Knight Foundation Awards $2 Million to School Improvement Initiative

New American Schools, a nonpartisan, business-led nonprofit organization dedicated to shaping and driving a comprehensive school reform movement, has received a $2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to fund a range of services for schools, school districts, and state departments of education.

The Knight Foundation grant will support four NAS activities: supporting consulting services to state departments of education, school districts, charter/contract schools, and traditional schools; identifying and assisting high-quality providers of innovative approaches, products, and services for classroom instruction and management; providing sources of capital and technical assistance to high-quality providers through the Education Entrepreneurs Fund, which provides loan terms tailored to their particular needs; and providing a national forum to exchange best practices and advocate for policy development at all levels of government.

"With the Knight Foundation's support, we will build on our decade-long tradition of developing school improvement strategies proven to help students enhance their performance," said NAS president Mary Anne Schmitt. "This grant allows us to reach more schools and students and, importantly, influence and support district and state decisions that directly shape what goes on in the classroom."

"Knight Foundation Awards New American Schools $2 Million to Support School Improvement Strategies" New American Schools Press Release 10/02/2001.