Over the past three decades, private money has played an inreasingly important role in the funding of public schools. Despite representing just over one percent of the current school budget, non-governmental funding has given private foundations unprecedented power to steer policy and spending decisions. in the last three years, increases in private spending on education have far outpaced increases in governmental spending.

The Expectations of Private Funders

The Expectations of Private Funders

A teacher walks down the hallway in Sunset Park High School, one of dozens of public schools in recent years to receive money from private foundations. (Photo by Jason Alcorn)   “Are you looking for Melika?” a teenage boy asks. He’s kicked back on a lounge with a friend, the two of them resting their  Read more »

Behind the Numbers

Behind the Numbers

Over the past three decades, private money has played an inreasingly important role in the funding of public schools. Despite representing just over one percent of the current school budget, non-governmental funding has given private foundations unprecedented power to steer policy and spending decisions. in the last three years, increases in private spending on education have far outpaced increases in governmental spending.

Beyond Private Foundations: Parents and Corporate Partners Remain Hard at Work

Beyond Private Foundations: Parents and Corporate Partners Remain Hard at Work

  Foundations like Gates, Broad and Walton aren’t the only players in the effort to improve public education.  Both parents and corporate partners have been making long-term investments in advocating and paying for a better educational experience for America’s children.  But parents and corporations have very different agendas from the non-profit world and these agendas  Read more »

Digital Learning Pilot Programs Attract Private Funding

Digital Learning Pilot Programs Attract Private Funding

Daria Ng is busy hammering out the curriculum for Let’s Talk Sustainability, a pilot program that will teach 15 students about ways to maintain the environment in just a few months. Yet, while the word “sustainability” may bring to mind images of flowers shinning in morning dew and sparkling freshwater lakes, students in this program  Read more »

Tony Bennett Helps Students Explore the Arts

Tony Bennett Helps Students Explore the Arts

A black Lincoln Navigator rolled to a stop on 36th Street in Astoria, Queens, while two curious high school students tried guessing which celebrity might be inside. Luis Feliciano and a classmate from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts were on lunch break during a field trip to the Museum of the Moving Image, when  Read more »