Philanthropy

Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Aug. 3, 2018

There’s No Back to School for the Kids Who Get Shot and Killed

Outrage: They’re Dying More than 60 youth have been shot here in Chicago this year. At least 20 of those this summer and some of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Why Are We Complaining About Common Funding a Charter School? It’s a Good Thing

Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times released an article announcing that Chicago native, rapper and actor, Common, was financially backing an arts-focused charter school. And as…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 14, 2017

Are Education Reformers Willing to Put Our Money Where Our Mouth Is?

It’s getting uncomfortable out there. Amidst a national period of divisiveness and polarization, “edu-politics,” the politics of public education, is in a tender state. Rank…

By Lea Crusey

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Posted Oct. 23, 2017

Bill Gates’ Education Priorities Reflect His Respect for the Field

In the last 17 years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $3.4 billion dollars to improve public education. Among other things, Gates helped…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 4, 2017

3 Rules for Transforming School Districts That I Learned Here in D.C.

D.C. is worth a long look if you want to make change in urban education. I have witnessed—and was fortunate enough to play a role…

By Jessica Rauch

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Posted Nov. 4, 2016

With Strike Three, Education For This Election Cycle Is Out

In all three nationally televised presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there were missed opportunities to address what some consider the most important…

By Tim Taylor

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Posted June 3, 2016

Our Schools Need Edu-Philanthropy’s Dollars and Its Policy Priorities

Is there a meaningful role for philanthropy in our push to improve our public schools? While we may think the answer is a simple one,…

By Arthur Levine

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Posted June 3, 2016

Failure Is a Part of Success: The Gates Foundation Should Be Praised for Owning Up

A recent Los Angeles Times editorial suggested that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been characterized by hubris. It has hedged big bets, hoping…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Feb. 10, 2016

Big Donors Give to Charters Because They Can’t Abide How Districts Hire, Fire, and Promote

Richard Whitmire, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and author of several education books, has a piece in the LA School Report that takes a look at why big education donors have moved away from giving to districts and have shifted their money to charter schools. Despite the common narrative that these philanthropists are 'anti union', Whitmire reveals that donors tend to be agnostic when it comes to unions; their issue is with how…

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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