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October 27, 2010

New Philadelphia Partnership Sets $100 Million Goal

The Philadelphia School Partnership was established last week with $16 million in anonymously given seed money, and set a five-year goal to raise $100 million and invest in initiatives to boost student performance.

October 26, 2010

Ambitious Goals for New Philadelphia School Partnership

The Philadelphia School Partnership was established last week with $16 million in anonymously given seed money, and set a five-year goal to raise $100 million and invest in initiatives to boost student performance.

October 20, 2010

PENCIL Schools Partnership Turns 15 in New York

PENCIL, a New York City business-schools partnership program that includes Macy's, Bloomberg, Cisco, Wachovia, and 500 other businesses, marked its 15th anniversary the other day.

October 01, 2010

Google and the Line Between Good Marketing and Good Deeds

If there is a line to draw to prevent salesmanship masquerading as corporate engagement, which I believe, and Google's foray into Virginia schools doesn't cross it, where should it be? (Or, does it matter, if everyone truly benefits?)

September 29, 2010

Foundation Battles Severe Educational Challenges in Detroit

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.

September 26, 2010

Finding Superman in Newark

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.

September 21, 2010

Where is the Line Between Shopping and School Fundraising?

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.

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