ERIC Number: ED568869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
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With the Best of Intentions: How Philanthropy Is Reshaping K-12 Education
Hess, Frederick M., Ed.
Harvard Education Press
Bringing together a mix of researchers and practitioners, "With the Best of Intentions" examines the major goals of recent philanthropic efforts and looks at some of the key lessons--for educators, philanthropists, policymakers, and community leaders--of philanthropic contributions to schools and school systems. From the Gates small school initiative to the Annenberg challenge to the Broad prize for urban education, philanthropic giving has played an increasingly prominent role in recent years in education reform efforts across the United States. Yet while we recognize that philanthropic organizations influence education in countless ways, we know strikingly little about the extent, dynamics, and results of their efforts. This lack of knowledge calls out for urgent attention of total K-12 spending, it has a disproportionate impact in shaping reform agendas and promoting cutting-edge efforts to improve schools and classrooms. "With the Best of Intentions" aims to fill this gap, offering lively perspectives on the role of philanthropy in K-12 education. It opens by surveying the current landscape in philanthropic giving to education, then examines the major goals of recent philanthropic efforts: building new schools, supporting troubled districts, promoting school choice, and advancing educational research and policy. The book concludes by looking at some of the major lessons--for educators, philanthropists, policymakers, and community leaders--of philanthropic contributions to schools and school systems. An informative and multifaceted volume, "With the Best of Intentions" is also full of debates and controversies. It will be of interest to scholars, policymakers, and education and community leaders--as well as to the philanthropic community itself.
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Educational Improvement
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education