The Rex Organization’s charitable foundation awarded $860,000 in grants to 48 local educational groups Saturday.
The Pro Bono Publico Foundation, formed by the Carnival organization after Hurricane Katrina, gave its largest grant, $50,000, to the Greater New Orleans chapter of Teach for America, the program that recruits college graduates to teach for two years in low-income communities and is heavily relied upon by many New Orleans charter schools. One-fifth of students in the Louisiana Delta-New Orleans region are now taught by Teach for America teachers or alumni, according to TFA data.
The remaining grants ranged between $10,000 and $25,000, though the foundation did not release the amount of each individual grant, Stephen Hales, of Rex, said.
The 27 schools and charter networks that received grants were: Audubon Charter School, Arise Academy, Belle Chasse Academy, Bricolage Academy, Choice Foundation, Collegiate Academies, Crescent City Schools, Einstein Charter School, FirstLine Schools, InspireNOLA Charter Schools, International School of Louisiana, Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy-East, Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy-West, KIPP New Orleans Schools, Lake Forest Charter School, McDonogh City Park Academy, McMillan’s First Steps Academy, NOCCA, New Orleans Charter Math and Science High School (Sci High), New Orleans College Prep, New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, Raphael Academy, ReNew Charter Management, St. Michael Special School, the Chartwell Center, the Good Shepherd School and the Warren Easton Charter Foundation.
In addition, these 20 organizations providing educational programming, training, research and support received awards: 4POINT0 Schools, Bayou District Foundation, Center for Development and Learning, City Year New Orleans, Communities in Schools New Orleans, Eastbank Collective of Charter Schools, Hope Stone Kids New Orleans, KID smART, Louisiana Appleseed Center for Law and Science, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, Leading Educators Greater New Orleans, New Leaders GNO, New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, New Schools for New Orleans, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission — Taylor Park, Stand for Children Louisiana, the Posse Foundation, Tulane University — Cowen Institute, Urban League College Track and YA-YA.