Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has doled out more than $150 million to school districts in recent weeks.
Gideon Stein and Alice Cain: The coronavirus offers a chance to change how education philanthropies collaborate.
Mentoring is increasingly at the heart of Summit Learning’s public pitch as it tries to make its way into more schools amid skepticism about students’ screen time and pushback in schools where some say the program relies too heavily on computers.
Mike Feinberg, out at KIPP after sexual harassment and abuse allegations, continues work in education reform
Feinberg has worked to help start new charter schools in Texas and is also employed as a consultant by the Center for Education Reform.
More charter operators are offering a plan B to alumni who drop out of traditional college. Will it work?
As charter operators have gotten more low-income students of color to college, some are realizing they need to do more to help alumni who’ve dropped out. Now, some are partnering with Southern New Hampshire University to get their graduates online degrees.
Looking for a home? You’ve seen GreatSchools ratings. Here’s how they nudge families toward schools with fewer black and Hispanic students.
GreatSchools’ ratings effectively penalize schools that serve largely low-income students and those serving largely black and Hispanic students.
We found a fairly strong relationship between school ratings and a school’s share of low-income students, as well as its share of black and Hispanic students.
How sometimes-overhyped claims about the future of work drive XQ, the organization helping NYC open new schools
It’s an idea that has captured the attention of philanthropists and politicians of many stripes, but the evidence for this is not nearly as strong as XQ suggests.
Political arm of charter-friendly group The City Fund has $15 million — and is now spending on school board races
Public School Allies has directed money toward to school board races in Atlanta, Camden, Newark, and St. Louis, and state elections in Louisiana, Georgia, and New Jersey.
More than $600,000 of the total is going to groups in Philadelphia.
3 things to know about XQ, the Laurene Powell Jobs-backed group set to help create new schools in NYC
XQ, backed by Laurene Powell Jobs, has already spent millions trying to “reinvent” schools across the country.
How Khan Academy, the popular free tool for students, wants to play a more official role in America’s classrooms
Known for its free online tutorials, Khan Academy is now formally selling its services to school districts, putting it in direct competition with other education technology vendors.
Summit Learning reports highlight big ambitions for personalized learning, struggles to prove academic success
Leaders behind the Summit Learning technology platform and curriculum once set a goal that it be used in half of U.S. public schools by 2025. Now, growth has slowed.
One year after announcing $93 million in grants to 21 nonprofits, Gates Foundation says their continuous improvement model might not work, but that it’s worth the risk.
XQ, one of the best-funded school reform initiatives, has struggled to translate its spending and unconventional strategy into widespread attention to its cause.
Summit Learning, the Zuckerberg-backed platform, says 10% of schools quit using it each year. The real figure is higher.
The numbers offer a starting point for understanding the scope of pushback to Summit Learning — which has made headlines in Brooklyn, Connecticut, Kansas, and elsewhere.
Montessori can both contribute to and ameliorate school segregation, Debs points out in “Diverse Families, Desirable Schools.”
The Common Core appears to have led to modest declines in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math scores.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has made over $100 million in education grants since 2018, new disclosure shows
The list of grants represents CZI’s first thorough accounting of its education giving, indicating that the organization remains one of the largest education philanthropy
Achievement First charter network, still receiving Sackler money, joins nonprofits weighing opioid-linked donations
Is the Achievement First charter network still receiving money from any member of the Sackler family, which has been accused of fueling the national opioid epidemic? “Yes,” co-founder Dacia Toll said. Then she explained why.
The Gates Foundation is hoping better curriculum will boost student learning. A new study says, not so fast
The results raise questions about the likelihood the Gates Foundation’s curriculum-focused approach will do what its leaders hoped.
Summit Learning, a fast-growing “personalized learning” system, touts a partnership with Harvard researchers even though Summit actually turned down their proposal to study the model.
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