Inside Philanthropy can't understand why billionaires like John and Laura Arnold are so into "grassroots activism" when it comes to education.
"The foundation run by hedge fund billionaire John Arnold and his wife Laura is increasingly a pillar of the ed reform funding world. The Houston-based funder is not only a prominent charter school supporter, but an active funder of research that is designed to identify effective educational practices and shape policymaking. Its funding emphasizes school autonomy, accountability, and challenging the public education status quo. But the Arnolds, like other top education funders, do not limit their efforts to top-down education policy advocacy; they're also investing in grassroots activism." -- L. S. Hall, InsidePhilanthropy.com