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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Bezos has committed $2 billionto open preschools in low-income neighborhoods and support nonprofits that help homeless families.
—Cliff Owen/AP

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Ambitious Pre-K Move Sparks Wary Reactions

The world's richest man says he wants to help tackle one of the biggest issues in education: improving early-childhood learning. (September 24, 2018)

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To help teachers forge deeper connections with students and their families, DonorsChoose.org and the Carnegie Corporation of New York have launched a campaign to raise money for such efforts.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $1.7 billion pledge last week is just the latest iteration of a K-12 funding strategy for an influential philanthropy that has shifted more than once over two decades.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week
Bill Gates outlined new investments for school networks, curricula, and research and development, and a pivot away from long-time investments that are difficult to sustain or scale up.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
The philanthropist unapologetically pushed for more charters and shaped hundreds of district leaders amid a wave of billionaire entrepreneurs who sought to overhaul public education.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan will invest hundreds of millions of dollars per year in a new, "whole-child" vision of personalized learning.
June 29, 2017 – Education Week
Two of the biggest names in technology and education philanthropy are jointly funding a $12 million initiative to support customized instruction.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
The confirmation process for education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos drilled deep into what a letter from some senators called her "complicated network of investment entities, assets, and trusts."
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
Will the NAACP and the Movement for Black Lives' demands to halt new charters sway black support for the sector?
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
The District of Columbia school system wants to help close an "enrichment gap" by paying for students to travel internationally before they graduate.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Charters have evolved from the original idea of allowing parents and teachers to create new kinds of public schools into a powerful movement driven, to a large extent, by private philanthropy.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week

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