ON-Lion Letter

Philanthropy plays a large role in American K–12 education today.  From charter schooling to teacher quality to the Common Core State Standards, philanthropic investments in education have been pivotal in shaping policy, reform, and research.  Along the way, philanthropy and philanthropists have frequently become lightning rods for criticism from the left and right.

What does research tell us about the nature and scope of philanthropic giving today, what have philanthropists learned about school reform, and what are the positive and negative aspects of philanthropy-fueled school reform?

On February 5, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) resident scholar and director of education-policy studies Frederick M. Hess and Teachers College's Jeffrey Henig will host a major research conference at AEI in Washington, D.C., to explore these questions.  "Is the 'new' education philanthropy good for schools?  Examining foundation-funded school reform" will feature eight new studies and analyses by scholars of education philanthropy and keen observers in the field.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports AEI's education-policy studies.

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