EDCO Collaborative has a long and diverse history, beginning in 1969 as a private consortium of public schools prior to the enactment of the first Massachusetts collaborative legislation and continuing to the present as a public collaborative. EDCO’s mission has been consistent throughout its history, focusing on the power of inter-district and inter-agency collaboration to meet the needs of underserved and at risk students and adults.
Education Collaborative for Greater Boston, Inc.
Education Collaborative for Greater Boston, Inc. began as a private, not-for-profit corporation formed by superintendents from seven member school districts. Their mission was to provide opportunities for collaboration among staff and students in urban and suburban school districts. Over time, school districts began to see the value in collaborating on other education issues such as special education, school-to-work, vocational education and professional development for teachers. A grant from the Ford Foundation in the early 80’s allowed for the development of additional programs related to curriculum and instruction, and membership grew along with the services offered.
In 1988, after the passage of the legislation encouraging collaboration, EDCO Collaborative was formed as a public collaborative under Chapter 40, Section 4E, to complement the services offered by the private not-for-profit corporation. Many of the programs operated under the original organization were shifted to the public collaborative. The private corporation remained as an affiliated agency with shared administration.
When additional changes in the legislation were anticipated, Education Collaborative for Greater Boston, Inc. was dissolved. All of its assets were transferred to EDCO Collaborative, and the contracts and programs managed by ECGB, Inc. were reassigned by the funding agencies to EDCO. Today, EDCO continues to strengthen programs and services to its member and nonmember districts and to support both local and statewide educational programs funded by federal and state contracts.