Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, just unfriended $100 million by giving it away to the Newark School District ($23,000 per pupil) with no strings attached.
Isn't it great the way capitalism has a way of voluntarily divesting rich idiots from their money?
Free advice to wealthy edu-philantropists: Your educational consultants know as much about education as you do: Almost nothing. Therefore, you can't trust the "means" they are advocating. Have they ever run a successful school or school district getting successful results with the demographic group you are targeting? I didn't think so. So, if you can't trust the "means," you can only trust the "ends" - does the reform actually work? Where does this leave you? With a contest of course. take your $100 million, find a cooperating city, and hold a contest. A tenth of the prize goes to the first group that can achieve the results you desire. The remaining 90% is awarded when the reform can be successfully scaled. Now go cruise around on your yacht.