National Teleconference:March 29, 2010
Grantmakers across the country have been building momentum working with state chiefs, district leaders, and other stakeholders to leverage the unprecedented rollout of funds available through the U.S. Department of Education's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Working individually and through funder collaboratives they are playing a critical role in building capacity, facilitating investment partnerships, advising on grant applications, and a host of other advocacy and public policy initiatives at the state level aligned with the Department's reform agenda.
At the same time, these activities are playing out against a backdrop of severe cutbacks in state education budgets that have already resulted in four-day school weeks in 15 states and a wave of school closings, teacher layoffs, and service cuts. In this one-hour teleconference, members of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the broader funder community are invited to participate in a discussion on how to navigate the shifting landscape in their states.
Terry Mazany, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust and Paul Herdman, President and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware talk about the budgetary impact in their states and efforts underway to mitigate fiscal realities while continuing the drive toward education reform. In addition, based on the March 29th announcement of the Race to the Top state winners in Delaware and Tennessee, our speakers comment on:
In the subsequent "open mike" segment, Mary O'Neill, Director of Programs at the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, facilitates broader discussion among participants on such topics as:
This teleconference is presented through support from the Mott Foundation and in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, Grantmakers for Education, and the Philanthropy Roundtable.
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Total running time: 54 minutes, 45 seconds
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