GiftED: Private Money, Public School
"...Stand for Children's clout capsized in an Aspen, Colo., conference room in June when its founder, Jonah Edelman, was videotaped describing the group's use of money and prowess to insert itself into the legislative process. In doing so, Mr. Edelman, the son of prominent Washington social activists, committed one of Springfield's greatest sins: he told."
Policy-making billionaires: the New York Times
"...some of the biggest advocates for charter schools, including the Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation of Eli and Edythe Broad, shifted gears several years ago and began pouring billions of dollars into advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. One result: The Obama administration's $4.3 billion 'Race to the Top' grant program, whose rules prohibited states from limiting the number of charter schools."
"...economic inequality reverberates through the American educational system."
"The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is trying to balance parental donations with the need for equal education opportunities for all."
"Philanthropies play a valuable and innovative role in schools, particularly in tight budget times, says an insider."