Conclusions and Implications

Sarah Reckhow

in Follow the Money

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199937738
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980734 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Postwar American Political Development

Conclusions and Implications

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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

Chapter.  6784 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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