Why have a Compact?

Boston outperforms many other cities in public education, yet pockets of excellence have been isolated. While educators in the Boston Public Schools, Boston charter public schools and Catholic schools have employed numerous successful practices, educators have been largely isolated in their sectors. 

Young students engaged at schoolPrior to the establishment of the Boston Compact, schools had no formal venue to build mutually beneficial relationships. They had no infrastructure for sharing data and best practices. They were hard pressed to work together in a productive manner.

Now, many schools across Boston work together to improve outcomes for historically underserved children, particularly English language learners, students with disabilities and Black and Latino boys. They share effective teaching and school leadership practices. They coordinate transportation and work to streamline the enrollment processes for families. They hold one another accountable.

In short, Boston’s Compact provides a venue in which differently-governed schools work with one another and put the comprehensive needs of Boston’s children first.