Strings Attached: Why Philadelphia Schools May Reject a $35 Million Gift

The School District of Philadelphia faces an $80 million budget deficit. But does that mean it's ready to take a big pile of money from anonymous donors pushing for more charters schools? Maybe not.
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Why These Ed Funders Think We Should Review Curriculum Like We Review Toasters

Three major funders who have invested heavily in the adoption of the Common Core are now putting their weight behind a new group that is being billed as "the Consumer Reports of school materials."
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Eight Ways to Land K-12 STEM Funding

Funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) is one of the most active and growing fields of philanthropy. This article will give you a packed synopsis of some of the main avenues to K-12 STEM funding, including eight main approaches that frequently attract funds, and links to funders throughout.
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Classrooms too full, or just too stifling? Gates Foundation Gives $9 Million to New Learning Models

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation turned its funding attention to alternatives to traditional classroom learning models in its latest set of secondary and post-secondary education grants. In June 2012, the foundation announced $9 million in funding for "breakthrough learning models", including those of the online or blended online and traditional varieties.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About "Good Teachers"

It's always interesting to watch the Gates Foundation tackle a big problem. With so much more resources than other foundations, Gates can shell out millions just doing their homework — before then spending the truly big money.

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