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Follow the MoneyHow Foundation Dollars Change Public School Politics$
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Sarah Reckhow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937738.001.0001

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Conclusions and Implications

Conclusions and Implications

(p.140) Conclusions and Implications
Follow the Money

Sarah Reckhow

Oxford University Press

Major foundations have clearly stepped beyond the realm of charity and into the realm of education policy and politics. The strategic targeting of foundation resources and clear policy agenda of the wealthiest foundations has heightened their influence in urban education policy and politics. Furthermore, major foundations and other Boardroom Progressive reformers have increased their focus on national education policy, and their influence is growing more visible under the Obama administration. Major foundations, to a large extent, are politically unaccountable. Nonetheless, the reforms that their grant dollars support can be politically vulnerable—particularly in the long term. The resources provided by major funders can facilitate the development and implementation of significant reform policies in urban school districts; however, these resources cannot compensate for a lack of investment or support from local education stakeholders.

Keywords:   foundations, philanthropy, education reform, urban education, policy feedback, Obama administration, race to the top, accountability

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