Members of the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation include business leaders and community volunteers.
Melillo Middle School students display folders donated to their classroom by Neighbors Emergency Center through the education foundation. Students are from left to right, front row: Khari Walker and Steve Alvarez; middle row: Xavier Lopez and Destiny Vela; and back row: Cory'on Matthews, Miguel Bazaldua and Bryan Santacruz.
The Pasadena ISD Education Foundation was recently named one of the top 10 foundations in a national "Stepping Up" study conducted by Dewey and Associates, advocates for K-12 education.
Pasadena ISD placed ninth in the study, tying with Indian River County in Florida. This is the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation’s second year to place in the study, following a top 50 ranking in 2014.
“Pasadena ISD is blessed with educators that think beyond the everyday curriculum,” said Cindy Parmer, the organization's executive director. “The Education Foundation, with the support of donors, is able to bring their ideas to life making Pasadena ISD classrooms and campuses better places to learn.”
This year the "Stepping Up" study opened up competition to education foundations in the 200 largest school districts by population. Pasadena ISD was ranked with districts in Division 4, which included foundations with less than $500,000 in revenue.
Each foundation was evaluated on eight key performance categories to determine the rankings, annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student and volunteers.
The goal of the study is to raise awareness of the importance of education foundations.
“Most parents have never heard of their local K-12 education foundation, yet nearly all children are impacted by the foundation’s work,” said Dewey Caruthers, president of Dewey & Associates and author of the study. “Education foundations enhance public education in many vital ways, for instance, with scholarships that send low-income students to college, and with arts and music programs that open children’s minds to more than a high-stakes test and dropout prevention efforts that keep students from quitting, just to name a few.”
To see the full results of the study, visit www.deweyandassociates.com.