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  • More Than Just Academics

    April 2015

    Andy Smarick

    Some might view the decline of Catholic schools as a Catholic problem. In reality it is an urban education problem that should concern everyone. Catholic schools have power and potential beyond book learning.

  • Suing for Reform

    October 2014

    Ashley May

    An education donor went to court; will other givers and other causes follow? 

  • Don't Surrender the Academy

    October 2014

    Frederick Hess , Taryn Hochleitner

    To the chagrin of reformers, the way that it stands 'blowing up' our existing schools of education is just not a viable option: The case for donors to get involved with schools of education. 

  • Excellence in the Classroom

    July 2014

    Laura Vanderkam

    How can philanthropic investment help bring about a world where every child has a string of good teachers—not an occasional lucky assignment?

  • School Magic

    July 2014

    Dustin Petzold

    Since 1998, 139,000 students have had their life courses altered by the Children’s Scholarship Fund, a program created by donors. In her new book Opportunity and Hope, Naomi Schaefer Riley brings us the stories of ten of the students who benefited from this effort.

  • Briefly Noted

    April 2014

    Schools need better teaching, not more money: Bill Gates. Celebrity philanthropy fizz. Bureaucracy-ridden sluggards.

  • The Tough Road to Excellence

    January 2014

    Dustin Petzold

    What educators abroad have to teach American reformers: Reporter Amanda Ripley argues that the debate on education policy should transcend national boundaries, and that we may want to look to education innovators abroad for ideas and inspiration. 

  • Donating a Motive to Strive

    January 2014

    Carrie Besnette Hauser

    Colorado oilman Tim Marquez and wife Bernadette funnel kids to college with the Denver Scholarship Foundation. 

  • Mediocrity Be Gone

    October 2013

    Kari Barbic

    The Relay Graduate School of Education is revolutionizing teacher training.  

  • Playing the Long Game

    October 2013

    Aaron Gell

    Meet Eli and Edythe Broad, winners of the 2013 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

  • Blending, Upending

    April 2013

    Laura Vanderkam

    Is blended learning the disruptive innovation of K–12 reform? Check out this preview from The Philanthropy Roundtable’s new guidebook “Blended Learning: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Tech-assisted Teaching” by Laura Vanderkam.

  • Lessons in Citizenship

    April 2013

    Naomi Schaefer Riley

    American students are increasingly ignorant of American civics, notes Naomi Schaefer Riley. Fortunately, a few private donors have taken the lead in the effort to restore a healthy appreciation for the Founding principles.

  • Common Core’s Uncommon Rise

    April 2013

    Liam Julian

    Released in 2010, the Common Core Standards are the first set of shared, nationwide, grade-by-grade benchmarks for what students are expected to learn. Liam Julian details how philanthropists helped create a movement for national standards.

  • President's Note

    April 2013

    Adam Meyerson

     

  • Getting What We Pay For

    April 2013

    Andrew Kelly

    Andrew Kelly takes a look at magnet schools—what makes them special, and how donors can help.

  • Small Change?

    April 2013

    Jay P. Greene

    Foundations are turning to education-reform advocacy. How’s it going? Check out Jay Greene’s review of “Follow the Money: How Foundation Dollars Change Public School Politics” from the Spring issue of “Philanthropy” magazine.

  • Magna Charter

    April 2013

    Andy Smarick

    The traditional urban public school system is broken. It cannot be fixed. It must be replaced. In this Reviews and Commentary piece, Andy Smarick argues that American public education cannot thrive until the existing urban school district is replaced by the charter ethic.

  • Interview with Betsy DeVos, the Reformer

    April 2013

    For years, Betsy DeVos has been at the forefront of the educational-reform movement. Today, as chairman of the American Federation for Children, she is pushing to promote parental choice in American public education. In this feature interview, DeVos explains how she is working to make it possible for all of the nation's parents—regardless of their zip code—to find the right school for their children.

  • They Shall Overcome

    April 2013

    Christopher Levenick

    Meet the K–12 reform donors who strategically balance charitable giving, legislative advocacy, and direct political engagement. Philanthropy editor-in-chief Christopher Levenick reports in this cover story from our Spring issue on K-12 giving.

  • Interview with Eli Broad, the Investor

    April 2013

    When it comes to re-imagining how America's children can learn, Eli and Edythe Broad are among the nation's most visionary philanthropists. Their investments range across the full spectrum of educational reform, from advocacy to personnel to technology. Take a look at our interview with Broad, in which he details progress on his efforts to dramatically improve American K–12 education.