Laurene Powell Jobs’ XQ is backing 2 new NYC high schools

Laurene Powell Jobs’ XQ is backing 2 new NYC high schools

With his final term winding down, former Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a flashy proposal to open or overhaul dozens of public schools, backed by $15 million from Laurene Powell Jobs’ XQ Institute and the Robin Hood Foundation.

Less than six months later, the coronavirus pandemic forced the city’s schools to shut down, pushing the “Imagine Schools NYC” competition onto the back burner. Enrollment losses accelerated during the pandemic, posing fresh challenges to launching new schools. And Robin Hood, which initially planned to spend $5 million to support 10 new schools, did not disburse that money and is working to “reshape” its funding commitment, officials said.

But the initiative was not completely shelved, and XQ is moving forward with funding for six high school projects in New York City, Chalkbeat has learned, including two new brick-and-mortar schools — one of which will open this September. XQ is also backing the city’s two virtual academies that will launch this fall.

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