How Money Talks
The corporate and political entanglements of the Gates and Broad Foundations are well documented. The Wallace Foundation is not so well known but a study of its grant giving offers an informative glimpse into how a corporate-politico agenda traveling with philanthropic ID operates. As Kenneth Saltman has documented, venture philanthropy (I prefer to call it vulture philanthropy) "treats schooling as a private consumable service and promotes business remedies, reforms, and assumptions with regard to public schooling." And worse.
Getting nervous yet?
Gene Bottoms, co-author of another Wallace report, received the 1995 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.
Research Findings to Support Effective Educational Policymaking: Evidence and Action Steps for State, District and Local Policymakers, a document put together by the Wallace Foundation, leads off with this quote:
"Great principals attract great talent. They nurture that great talent and they develop that great talent. Bad principals are the reverse: bad principals don't attract good talent, they run off good talent. They don't find ways to improve those that are trying to get better. They don't engage the community."
-- U.S. Education Secretary Arne L. Duncan, addressing The Wallace Foundation's
National Conference on Education Leadership, October 2009.
"If our 95,000 schools each had a great principal, this thing would take care of itself."
-- U.S. Education Secretary Arne L. Duncan, addressing The Wallace Foundation's National Conference on Education Leadership, October 2009.
Try to follow the origins of many of the research resources quoted and you will find yourself in a dizzying loop of grantees of the Wallace Foundation. But let's take a look at just a few grantees in the three fields highlighted by Wallace.
The Wallace Foundation describes the categories of grant in which they put their money:
Using these categories as a way to group a few of their grant recipients, here's what we see. NOTE: When I see something going on in one state, it makes me wonder about the other 49, but because Wallace's grantee search function wasn't workiing, I didn't check it out. This malfunction is also the reason, the money amount of some grants is missing.
TESTING FIELD KNOWLEDGE
Advance Illinois: 2009: $300,0000
Their banner reads Every Student World Ready and their recent activities have included:
Connecticut State Department of Education: Common Core of Leading Report, 2009
Funders of National Center on Time and Learning include:
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gabrieli Family Foundation, Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Noyce Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The Wallace Foundation commissioned Education Sector to write report on the 2011 national forum Reimagining the School Day: More Time for Learning, and Wallace has been talking about it and Tweeting about it ever since.
DEVELOPING POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS: The Common Core and other Initiatives Involving "Rigor":
Aspen Institute: $100,000
Council of Chief State School Officers (since 2001): $19,448,000
New York State Regents Research Fellows
In announcing a $892,500 grant for Common Core planning from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the press release the New York State Education Department mentioned that the the Regents Research Fellows will provide the Department with supplemental expertise and research--and they are funded by the Wallace Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation.
NASBE and Friends:
Since 2000, the Wallace Foundation has dedicated more than $145 million to strengthen education leadership. The national consortium is composed of the five major state education-based organizations: the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Education
Commission of the States, the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the National Association of State Boards of Education.
National Education Summit on High Schools, 2005
The Wallace Foundation joined with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Prudential Foundation and the State Farm Foundation to kick in $42 million for more high school rigor.
FRIENDS IN COMMUNICATIONS
Philanthropies are beginning to understand the power of movies, and the Wallace Foundation is no exception. What's interesting here is they don't just want you to watch the hour-long film. they want to be sure you derive the right message from it.
Nomadic Pictures>: produced The Principal Story, broadcast on PBS> They recommend using The Leadership Performance Planning Worksheet in connection with this film (financed by the Wallace Foundation):
NYC Leadership Academy offers the Leadership Performance Planning Worksheet, a critical anchor for principal coaching and support programs. Developed by the NYC Leadership Academy in consultation with The Wallace Foundation and representatives of the state education departments of Delaware, Missouri and Kentucky, the worksheet is used in a growing number of states and school districts across the country to support and promote principal growth. It is the result of a thorough review and synthesis of principal leadership protocols used nationally.
What you need to know about the Leadership Academy is that neutron Jack Welch was their first appointed advisor. The Broad Foundation kicked in $4 million to help out--and demonstrate its faith in then-Chancellor Joel Klein. If you have the stomach for it, you can find out lots more by putting "Leadership Academy" into a search on this site.
Okay, that's just one film with associated worksheets. In matters of organizations that help the Wallace Foundation in communications by getting issues and solutions before those who can help effect change, take a look at the big player.
Kentucky Educational Television put up a website as a resource center for principal training, "part of an outreach campaign to enhance Kentucky's education reform progress, focusing on the importance of school leadership and principal training." Funded by the Wallace Foundation and featuring the Wallace-funded movie. And worksheets. Check what's happening in your state.
Editorial Projects in Education [Education Week: $2,765,000 (since November 2003)
Clearly, money talks much louder than words. Education Week is not secret about this. Those who look can find this statement: [P]ortions of our work are underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GE Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation.
What readers need to ask is how often Ed Week reporters can bite the hand that feeds them. How often and how deep.
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