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February 7, 2023

Worcester Education Collaborative receives $900K grant for education equity

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The Worcester Education Collaborative received a three-year $900,000 commitment from Quincy nonprofit the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to support work between the collaborative’s Education Equity Roundtable and the Worcester Public Schools.

The two entities will use the funds to collaborate on development of inclusive policies and best practices for equitable learning. The policies are intended to be specifically tailored to the population of Worcester’s public schools and larger communities, according to a Tuesday press release from the educational collaborative. The WEC, founded in 2010, is an independent organization that aims to utilize partnerships between schools to enhance educational opportunities. 

“This is a crucial opportunity to act upon factors that contribute to entrenched inequity and to effect changes that moves our city toward WEC’s vision of a transformational education community that enables all WPS students to achieve their full potential,” Jennifer Davis Carey, executive director of WEC, said in the press release. 

The grant comes at an important moment for the Worcester Public Schools system, which announced Rachel Monárrez as the new superintendent of schools in July. NMEF cited a renewed commitment to equity at WPS as a reason for the grant.

“The Foundation is excited about the community-driven momentum toward racial equity in Worcester,” Marcos Popovich, program director of grantmaking at NMEF, said in the press release. “When community partners are involved in advancing racial equity in schools, students are better positioned to receive the supports they need to thrive.” 

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