“We take an untraditional approach to giving. We don’t simply write checks to charities. Instead we practice “venture philanthropy.” And we expect a return on our investment.” -Eli Broad
The Broad Foundation was established in 1999 and Eli Broad wasted no time in providing funds to school systems around the country including Seattle.
In 2000, the Broad Foundation provided the Seattle Public School system with $800,000 for “teacher training” by way of the Alliance for Education.
Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp
That same year, according to the Broad Foundation’s Annual Report for 2009-2010, “Wendy Kopp, whose decade-old venture called Teach for America grew out of her senior thesis at Princeton University, visits Eli Broad seeking guidance and support. The Broad Foundation makes its first investment of $800,000 in the organization, which recruits and trains recent college graduates to work in urban and rural school districts for a minimum of two years. By 2009, the foundation’s investment in Teach for America exceeds $41 million.” As an aside, Wendy Kopp has no experience teaching and has no degree in the field of education.
In 2001 the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, Joseph Olfchefske, participated in the New Schools Venture Fund Summit and spoke on the subject of Convergence of the Sectors: Public, Private, and NonProfit. The moderators included Tom Vander Ark, Executive Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dan Katzir, Director of Program Development at the Broad Foundation along with Wendy Kopp, Founder and President of Teach for America and an assortment of representatives from KIPP and Aspire charter schools.
According to the same annual report, the Broad Foundation awarded a $2.5 million grant to New Schools Venture Fund in 2002. The annual report states that NSVF “invests in public charter school management organizations and other entrepreneurial ventures working to increase the number and quality of charter schools nationwide. By 2008, the foundation’s total investment in New Schools Venture Fund exceeds $13.6 million.”
New Schools Venture Fund has funded and promotes the KIPP charter school franchise, the Green Dot charter school franchise as well as Aspire charter schools and Teach for America.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten.
Compton teachers call in sick for the second time in a week, and students follow suit
Compton second grade teacher Tamara Carter protests for a pay increase at school district headquarters. ADOLFO GUZMAN-LOPEZ/KPCC
The year-long conflict in Compton between the school district and its teachers unions escalated on Friday. Compton Education Association President Patrick Sullivan said teachers at ten of the school district’s 37 campuses called in sick.
It was the second apparent sick-out of the week after the teachers union said 200 teachers called in sick on Monday. School district officials refused to release exact numbers for how many teachers and students did not attend school.
The union said that teachers called in sick at seven elementary schools and three middle schools; district officials confirmed that "many" teachers did not attend work at nine campuses, but refused to name them.
“This is the second time this week that the teachers have chosen to miss work and carry over the issues related to the contract negotiations to our students, schools, and community,” school board president Satra Zurita said in a written statement.
The union did not say the teacher sick-out was meant to pressure the school district in stalled contract talks.
But the union is currently at odds with the school district over teachers’ request for a new contract with a five percent pay increase.
“You need to put money into the classroom, where the students are and that should be the priority,” teachers union President Patrick Sullivan said at a teacher and staff rally at school district headquarters on Tuesday.
On Friday, students also reportedly skipped school in large numbers, anticipating that their teachers would also be absent -- even at campuses where most teachers did report for work.
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