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Bill Gates bankrolls College and Career Ready programs, aka the Common Core Standards

This was originally posted in 2013 at the Washington Post website but is worth a read now.

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Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards

For an initiative billed as being publicly driven, the Common Core States Initiative has benefited enormously from the generosity of the private philanthropy of Bill and Melinda Gates. How much? About $150 million worth.

Take a look at this list of grants, obtained from their foundation’s Web site. Note not only the amounts but the wide range of organizations receiving money. Universities. Unions. State education departments. Nonprofits. Think tanks. The grants were given for a range of reasons, including developing materials aligned to the standards and building support for the standards.

You can see how invested the Gates Foundation is in the success of the Common Core. What kind of Core support do these grants buy from the organizations that receive them?

If you want to see what each grant is for, click here and you can access each grant description.  At the bottom of the list are a few descriptions of specific grants.

WestEd 2013 College-Ready US Program $30,000
LearnZillion, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $965,525
University of Kentucky Research Foundation 2013 College-Ready US Program $1,000,000
Delaware Department of Education 2013 College-Ready US Program $400,000
National Paideia Center Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $659,788
The Aspen Institute Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $3,615,655
The Achievement Network 2012 College-Ready US Program $3,002,252
Kentucky Department of Education 2012 College-Ready US Program $1,903,089
Colorado Legacy Foundation 2012 College-Ready US Program $1,748,337
Fund for Public Schools Inc 2012 College-Ready US Program $1,815,810
Council of Chief State School Officers 2012 College-Ready US Program $475,000
BetterLesson, Inc. 2012 College-Ready US Program $3,527,240
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education 2012 College-Ready US Program $99,997
JUMP Math 2012 College-Ready US Program $698,587
Center for Curriculum Redesign Inc. 2012 College-Ready US Program $198,000
Pennsylvania Business Roundtable Educational Foundation 2012 College-Ready US Program $257,391
American Federation Of Teachers Educational Foundation 2012 College-Ready US Program $4,400,000
University of Arizona 2012 College-Ready US Program $3,416,901
American Enterprise Institute For Public Policy Research 2012 Global Policy & Advocacy US Program $1,068,788
State Education Technology 2012 College-Ready US Program $500,000
Student Achievement Partners Inc 2012 College-Ready US Program $4,042,920
Baton Rouge Area Foundation 2012 College-Ready US Program $500,000
National Governors Association Center For Best Practices 2012 Strategic Partnerships US Program $37,674
University of Michigan 2012 College-Ready US Program $1,999,999
The College-Ready Promise 2011 College-Ready US Program $300,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2011 College-Ready US Program $2,889,132
Scholastic Inc. 2011 College-Ready US Program $4,463,541
New Venture Fund 2011 Global Policy & Advocacy US Program $378,000
Learning Forward 2011 College-Ready US Program $999,795
The University of the State of New York 2011 College-Ready US Program $600,000
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Inc. 2011 College-Ready US Program $350,000
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth 2011 College-Ready US Program $500,000
Hillsborough County Council of PTA/PTSAs 2011 College-Ready US Program $25,000
Military Child Education Coalition 2011 Global Policy & Advocacy US Program $149,965
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. 2011 Postsecondary Success US Program $4,618,652
Council of State Governments 2011 College-Ready US Program $369,623
Khan Academy Inc. 2011 College-Ready US Program $4,079,361
National Writing Project 2011 College-Ready US Program $3,095,593
National Indian Education Association 2011 Strategic Partnerships US Program $500,000
Council Of The Great City Schools 2011 College-Ready US Program $4,910,988
Council of Chief State School Officers 2011 College-Ready US Program $9,388,911
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence 2011 College-Ready US Program $198,206
Creative Commons Corporation 2011 College-Ready US Program $812,955
Louisiana Department of Education 2011 College-Ready US Program $7,351,708
Colorado Legacy Foundation 2011 College-Ready US Program $9,707,210
Kentucky Department of Education 2011 College-Ready US Program $9,125,277
American Federation Of Teachers Educational Foundation 2011 College-Ready US Program $1,000,000
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction 2011 Community Grants US Program $75,000
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 2011 College-Ready US Program $3,024,695
National Association of State Boards of Education 2011 College-Ready US Program $1,077,960
National Governors Association Center For Best Practices 2011 College-Ready US Program $1,598,477
Reasoning Mind, Inc. 2011 College-Ready US Program $742,996
MetaMetrics, Inc. 2010 College-Ready US Program $3,468,005
New Visions for Public Schools, Inc 2010 College-Ready US Program $8,149,935
Pennsylvania Department of Education 2010 College-Ready US Program $526,960
The University of the State of New York 2010 College-Ready US Program $892,500
Kentucky Department of Education 2010 College-Ready US Program $1,000,000
Georgia Department of Education 2010 College-Ready US Program $1,980,892
Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. 2010 College-Ready US Program $395,836
Alliance for Excellent Education, Inc. 2010 College-Ready US Program $3,200,004
Education Commission of the States 2010 College-Ready US Program $799,221
Albuquerque Public Schools 2010 College-Ready US Program $500,000
Khan Academy Inc. 2010 College-Ready US Program $1,464,667
School District of Philadelphia 2010 College-Ready US Program $500,000
Cleveland Metropolitan School District 2010 College-Ready US Program $497,752
Cristo Rey Network 2010 College-Ready US Program $556,006
Research for Action Inc 2010 College-Ready US Program $1,309,409
Purdue University 2010 College-Ready US Program $1,453,832
Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Inc. 2010 College-Ready US Program $151,431
Forsyth County Schools 2010 College-Ready US Program $151,200
New York University 2010 College-Ready US Program $40,282
Council Of The Great City Schools 2010 College-Ready US Program $100,000
Council of State Governments 2010 College-Ready US Program $399,953
Common Core Inc. 2009 and earlier College-Ready US Program $550,844
James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc. 2009 and earlier College-Ready US Program $5,549,352
Alliance for Excellent Education, Inc. 2009 and earlier College-Ready US Program $551,336
National Association of State Boards of Education 2009 and earlier College-Ready US Program $450,675
Thomas B. Fordham Institute 2009 and earlier College-Ready US Program $959,116
The Education Trust 2009 and earlier College-Ready US Program $2,039,526
Military Child Education Coalition 2009 and earlier Global Policy & Advocacy US Program $269,998

