December 9th, 2009

Around the web Wednesdays: More money, more charters

hedgefund060213_1_560Our interest was especially piqued this week by a story on the hedge fund managers and other wealthy businessmen and women who invest in charter schools, in Sunday’s New York Times. According to Joe Williams, director of an organization that lobbies for charter schools, “These are the kind of guys who a decade ago would have been spending their time angling to get on the junior board of the Met, the ballet.” What does it mean that charter schools are the new face of stylish philanthropy?

This week at Learning Matters, correspondent John Tulenko brings us two new interviews: one, with Dr. Kay McClenney, focuses on a new report about American community colleges; the other, with the Ford Foundation’s Joan Dassin, deals with higher education on a global scale. John Merrow fleshed out the domestic side of the issue: his interview with Pat Callan of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education appears on his weekly blog, Taking Note.

And, if you live in New York, tonight’s event celebrating Gotham Schools (one of our favorite education blogs) will feature words from Diane Ravitch and Joel Klein.

Scholarly Investments [New York Times, 12/4/09]

Podcast - Brain Drain [LMtv, 12/7/09]

Podcast - The State of Community Colleges [LMtv, 12/7/09]

The Future of Higher Ed: An Interview with Pat Callan [Taking Note, LMtv, 12/8/09]

The GothamSchools party is tomorrow and you’re invited [Gotham Schools, 12/8/09]

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