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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.
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The school choice movement and No Child Left Behind have helped fuel the expansion of and other school ratings services.
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Instead of increasing overall financial support, donors in 2011 were increasingly focused on supporting "new and emerging initiatives across the education pipeline."
January 11, 2012 – Education Week
Philanthropies play a valuable and innovative role in schools, particularly in tight budget times, Heather Zavadsky writes.
November 16, 2011 – Education Week
The new $250,000 prize will single out charter networks with a track record of academic success.
November 9, 2011 – Education Week
Both the civil liberties organization and parents say they want to know more about how the highly publicized $100 million gift to Newark schools will be spent.
October 19, 2011 – Digital Directions
Familiar names keep cropping up as finalists for the prestigious Broad Prize, causing some to wonder if the successful strategies of winning districts are spreading anywhere else.
October 19, 2011 – Education Week
The diverse North Carolina district was singled out for its success in narrowing achievement gaps among its 133,600 students.
September 20, 2011 – Education Week
Almost all of the anonymous donors who had pledged $405,000 toward the buyout backed out, according to a district statement.
September 7, 2011 – Education Week
Educators in Denver, Gwinnett County, Ga., and four other districts around the county plan to use their share of the $75 million grants to enhance mentor, residency, and other training programs for aspiring and novice principals.
August 31, 2011 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
Five philanthropists have already committed $5 million to Chicago's plan, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he plans to raise an additional $5 million.
August 16, 2011 – Education Week

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