Why This Works

There is a Crisis in California Education.  Right now the chances that our low-income children will end up graduating from high school are the same as whether they will end up in jail. This is unacceptable.  There are many potential solutions being discussed. Charter schools and public school reform movements are promising, but take time to implement.  We need a solution for children in school today.  The BASIC Fund is that solution. Instead of 50% dropping out of school, 95% are graduating.  Students are taught discipline, ethics, and study habits that follow them throughout their lives.  Parents are empowered to make decisions for their family - empowered to make a difference. 

 

The Crisis

High school graduation rates of less than 70% for low-income Bay Area students in public schools.

High school dropouts are 3 times more likely than college graduates to live below the poverty line, and 8 times more likely to serve time in jail.

Only 46% of students in California scored ‘Proficient’ to ‘Advanced’ on the 3rd grade CST Reading Test in 2011.

Only 25% of students in California performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level in 2011.

California ranked 46th in the country in 4th grade mathematics, and 47th in reading in 2011. These numbers only get worse when we look at 8th grade scores.

 

 

Source: PISA 2009 Results

Source: PISA 2009 Results

Our Solution

Over 95% of our 8th grade students graduate from High School.

 65%  of our 8th grade graduates are awarded substantial and often full scholarships to private Bay Area high schools

100% of our parents are required to contribute to their children’s education – a key factor in our students’ success

There are more than 9,000 empty seats at private and parochial schools in the Bay Area. We can fill those seats today! 

The ability to choose the best education for their children empowers parents, and fosters community engagement.

Continuous support through 8th grade provides stability for families and schools.

Increased enrollment supports schools and strengthens communities.

100% of all donations go to scholarships.  All administrative costs are covered by the Board of Directors.

 Contact us to visit a school and see how this is working - helping thousands of children - today.

 

Private schools have thousands of empty seats, and with your help we can fill those seats today. No waiting for policy changes, no winning a lottery.

The Research

There is a wealth of information available on the current status of education and the impact quality education choices can have on a child's life. Listed below are some links and downloads to the ones we find most compelling.

California District Report Card, The Education Trust - West 

The Case for Educational Choice  by Jon East

Does Competition Improve Public Schools? New Evidence from the Florida Tax-Credit Scholarship Program by Cassandra M. D. Hart and David Figlio

Students First CA - great place for news about education issues in California

School Choice as a Latent Variable: Estimating the “Complier Average Causal Effect” of Vouchers in Charlotte by Joshua M. Cowen

Making Democratic Education Work by William G. Campbell  

A Public Education Primer - Basic (and Sometimes Surprising) Facts About the U.S. Education System by Nancy Kober and Alexandra Usher

Because of your support, I have had the privilege to take a hold of my education. I thank you for what you have done because you have given us something no one can ever take away: hope and the courage to strive to reach whatever we aspire to be.
— Tammia, a BASIC Fund Graduate, and recent graduate from Ithaca College