Zuckerberg announces a $20M gift to bring high-speed Internet access to public schools; this move marks a shift both in Zuckerberg's giving and a sample of a new era of ed philanthropy.
"The other day, we argued that Mark Zuckerberg’s education giving has evolved significantly since his first major foray into philanthropy, when he made that now notorious $100 million gift to improve Newark schools in 2010.
"Today, comes yet more evidence of this shift, with the announcement that Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are giving $20 million to help more public schools get high-speed Internet access.
"I’ll get to that gift in a moment, but first, let’s consider the bigger picture of ed philanthropy right now. In a few recent posts, we’ve suggested that education donors seem to be moving in some fresh directions—away from the contested terrain of charter schools and teacher accountability to other issues, especially how students learn.
"You might call this the new new education philanthropy."--David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy