Category Archives: Corporate “Philanthropy”

Well, You Asked . . .

By Kevin S Wilson

What the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation Doesn’t Want People to Know about Charter Schools, Hedge Funds, Tax Breaks, and Andy Smarick

laughFor nearly two years, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation has been a primary sponsor and promoter of the ED SESSIONS, a monthly speaker series featuring what the foundation bills as “national / international education reformers who are promoters of civil discourse about school improvement and wholesale reform.” Advertised at various times as “an invitation to begin a dialogue” and as “a conversation,” the ED SESSIONS are aimed at “parents, educators, policymakers, and everyone in Idaho”—unless, apparently, you are a parent, educator, policymaker, or an anyone in Idaho who asks inconvenient questions.

If you are, then you’re likely to find that your questions receive no answers, but elicit only the sound of chirping crickets. Ask enough inconvenient questions, and you may find yourself banned from the ED SESSIONS page on Facebook and find that all of your inconvenient questions have been deleted. Continue reading

Education’s “Inside Job”

By Mary Ollie

MaryToday, we are seeing unparalleled and complex relationships between academia, foundations, corporations, and the media.  Corporations and their non-profit foundations underwrite academic work.  Entire departments or university chairs may be underwritten.  In Idaho, the Albertson Foundation supports Idaho Leads at BSU, Centers for Innovation and Learning at NNU and U of I.  What are the possible consequences of funding researchers and academic institutions?  Could this color opinions? Continue reading