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A New Strategy is Bringing in Millions for Public Schools in St. Louis

July 21, 2018

This article unwittingly describes everything that is wrong with public schools relying on philanthropists…. for philanthropists want to make ad hoc contributions that underwrite their pet projects to the detriment of the needs of the educational institution. This is why some colleges have wonderful swimming facilities but no programs to help first generation students adapt to university life… or even worse facing deficits in operating costs that lead them to cut “non-essential” programs like foreign language and liberal arts. If public education falls prey to the whims of philanthropists for funding expect more inequality, more high-tech “solutions”, and fewer programs for disadvantaged children. 

Public education funds are entities that act as conduits between private donors and public school districts. They’ve thrived in Washington, D.C., and New York. But can this model also succeed elsewhere?

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