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Education, Foundations, and Transparency : The Role of Philanthropy and Oversight in K-12 Education Reform

Author:
Lash, Spencer Nelson
Degree Supervisor:
Lorraine M. McDonnell
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2016
Issued Date:
2016
Topics:
Education policy, Public policy, and Political science
Keywords:
Foundations
Philanthropy
Transparency
Accountability
Education Reform
K-12.
Genres:
Online resources and Dissertations, Academic
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Political Science
Dissertation:
M.A.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
Description:

This thesis examines the role that major philanthropic foundations play in K-12 education reform and its implications for public school policy and politics in the United States. It begins with an exploration of the existing literature on private foundations and their historical and contemporary involvement in K-12 education reform, noting the primary sources of contention between proponents of increased foundation autonomy and critics that argue for more intensive regulation. The discussion follows this by critically interrogating these arguments and offering an alternative theoretical perspective to approaching oversight for major foundations. This approach deviates from traditional analyses as it does not focus on tax-exempt status as a basis for enhanced oversight but rather on the potential outcomes and risks of foundation grantmaking for public school systems. After laying this theoretical groundwork, the thesis offers a proposal for enhanced transparency and public disclosure for major education foundations, providing a low-cost, politically and technically feasible approach to oversight that builds on existing public and civil society disclosure programs.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (111 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3t153fj
ISBN:
9781339671314
Catalog System Number:
990046534480203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Spencer Lash
File Description
Access: Public access
Lash_ucsb_0035N_12887.pdf pdf (Portable Document Format)