Schoola is the creation of Stacey Boyd—parent, former teacher and school principal. In 1997, she built an inner-city charter school from the ground up. A year later it was one of the highest-performing middle schools in Boston. Stacey saw firsthand how children who struggled in math could come alive in music class. How profoundly art, physical education, field trips and foreign language could affect students. She also saw how hard it was to get funds to support these programs. And how easy it was for the programs to get cut.