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Ohanian Comment: This is about the strangest "resource list" for parents that I've ever seen. It's more of a propaganda package for things funed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Oprah likes whatever Bill funds.

Some of these things may well be meritorious, but just how are they going to help kids "reach their potential?"

Go ask Oprah.

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Parents and teachers across the country want the very best for their children. To help your kids reach their potential and succeed in education, check out these valuable online resources.

It's the documentary everyone's talking about: Waiting For "Superman" is the must-see, deeply personal exploration of the current shocking state of public education in America. How bad is it in your state? Find out. Also, learn about the film and discover simple ways to take action on behalf of the nation's children.

Indeed. Go to the link and you will find a widespread campaign from the Waiting For Superman folk to paint a grim picture in cities across the country. And here, Oprah is acting as their PR person (I can think of a few other words here).

Buy a ticket to the movie and you qualify for a $15 certificate at DonorsChoose.org

How does your school rate? With listings of 200,000 public and private schools and more than 800,000 parent ratings and reviews, GreatSchools has become the go-to guide for parents aiming to make a smart school choice.

National Funders
# Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
# Robertson Foundation
# Walton Family Foundation
# Milwaukee, WI
# The Kern Family Foundation
# The Joyce Foundation
# The Bradley Foundation
# Washington, D.C.
# NewSchools Venture Fund
# Newark, NJ
# Newark

Connect with classrooms in need across the country and right around the corner. Browse through teacher-posted projects and make donations to help their classes receive the supplies, materials, equipment and funding they desperately need.

This sort of begging-and-charity approach to school funding is pathetic. The national Board of Directors
includes Jonathan Alter, Senior Editor and Columnist, Newsweek. We know what he thinks of public school teachers.

Funders? Bing (Microsoft) gave upwards of $500,000.

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
This nonpartisan, nonprofit organization brings together the top education leaders from every state in the nation and takes action to transform our public school system. Learn about the CCSSO's initiatives and how they'll affect your state and your children.

Nonpartisan, indeed. They and their partners, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, receive more than $35 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to hump for the Common Core standards.

Common Core State Standards Initiative
Put forth by CCSSO and National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, these clear standards define the knowledge and skills students should acquire within their K-12 education careers.

The news on these "clear standards" and what they define gets worse and worst. Take a look at this.

National Parent-Teacher Association
Learn all about your local PTA, find out how you can get involved in your child's education, become an advocate for children and start making a difference today.

The National Parent-Teacher Association received around $1,000,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the Common Core standards.

U.S. Charter Schools
Want to learn more about charter schools? There's no better place than USCharterSchools.org. Developed with the support of the U.S. Department of Education, the site has tools to enable collaboration, exchange information, learn about charter schools in your state and more.

Good support for public schools!

Get Schooled

from the website home page:
Developed in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the initiative pairs the foundation̢۪s deep knowledge of education reform with the incredible reach and unmatched creativity of our brands and partners to bring a new level of awareness and engagement to this critical issue.

Learning Matters
This nonprofit production company produces reports and documentaries for PBS, including the 12-part 2008 series Michelle Rhee in Washington, D.C.. Watch it all for free online.

Three guesses who one of the big funders is? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our School Needs on Bing.com
Join Bing in its efforts to support education!

This is another of those "poor orphan" outfits: Make your desperate appeal appealing enough, and you may win something for your school.

And the fact that Bing comes from Microsoft is just coincidental.

U.S. Department of Education
Get information about federal education policies, student loans, grants, school accreditation and more.

Many people say that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the de fact US Department of Education. Whatever Bill wants, Bill gets.

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