John Thompson: Why Bill Gates Must Read Anthony Cody’s Book

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

John Thompson reviews Anthony Cody’s néw book THE EDUCATOR AND THE OLIGARCH. The book recapitulates Cody’s five-part debate with the Gates Foundation. Thompson says Cody demolished their spokesmen.

Thompson writes that Cody won the debate, hands down:

“They probably didn’t expect a mere teacher to assemble and concisely present such an overwhelming case against their policies. But, who knows?, perhaps they were completely unaware of the vast body of social science that Cody drew upon, and they blamed the messenger for the education research he brought to the table. The Educator and the Oligarch explains how the failed Gates reforms could create an education dystopia.”

Best of all is Thompson’s summary of Cody’s proposal for how Gates ought to be evaluated.

Example:

“Since Bill Gates, more than any other person, is responsible for the absurd evaluations that are now being imposed on teachers, Cody wonders if Gates’ practice as a…

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Childbuilders: “Prevention is the Heart of the Thing” – Children | Youth | Grants – Inside Philanthropy

One way to help ensure that kids turn into thriving adults is to reduce their exposure to abusive situations. That logic of prevention is why the Houston Endowment has long been investing in a nonprofit called Childbuilders.

Childbuilders: “Prevention is the Heart of the Thing” – Children | Youth | Grants – Inside Philanthropy.

From Appalachia, Another Example of Why This is a Golden Age of Energy Philanthropy – Inside Philanthropy

If you’re not tracking the explosion of giving by energy companies, you should be—especially if you raise money for STEM, higher ed, or workforce. Just look at this big give by Chevron in Appalachia.

From Appalachia, Another Example of Why This is a Golden Age of Energy Philanthropy   – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

Two Lessons From a Big Give to San Antonio Children’s Hospital – Hospitals | Health Centers | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy

This $4 million gift isn’t the biggest we’ve seen lately, but it’s a reminder of two important points: Energy companies are loaded right now, and the motives for healthcare giving are very personal.

Two Lessons From a Big Give to San Antonio Children’s Hospital – Hospitals | Health Centers | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy.

A Bid to Tackle Youth Unemployment, With a Focus on Employers. But Will it Work? Inside Philanthropy

There’s keen interest right now in connecting young people of color to the work world, and the Rockefeller Foundation is a big funder in this tough terrain. One of their strategies? Changing employer attitudes.

A Bid to Tackle Youth Unemployment, With a Focus on Employers. But Will it Work?  – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

Annenberg Institute Proposes New Rules for Charter Schools

Kiersten Marek:

Interesting ideas and proposals for how to make charter schools more accountable…

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Warren Simmons, president of the Annenberg Institute, here releases a set of rules for the operation of charter schools intended to make them transparent and accountable. The question he raises is whether charters can become not only more transparent and accountable, but can they operate without damaging public schools.

The report recognizes that some charters have no interest in accountability or transparency. Indeed, there are so many well-documented cases of fraud and abuse that it is hard to be sure that this industry can be regulated, especially when it has often made sizable campaign contributions to legislators in a position to write regulations.

The Annenberg report begins:

In the last two decades, charter schools have grown into a national industry with 2.5 million students, more than 6,000 schools, and a burgeoning market of management services, vendors, policy shops, and advocacy organizations. State laws and charter authorizing standards have not kept…

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