School of Thought column at TIME this week takes a look at this morning’s big GE announcement – and it is big, $18 million is a lot – and why it’s significant. For all the talk about “corporate education reform,” it’s actually pretty rare. Can GE bring Common Core to Life?
This morning the GE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the multinational General Electric Company, announced a landmark $18 million investment to support state implementation of the new Common Core standards and train teachers how to use them. It is sure to set off alarm bells among critics of education reform who worry that too many companies are trying to treat school productivity like a business problem. But the truth is the GE gift is a reminder of how rare meaningful corporate involvement actually is.
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