Philanthropy — Spring 2013

They Shall Overcome

Meet the K–12 reform donors who strategically balance charitable giving, legislative advocacy, and direct political engagement.

By Christopher Levenick

Blending, Upending

Is blended learning the disruptive innovation of K–12 reform?

By Laura Vanderkam

Common Core’s Uncommon Rise

How donors helped create a movement for national standards

By Liam Julian

Interview with Betsy DeVos, the Reformer

For years now, she has been at the forefront of the educational-reform movement.

Interview with Eli Broad, the Investor

This visionary philanthropist details progress on his efforts to dramatically improve American K–12 education.

Lessons in Citizenship

American students are increasingly ignorant of American civics. Donors are working to revive appreciation of founding principles

By Naomi Schaefer Riley

Briefly Noted

Tuition at the Cooper Union, Bill Gates’ annual letter, Bloomberg at Johns Hopkins, and more

Magna Charter

Our schools won’t thrive until the charter ethic replaces the urban school district itself, says this leading reform expert.

By Andy Smarick

Small Change?

Foundations are turning to education-reform advocacy. How’s it going?

By Jay P. Greene

Getting What We Pay For

The promise and peril of America’s most selective public high schools

By Andrew Kelly

Books in Brief

Reviews of new books on why philanthropy matters, conscious capitalism, school leadership, and creating a charter school.

President’s Note

Breakthroughs in K–12 Education

By Adam Meyerson