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Per a previous post titled, “Before you can fund the charter school, you have to fund an advocacy organization that can create a climate for the charter school to exist”, Bill Gates has been busy for several years funding established organizations or creating new ones to funnel cash into a push to establish charter schools in Washington State and around the country.
To follow is a list of organizations and schools that have received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The organizations and schools with figures shown in bold relate directly to charter school promotional activity in Seattle and surrounding areas. For the amounts given to all other recipients, go to Google docs.
Community & Parents for Public Schools of Seattle (CPPS): $159,440 (per the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website , “Purpose: to develop a strategic plan for building a dynamic parent network that can embrace and catalyze change within Seattle Public Schools”, meaning integrating charter schools into Seattle, particularly in the minority communities.)
University of Minnesota
New York Charter School Resource Center Inc
Chicago Charter School Foundation
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
St. HOPE Academy
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
New Schools Fund dba New Schools Venture Fund: $93M +New Schools Fund dba New Schools Venture Fund: $93M +/-
Progressive Policy Institute
University of Washington Foundation: $1,089,761 (Lot of papers and “studies” came out of the UW supporting charter schools. Also a Teach for America, Inc. training ground was set up in the School of Education.)
Perspectives Charter School
NCB Capital Impact
Progress Analytics Institute
High Tech High Foundation
Keys to Improving Dayton Schools, Inc.
Pacific Charter School Development Inc.
Stanford University: $12M +/- (Charter school “studies” were produced here. Unfortunately for Gates, the most well known study Stanford produced, the CREDO Report, stated charter schools were either the same or lower performing than public schools.)
Green Dot Public Schools: $9,675,588 (One was approved for Seattle.)
KIPP, Inc charter schools.: $10,000,000 (KIPP charter schools were touted by state legislators as the best thing since sliced bread. Sad day for them, they’re not and none were approved for Washington State.)
Aspira Inc of Illinois
Houston Area Urban League Inc
District of Columbia College Access Program
Trustees of Dartmouth College
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Friendship Public Charter School
School District of Philadelphia
Denver School of Science and Technology Inc
Partners for Developing Futures Inc.
Mastery Charter High School
Colorado Education Initiative
Black Alliance for Educational Options Inc.
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
The Boston Educational Development Foundation, Inc.
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
The King Center Charter School
Jumoke Academy Inc
Denver Public Schools: $4,001,999 (The Seattle Public School board members took a trip to Denver a few years ago to visit charter schools. They came back with rave reviews about KIPP charter schools.)
Hartford Public Schools
Spring Branch Independent School District
Achievement First Inc.
Philadelphia Schools Project
Boston Private Industry Council Inc
Harvard University: $33.6M +/- (Lots of papers and “studies” favorable to charter schools were produced at Harvard for Eli Broad and Bill Gates.This number is based on grants tagged for K12 education and doesn’t include community grants)
Mississippi First Inc.
Seneca Family of Agencies
Spokane School District #81: $525,000
Children’s First Fund, The Chicago Public School Foundation
East Lake Foundation, Inc.
New Schools for Chicago
Low Income Investment Fund
Fund for Public Schools Inc
Friends of Breakthrough Schools
Franklin-McKinley School District
The list above does not include Teach for America which Bill Gates granted $2.5M to open an office in Seattle and the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) that came to town with their dog and pony show bashing teachers and trying to make way for Teach for America. Bill Gates has granted that group $12M+/- between 2009 and 2013.
It is also interesting to note that the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) recently received $1,743,064.
For the list with all of the numbers see Google docs. The list was put together by a Parents Across America Portland member using information provided at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Awarded Grants website.
So, if Gates paid his fair share of taxes in our state rather than be the man behind the curtain, would it help us fund public schools adequately?
My guess is “YES!”.
Check out Mercedes Schneider’s post to find additional expenditures made by Bill Gates pertaining to charter schools: