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With the Best of Intentions: How Philanthropy is Reshaping K-12 Education

reviewed by Rob Reich - January 19, 2006

coverTitle: With the Best of Intentions: How Philanthropy is Reshaping K-12 Education
Author(s): Frederick M. Hess (Editor)
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792652, Pages: 347, Year: 2005
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For the past decade or so, educational policymakers, researchers, and the public have displayed an intense interest in school vouchers.  Should public money be permitted to flow to private schools?  But hidden by the dust-ups generated by vouchers has been the growth of the inverse phenomenon, private money flowing to public schools. Starting with the 1993 $500 million donation from Walter Annenberg and continuing through to the ongoing initiatives of philanthropic behemoths such as the Gates Foundation, educational philanthropy in K–12 schooling has become a larger presence in public education.  Yet it has escaped the scrutiny of policy makers, researchers, and the public.  The collected essays in Frederick Hess’s welcome new volume remedy this oversight, offering the first sustained analysis of private giving to public schools. The book is the product of a conference held at the American Enterprise Institute in April 2005.  Such books are typically uneven affairs, and this... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 19, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12297, Date Accessed: 4/3/2020 1:34:00 AM

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  • Rob Reich
    Stanford University
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    ROB REICH is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Ethics in Society and, by courtesy, Education at Stanford University. His main interest is in contemporary political philosophy. He is working on two projects: the first on questions about the moral and legal status of the child in liberal democracies and the second about topics in ethics, public policy, and philanthropy. He is the author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education (2002) and the co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (2005).
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