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Even when put on hold, callers to the Boston offices of City Year cannot escape the idealism that sparked the creation of this youth-service corps.
An informal coalition of foundations that support K-12 education has announced that it is transforming itself into an independent nonprofit organization and broadening its focus beyond precollegiate issues.
More than 1,500 foundation leaders gathered at the San Francisco Marriott hotel last week to look at how foundations contribute to the public good and to look back on how they have changed society.
Soon after Roger Landrum finished a stint in the Peace Corps in Nigeria in 1964, he decided to launch Teachers Inc., a teacher corps that operated in six East Coast cities for about seven years.
Troop 2140 opens its meeting with a time-honored tradition. Standing in a circle in a gymnasium, two dozen girls and their mothers hold up their right hands and recite the Girl Scout promise: "On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law."
It's two weeks until opening day, and the Garrison Wildcats are working on their eye contact. They kneel in a semicircle near the pitcher's mound while Coach John McCarthy drives home the point. "Eye contact, Anthony. Make eye contact," the coach tells his 10-year-old first baseman, whose attention has wandered during the pre-practice talk.
Business leaders in Delaware looked at the results of the 1994 survey with disbelief. Every public high school in the state had been asked how many times each year it received requests from employers to review transcripts of job applicants. All but four reported fewer than 10 requests a year. First conclusion? Delaware employers hire thousands of recent graduates and part-time high school students, but few bother to look at records of attendance and punctuality or find out how well applicants have done academically. Second conclusion? If this is happening in Delaware, there is a good chance it's happening in other states.
Are schools special places? Or are they just organizations that share most of the features and characteristics of all other organizations? I often ask teachers and administrators those questions. They begin by pointing out how schools are similar to other organizations. But as our conversation continues, their list of how schools are different begins to grow. Pretty soon most conclude that schools are indeed special places.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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