Here are some specific grants:

The Aspen Institute

Date: January 2013
Purpose: to support the Aspen Institute’s Urban Superintendents Network, develop resources to integrate Common Core State Standards and educator effectiveness policies and practices, and use lessons from the field to inform national policy
Amount: $3,615,655
Term: 24
Topic: College-Ready
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Grantee Website: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/

Scholastic, Inc.

Date: November 2011
Purpose: to support teachers’ implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
Amount: $4,463,541
Term: 37
Topic: College-Ready
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: New York, New York
Grantee Website: http://www2.scholastic.com

American Federation Of Teachers Educational Foundation

Date: June 2012
Purpose: to support the AFT Innovation Fund and work on teacher development and Common Core State Standards
Amount: $4,400,000
Term: 24
Topic: College-Ready
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Grantee Website: http://www.aft.org

The NEA [National Education Association] Foundation for the Improvement of Education

Date: October 2012
Purpose: to build and enhance teacher voice in the development and implementation of the teacher and leader Professional Growth and Effectiveness System and the Common Core State Standards
Amount: $99,997
Term: 8
Topic: College-Ready, Global Policy & Advocacy
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Grantee Website: http://www.neafoundation.org/

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.

Date: October 2011
Purpose: to partner with other foundations to support a project fund supporting state-led efforts aligning higher education placement requirements with college readiness assessments developed through the Common Core assessment consortia
Amount: $4,618,652
Term: 44
Topic: Postsecondary Success
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: New York, New York
Grantee Website: http://www.rockpa.org

Khan Academy Inc.

Date: July 2011
Purpose: to develop the remaining K-12 math exercises to ensure full coverage of the Common Core math standards and form a small team to implement a blended learning model
Amount: $4,079,361
Term: 17
Topic: College-Ready
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Mountain View, California
Grantee Website: http://www.khanacademy.org/

Council Of The Great City Schools

Date: June 2011
Purpose: to promote and coordinate successful implementation of the new common core standards in major urban public school systems nationwide
Amount: $4,910,988
Term: 37
Topic: College-Ready
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Grantee Website: http://www.cgcs.org

Council of Chief State School Officers

Date: June 2011
Purpose: to support the Common Core State Standards work
Amount: $9,388,911
Term: 36
Topic: College-Ready
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Grantee Website: http://www.ccsso.org

Kentucky Department of Education

Date: June 2011
Purpose: to provide organizational support to the Kentucky Department of Education related to implementation of the Common Core State Standards & teacher development and evaluation systems
Amount: $9,125,277
Term: 35
Topic: College-Ready
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
Grantee Website: http://www.kde.state.ky.us

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Date: February 2011
Purpose: to provide teachers and school leaders with supports to implement the Common Core State Standards at the district, school, and classroom levels
Amount: $3,024,695
Term: 35
Topic: College-Ready
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Grantee Website: http://www.ascd.org

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