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Foundations Not Taking Over Yet, Says Me

Chicago Public Radio had me on last week to ponder whether private foundations in Chicago and elsewhere have grown too powerful.  (A local foundation there just announced the second half of a $100M professional development initiative.) 

LogoDuring the segment (here), I found myself arguing that the foundations at work -- pretty much every big city has a foundation or two along with the nationals -- don't have too much power yet, though it's certainly risen, often uncomfortable, and not necessarily effective.  What do you think?

In the meantime, check out what the new Google foundation is up to -- not focused directly on education but sure to be a big player at some point given its size (From 'Don't Be Evil' to How to Do Good).  Maybe then -- when it's not just Gates but Google too -- we'll be in serious trouble.


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