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Ms. Goss, who heads Detroit's Skillman Foundation, has taken on the Herculean—if not Sisyphean—task of spearheading a turnaround of one of America's most desperately failing school systems.


Millions of college alumni support their schools. But why isn't there the same alumni tie to high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools? Couldn't public school alumni associations be an enormous source of supplementary funding and form of community involvement in schools?


Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old president of social networking behemoth, Facebook--itself the subject of a new movie about to be released, announced Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Show that he was giving $100 million to boost the fortunes of one of the nation's most poorly performing school systems. Newark Mayor Cory Booker has pledged to raise an additional $100 million from foundations.


School-based mentoring programs as currently constituted appear to have significant, but relatively small, effects on several outcomes related to school success.


I was recently reminded that Macy's department store plans its fifth annual "Shop for a Cause" on October 16, and began mulling over whether heading to the mall to buy clothes and cosmetics is really the best way for businesses to help schools raise money.


The National PTA, in conjunction with its Men Organized to Raised Engagement Alliance and the National Fatherhood Leaders Group, has launched a campaign to get men off their duffs and more involved in the education, health, and well-being of children. This newly announced "Million Hours of Power" initiative aims to galvanize 350,000 men to serve in some capacity for at least three hours during this school year.


The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with local government and civic groups, last week launched a Website to match volunteers and donors with opportunities to help out local public schools.


Why is it so hard to recruit parents to work in their children's schools? Should schools sweeten the pot for them?


Former New York Times reporter Andrew L. Yarrow launches a new blog for EdWeek.


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