Philanthropy’s role in education reform

LTE-WBJ-2-8-08“Missing Voice” – a letter to the editor of the Washington Business Journal (Feb. 8-14) from Washington Grantmakers President Tamara Lucas Copeland:

Missing from your Feb. 1-7 Sources Say feature — “What role do you think philanthropy should play in D.C. public schools?” — was the voice of organized philanthropy. When D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee started her new position, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers was one of the first groups to invite her to share her vision …

For more on grantmakers’ involvement in D.C. school reform, see WG’s Public Education Working Group. 

The Slate 60 ( – “The year’s biggest philanthropists” and related coverage, including “The Facebook Philanthropos.”

RECAP: NEA Foundation’s (WG member) Salute to Excellence in Education Gala (Washingtonian, 2/11)

Dilapidated shelter to be leveled (WaPo, 2/12) – Lots of angles to this story. Marc Fisher is tougher on the U.S. Vets organization than the main article is–but all parties would agree on the need to do better by honorably discharged U.S. veterans. A recent study found that veterans make up 25 percent of the homeless population, and it’s even worse in D.C. (WaPo, 11/8/07)

And finally, I feel strangely compelled to tell you that …

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