About 100 students from three schools in Brighton – the Edison K-8, Conservatory Lab Charter and St. Columbkille – performed a series of instrumental and vocal pieces for classmates, teachers, parents and local leaders Wednesday morning.
The concert not only showcased the young musicians’ talent but also illustrated some of the results of a historic, year-old partnership between Boston’s public school system, charter schools and Catholic schools.
The gathering celebrated a major financial boost for the innovative collaboration. On Wednesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will give a $3.25 million grant to foster the partnership, formally called the Boston Compact. Only seven US cities received one of the competitive grants in this round, officials said...
[Principal] Mary Driscoll told the audience that the partnership has helped boost arts opportunities at the Edison.
“The arts are not just an extracurricular,” she said. “The arts are how we are going to move our students forward.”
From the Boston Globe, "Boston's city, charter, Catholic schools sing praises of $3.25m grant to aid year-old partnership" (12/5/12):
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