Annenberg’s education philanthropy in Chicago wasn’t all that radical, according to Education Week, even though ex-Weatherman Bill Ayers helped write the plan. Barack Obama, then a young lawyer, chaired the committee. Money went to “encouraging collaboration among teachers and better professional development; reducing the isolation between schools and between schools and their communities; and reducing school size to improve learning.”
The other members of the board were Arnold R. Weber, a former president of Northwestern University who was then president of the civic committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago; Stanley Ikenberry, a former president of the University of Illinois system; Ray Romero, a vice president of Ameritech; Susan Crown, a philanthropist; Handy Lindsey, the president of the Field Foundation of Illinois; and Wanda White, the executive director of the Community Workshop for Economic Development.
Schools that got extra funds didn’t do any better than schools that did not.
Ed Week also looks at the candidates’ attitudes toward parents’ role in education: McCain wants to give parents a choice on what school their child attends; Obama wants parents to do more to help their kids succeed in school.