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January 19, 2016

Philanthropy Efforts to Fix Education Often Fall Short

Big philanthropy's efforts to improve public K-12 education often face extraordinary scrutiny and often fail to achieve their goals, Governing reports. 

Efforts such as Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million pledge to Newark, N.J., schools and a $100 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the Hillsborough County, Fla., school system did little to improve student performance or graduation rates. Some say it's because they failed to deal with a fundamental barrier to student achievement: the gap between rich and poor students and a lack of economic opportunity for some.