If you're an educator who's yet to get Eli Broad money, now's a good time to suddenly remember that you and Bruce Reed knew each other in college. Or whatever. With a $6.9 billion fortune behind him, the new president of the Broad Education Foundation is going to become one of the powerful figures in U.S. education philanthropy starting, well, now.
While funding for efforts to recruit and retain talented K-12 teachers has grown exponentially in recent years, Carnegie has been working this problem forever. Where are its grants going these days?Read More
A small but growing group of funders believe that play is an overlooked area of education, believing that it's critical to helping kids learn social and emotional skills. Now the grant dollars are getting bigger.Read More
Mayors have become more critical figures on education as they've come to wield more power. They also loom larger on other issues, too. No funder is keener to boost these officials than Bloomberg.Read More
The Mind Trust is a hard hitting education reform group in Indianapolis. After a political shake-up in the city, Lilly is funding work by the group to design innovative new schools. Top national funders are also behind Mind Trust.Read More
We'll leave it to others to say whether billionaires should be meddling at all in public education systems, which have long been regarded as one of America's most democratic institutions. But if you are going to try and change a broken system, you better really understand it first.Read More
After twenty years of funding work on learning and teaching, George Lucas is not another billionaire parachuting into the ed wars as a newbie. Nor is he a charter school loving, teacher union busting, metric obsessed kind of billionaire.Read More