Silicon Valley Community Foundation sees the Common Core State Standards not only as a means for ensuring access to a first-class education for all children in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, but also as a unique opportunity to foster greater collaboration among the over 50 school districts in its home area.
Under new leadership by a local businessman, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is working to convince Kansas City educators and civic leaders that it still has their interests at heart. A Kauffman-funded report that proposed dismantling the Kansas City Public Schools, however, may have dealt those efforts a slight setback.
A grant from the Hewlett Foundation will help train California teachers to use creative activities and the arts to stimulate student mastery of reading and math — and the activities are aligned with the new Common Core standards being implemented in California and many other states across the country.
During recent years, the NoVo Foundation has been one of the biggest funders of Social and Emotional Learning work. Now, with an announcement of a "pause" in SEL grantmaking, that gravy train seems to be coming to an end. Which is too bad.
Hedge fund manager Sean Fieler chairs the American Principles Project, one of the groups organizing against the Common Core. He has largely bankrolled APP's campaign against the Common Core, which he sees as an attempt to nationalize American education and undermine the role of parents.
In response to a White House summit on college access, the Hewlett Foundation plans to recommend that its board allocate an additional $2.5 million for college readiness-related work. The additional funding will benefit mainly past recipients of Hewlett support.
It's no surprise that techies would see entrepreneurship as a key to improving America's school and bankroll an outfit like the NewSchools Venture Fund, which extends the venture capital concept from business to education, investing in "edupreneurs."
Not every teacher is a good math teacher. The California Community Foundation recently presented a $155,000 check to a Los Angeles County school district to boost teachers' math skills.
Opponents of the Common Core present themselves as grassroots activists, but their efforts are supported by a range of wealthy conservative activists and foundations who have lined up to roll back the national education standards that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Sometimes it seems like the education arena is just one big fight between rich people and teachers unions. But rarely has that fight ended up in a courtroom, which is exactly what's happening right now in Los Angeles.