Foundations/Philanthropy

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School & District Management Education Is the Darling of Wealthy Philanthropists, But K-12 Is Losing Its Luster
Around the world, education is the largest recipient of philanthropic giving by a large margin, but in the United States, funders are moving away from investing in K-12 schools in favor of early childhood and higher education.
Christina A. Samuels, January 29, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion What Makes Teachers Thrive?
Susan Moore Johnson: What a failed $575 million investment in effective teaching got wrong—and what truly successful schools get right.
Susan Moore Johnson, September 10, 2019
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Arthur Levine in his office at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Arthur Levine in his office at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
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Education Funding Arthur Levine, Known for Harsh Critiques of Teacher-Preparation Programs, to Step Down
The 70-year-old president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, who called schools of education “unruly and disordered,” will end his tenure this month.
Madeline Will, June 18, 2019
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Teaching Profession Commentary Why Have Education Politics Gone National?
The recent wave of teacher strikes reflects a broader phenomenon, blurring the boundaries between national and local school politics, write three education professors.
Jeffrey R. Henig, Rebecca Jacobsen & Sarah Reckhow, April 4, 2019
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Education Funding Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Asked for Big New Education Ideas. Here's What They Got
As the first step in a new R&D initiative they're planning for K-12 education, the foundation and venture-philanthropy group are highlighting innovative ideas provided by nonprofits, universities, corporations, developers, and educators.
Benjamin Herold, March 20, 2019
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Education Funding Opinion Politically Speaking, 'School Reform' Has Gone Hollywood
Over the last decade, 87 percent or more of the political contributions made by staff at leading school reform organizations went to Democratic candidates and causes.
Rick Hess, March 12, 2019
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Data Kansas City Data-Sharing Effort Showcases Ballmer Group's Strategy
A $59 million investment in software developer Social Solutions aims to ease the flow of data among schools and social service providers.
Benjamin Herold, March 4, 2019
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Steve Ballmer was the CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014. Now the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, Ballmer and his wife Connie are investing heavily in a “wraparound approach” to improving K-12 schools.
Steve Ballmer was the CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014. Now the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, Ballmer and his wife Connie are investing heavily in a “wraparound approach” to improving K-12 schools.
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Equity & Diversity Ex-Microsoft CEO (No, Not That One) Giving Big to K-12
Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie have quietly committed more than $250 million to education-related efforts, but their philanthropic strategy differs from other tech billionaires.
Benjamin Herold, March 4, 2019
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Education Funding Education Donors Shift Priorities, Survey Suggests
Philanthropies may be moving away from big new investments with a K-12 academic focus and toward areas like social and emotional learning and wraparound services, Grantmakers in Education finds.
Christina A. Samuels, February 27, 2019
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School Choice & Charters Striking Teachers Are Targeting Charter Schools. But Are Charters Really a Threat?
Charter schools educate only about 7 percent of all public school students. But in some cities, charter schools have made significant inroads.
Arianna Prothero, February 25, 2019
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Education Funding News in Brief Conservative Network to Launch Group Promoting Initiatives for K-12
Officials with the powerful political network led by conservative billionaire Charles Koch say they are promoting a state-level education strategy that they hope educators and teachers' unions will support.
The Associated Press, February 12, 2019
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stands with his wife, Melinda, in this 2018 photo. The foundation that bears their name plans to invest in new models for training teachers on curriculum tightly aligned to state standards.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stands with his wife, Melinda, in this 2018 photo. The foundation that bears their name plans to invest in new models for training teachers on curriculum tightly aligned to state standards.
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Professional Development Gates Giving Millions to Train Teachers on 'High Quality' Curricula
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest about $10 million to improve how teachers are taught to use and modify curricula that are well aligned to state learning standards.
Stephen Sawchuk, January 7, 2019
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School & District Management Obituary Obituary
Harold O. Levy, the first noneducator to lead the nation’s largest school district, has died. He was 65.
December 11, 2018
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Construction goes on at the site of a new Amazon building, where space will be provided for a Mary's Place Family Shelter, in downtown Seattle. Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos' plan to fund preschools in poor communities puts him in the company of America's richest people who have dedicated some of their wealth to education, a legacy that has long challenged the role of poverty and capitalism in philanthropy.
Construction goes on at the site of a new Amazon building, where space will be provided for a Mary's Place Family Shelter, in downtown Seattle. Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos' plan to fund preschools in poor communities puts him in the company of America's richest people who have dedicated some of their wealth to education, a legacy that has long challenged the role of poverty and capitalism in philanthropy.
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Early Childhood Bezos' Investment in Pre-K Reflects Education as Favored Cause for Rich
From Jeff Bezos' free preschools to Andrew Carnegie's public libraries, education stands out as a favorite cause among America's wealthiest people.
The Associated Press, December 3, 2018
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