When Chicago Public Schools announced that it would close some of the lowest-performing schools in its most troublesome neighborhoods, it ignited a fierce debate over public education. What few noticed was the role of the one of the nation’s richest families — in the form of the Walton Family Foundation — helped put the plan into action.
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
Walton Family Foundation's already substantial K-12 funding grew more than 20 percent over last year, topping $200 million. We check in on an ever more muscular crusade to remake education in the U.S.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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."Read More