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    Gates Foundation pours millions into Common Core in 2013

    Ohanian Comment: I've been reporting on these grants from time to time. Here they are all in one place.

    Here's the cartoon to illustrate this phenomenon.


    by Valerie Strauss

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent more than $20 million this year in grants to institutions and organizations to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, continuing the hefty support it has provided since the initiative began more than five years ago, according to its Web site.

    The foundation has spent well over $170 million to support the creation and implementation of Common Core State Standards, and has been praised by supporters for its philanthropy and questioned by critics who worry about wealthy private citizens using their personal fortunes to impact public policy.

    Millions of Gates dollars were awarded this year for various Core-related activities, including to increase public support for the Common Core; a $3.2 million grant to the New Venture Fund is intended "to support successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards by building public awareness and understanding." (The fund's Web site says it is a nonprofit organization "offering domestic and international grant-making services, executing donor-developed projects, and providing full fiscal sponsorship including grant and contract management for innovative public-interest projects.")

    Some of the grants are to help develop new standardized tests aligned to the Core; the Council of Chief State School Officers won $4 million in July "to support the development of high quality assessments to measure" the standards. Other grants are to help teachers develop materials for the Common Core. The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education won a few grants in this regard, including one in July for $3,882,600 to "support a cohort of National Education Association Master Teachers in the development of Common Core-aligned lessons in K-5 mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts," and another in October for $501,580 "to give support to teachers in Kentucky to implement the Common Core State Standards confidently and effectively."

    Meanwhile, the National Conference of State Legislatures won $447,046 in November to "continue its support of state legislators on Common Core and teacher effectiveness"; UCLA won $942,527 in September "to develop a tool that helps states on Common Core-aligned assessments"; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in August won $115,000 "to support an online, game-based learning experience for reading and writing aligned to Common Core literacy standards"; and the University of Kentucky Research Foundation won $1 million in February to "to support the launch of a new Center for Innovation in Education to advance implementation of the common core and more personalized learning for students and teachers that will enable young people to graduate career and college ready."

    Here's a list of the Common Core-related grants the foundation handed out so far this year, obtained from their foundation's Web site, and below the list are details of some of the larger grants.



    Committee for Economic Development $865,593

    National Conference of State Legislatures $557,046

    Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. $1,981,978

    The Aspen Institute Inc
    $1,500,003

    Motion Math, Inc.
    $100,000

    National Indian Education Association $600,000

    Center for American Progress
    $550,000

    Southeast Asia Resource Action Center $440,035

    Foundation for Excellence in Education Inc.
    $2,000,000

    The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education
    $501,580

    Achievement First Inc.
    $837,355

    Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth
    $100,001

    Policy Innovators In Education Network, Inc.
    $499,951

    James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc. $1,749,070

    New Venture Fund
    $3,213,686

    Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education
    $250,000

    Summit Public Schools
    $250,000

    Military Child Education Coalition
    $563,611

    Learning Matters, Inc.
    $25,000

    Aspire Public Schools
    $249,855

    Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.
    $2,500,000

    Research for Action Inc
    $650,000

    National Catholic Educational Association
    $100,007

    National Governors Association Center For Best Practices
    $750,000

    Regents University Of California Los Angeles
    $942,527

    Education Development Center, Inc.
    $211,795

    James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc.
    $500,000

    University of Missouri -- Columbia
    $249,826

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    $115,000

    The Achievement Network
    $250,249

    University of Florida
    $250,000

    Region 8 ESC of Northeast Indiana
    $249,505

    Center for Applied Linguistics
    $249,396

    KnowledgeWorks Foundation
    $241,747

    DePaul University
    $248,343

    Perkins School for the Blind
    $249,113

    ConnectEDU, Inc.
    $499,375

    Puget Sound Educational Service District $247,465

    Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, Inc. $250,000

    National Math and Science Initiative Inc. $248,760

    National Center for Family Literacy Inc. $239,796

    Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
    $244,733

    Arkansas Public School Resource Center Inc $200,000

    Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc.
    $231,846

    Battelle For Kids
    $249,808

    Center for Teaching Quality, Inc.
    $249,471

    New Visions for Public Schools, Inc
    $250,000

    National Council of Teachers of English $249,482

    New Teacher Center
    $250,000

    The George Washington University
    $259,895

    Harvard University
    $557,168

    Council for a Strong America
    $1,550,000

    American Agora Foundation Inc
    $100,000

    The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education
    $3,882,600

    Council of Chief State School Officers $4,000,000

    iCivics, Inc.
    $500,000

    Benchmark Education Company LLC
    $25,000

    Six Red Marbles LLC
    $500,000

    LearnZillion, Inc.
    $250,000

    Common Ground Software Inc.
    $500,000

    Filament Games, LLC
    $25,000

    University of Washington Foundation
    $610,819

    Council of Chief State School Officers
    $799,825

    National Association of State Boards of Education
    $800,000

    New Venture Fund
    $1,150,000

    New America Foundation
    $200,002

    National Congress of Parents and Teachers $499,962

    The Aspen Institute Inc
    $74,290

    Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children $240,000

    WestEd
    $30,000

    Michigan State University
    $650,000

    LearnZillion, Inc.
    $965,525

    University of Kentucky Research Foundation
    $1,000,000

    Delaware Department of Education
    $400,000

    National Paideia Center Inc
    $659,788

    The Aspen Institute Inc
    $3,615,655


    Council of Chief State School Officers
    Date: July 2013
    Purpose: to support the development of high quality assessments to measure the Common Core State Standards
    Amount: $4,000,000
    Grantee Web site: http://www.ccsso.org

    Bellwether Education Partners, Inc.
    Date: November 2013
    Purpose: to support CoreSpring, an initiative to build a bank of shared Common Core aligned formative item and assessment resources that assure improved discoverability, availability and interoperability
    Amount: $1,981,978

    Grantee Web site: http://bellwethereducation.org/

    Foundation for Excellence in Education Inc.
    Date: October 2013
    Purpose: to support an outreach and public information project that builds support and understanding of the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments in states
    Amount: $2,000,000
    Grantee Web site: http://www.excelined.org

    New Venture Fund
    Date: October 2013
    Purpose: to support successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards by building public awareness and understanding
    Amount: $3,213,686
    Grantee Web site: http://www.newventurefund.org

    The Aspen Institute
    Date: October 2013
    Purpose: to support a group of school district leaders in their efforts to implement the Common Core standards
    Amount: $1,500,003
    Grantee Web site: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/

    James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc.
    Date: October 2013
    Purpose: to support states in their continued implementation of the Common Core State Standards
    Amount: $1,749,070
    Grantee Web site: http://www.hunt-institute.org

    Council for a Strong America
    Date: July 2013
    Purpose: to educate and engage stakeholders about the Common Core and teacher development through a range of communications activities
    Amount: $1,550,000
    http://www.councilforastrongamerica.org/

    National Association of State Boards of Education
    Date: June 2013
    Purpose: to support a development plan for the organization and its efforts to provide training and information to implement Common Core State Standards
    Amount: $800,000
    Grantee Web site: http://www.nasbe.org

    — Valerie Strauss
    Washington Post Answer Sheet
    November 27, 2013
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/27/gates-foundation-pours-millions-into-common-core-in-2013/?wpisrc=nl_cuzheads


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