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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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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent $120 million gift to San Francisco Bay Area public schools is no panacea—just ask Newark, writes Frederick M. Hess.
July 16, 2014 – Education Week
The Wallace Foundation is planning to sink $24 million into a new six-district initiative to improve the conditions and skill sets of principal supervisors.
February 19, 2014 – Education Week
The dispute between the district and the teachers' union over the jointly designed system shows the stark distinction between ambitious policy plans and the realities of implementation.
January 22, 2014 – Education Week
Like Teach For America, the fast-growing nonprofit group broadens the pipeline into education by drawing young talent from outside traditional preparation programs.
November 13, 2013 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
Since 2008, the philanthropy has spent about $700 million on a variety of teacher-quality initiatives. Critics fear that the Seattle-based foundation is having an outsized influence.
November 6, 2013 – Education Week
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose priorities include global health and U.S. education, has made initiatives focused on teacher quality a key dimension of its recent grantmaking strategy.
November 5, 2013 – Education Week
In an Education Week interview, the philanthropist speaks about the Gates Foundation's work on teacher issues, responds to criticism, and vows to keep a K-12 focus for the long haul.
October 17, 2013 – Education Week
September 18, 2013 – Education Week
A study found that requiring students to participate in community service to graduate led to significant boosts in 8th grade volunteering, but actually decreased volunteering among older students.
August 21, 2013 – Education Week
Rapid change in education—and society—has intensified the debate to a level not seen since the battles over school desegregation.
May 8, 2013 – Education Week

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