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Updated September 10, 2018
Lifting the veil on education’s newest big donor: Inside Chan Zuckerberg’s $300 million push to reshape schools
The new numbers offer hints about how broadly CZI may try to extend its influence, as Zuckerberg’s billions position the organization to become even more powerful.
April 19, 2018
Walton memo recommends charter advocates do more to persuade Democrats and appease unions
An internal memo offers a playbook for charter advocates after a high-profile defeat in Massachusetts.
March 12, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for equal education in Memphis still a dream, new book says
Memphis advocacy group Campaign for School Equity recently published the book to bring awareness to King's belief that education is key to economic equality.
Politics & Policy
March 8, 2018
Walton gives Indianapolis Public Schools $1.7 million to increase principal power
The foundation is known for offering startup grants for charter.
inside the playbook
December 6, 2017
A ‘portfolio’ of schools? How a nationwide effort to disrupt urban school districts is gaining traction
From Atlanta to Cincinnati to Oakland, a loosely connected network of nonprofit groups is working to reshape the way their school districts function.
money for reform
November 13, 2017
Where do the nation’s big charter boosters send their cash? More and more to charter networks
Wealthy charter school backers have directed most of their money to a select number of states, particularly ones where charter schools are better at raising test scores.
October 17, 2017
Independent charter schools look to raise their profile, apart from networks and Betsy DeVos
At a symposium last week number of independent charter school leaders agreed to launch a new national organization.
September 12, 2017
Diverse charter schools in New York City to get boost from Walton money
The Walton Family Foundation will invest $2.2 million in new mixed-income charter schools in New York City.
September 11, 2017
For a struggling Colorado school district, full-day preschool — and the unusual way it’s paid for — shows promise
Promising first-year results from a study of full-day preschool in Westminster Public Schools have stoked optimism about a new financing mechanism officials are testing.
year in review
December 19, 2016
Movers and shakers: Significant comings and goings in Colorado education in 2016
Turnover in the education commissioner job, a sabbatical for Denver's schools chief and upheaval in suburban school district leadership marked 2016.
Movers and shakers
November 18, 2016
Colorado League of Charter Schools president Nora Flood leaving to lead new Walton Family Foundation program
Flood is leaving to help run a new program at the Walton Family Foundation.
Politics & Policy
July 27, 2016
Detroit’s vicious cycle: Why national education groups aren’t coming to help some of the country’s most troubled schools
With some of the nation’s most devastated schools, Detroit is in desperate need of new ideas, new energy — and lots of money.
November 6, 2015
Teach For America in Memphis will receive $4.5 million of national Walton foundation gift
More than $4.5 million of a $50 million grant announced this week for Teach For America will go to support and recruit corps members in Memphis .
Charters & Choice
December 19, 2013
Walton Foundation announces $6 million donation to voucher group
The new donation will more than double the Alliance for School Choice's financial resource.
September 20, 2013
NYC sitting out national move to tie charter, district admissions
Superintendent Seth Andrew at a 2012 Democracy Prep admissions lottery event. When the city announced last week that a kindergarten admissions website would link to the charter school application, it took a small first step toward unifying charter and district school applications. But there appears to be little local enthusiasm for a fully unified enrollment process—something that many of the nation's other large school districts are working toward with urgency. In Denver, parents can apply to every charter and district school through one form and a single process. In New Orleans, the same is possible, with the exception of some of the city's highest-performing charter schools. Newark is well on its way, as is Chicago, and similar discussions are taking place in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. But while there hasn't been any significant movement on that front yet in New York, city officials have indicated it's a long term goal. "Eventually, we plan to streamline the application process to allow parents to apply to many types of public school programs in one place – be they district, charter, gifted and talented, or otherwise," department spokesman Devon Puglia said. Pushing for an integrated enrollment system could help cement charter schools' place in the city's school system at a time of political uncertainty for the charter sector. But city charter school advocates have indicated that they are focused on other issues.
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