Monthly Archives: July 2011

Once Nearly 100%, Teacher Tenure Rate Drops to 58% as Rules Tighten

In New York Times by SHARON OTTERMAN

The era of automatic tenure for teachers in New York City is over, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Wednesday.

Under tougher evaluation guidelines that the city put into effect this year, 58 percent of teachers eligible for tenure received it, the mayor said at a news conference at the Department of Education. A decision on tenure was deferred for 39 percent of eligible teachers, up from 8 percent a year ago. Three percent of eligible teachers were denied tenure outright in both years.

Five years ago, roughly 99 percent of eligible teachers — those who had completed their third year on the job — received tenure, mirroring statistics in school districts around the nation.

While state law outlines the general procedures for awarding tenure to teachers, the details are left to individual districts. “We’ve turned what had been a joke interpretation of the state law,” Mr. Bloomberg said, “to make it something that you have to work hard, earn, and show that you are better than the average bear” to get.

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Arts to Grow: Our Story

Arts to Grow is excited to share our new video produced by Arts to Grow volunteer Dina Doyle for Rethink Impact Project.  This latest version includes the voices of our students.  Let us know what you think.  We welcome your feedback!

Thanks, Arts to Grow Team! 

How Helpful is Teaching Nonprofits How to Fish?

One of Arts to Grow’s favorite blogger Beth Kanter published a guest post by Paul Connolly, senior partner and chief client services officer at TCC Group, a national management consulting firm that provides planning, evaluation, and capacity-building services to funders, nonprofits, and corporate citizenship programs.

When thinking about fundraising, many nonprofits and funders believe in the old adage, “Give a person a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a person to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”  Most nonprofits implore: “Just fund a development director position for us, and it will pay for itself in a year, 

enabling us not just to survive but to thrive.”  Fundraising advisors encourage this support too.  At the Council on Foundations annual conference in April, Dan Pallotta, author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, proclaimed, “We should be capitalizing on the multiplication potential by funding the fundraising operations that can fund the programs.”  He contended that investment—whether it’s in a major gift campaign, a planned giving or special event 

program, or the expansion of development staff—consistently generates a positive return.

The case for fortifying nonprofits’ fundraising capability seems like a no-brainer.  But is it?  According to a new study that TCC Group is conducting of the Packard Foundation’s support for nonprofit capacity-building activities, the answer is no. …

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Arts Spending Cut as 2012 Federal Budget Work Begins

In Chronicle of Philanthropy , the nonprofit world news we found an upsetting article published by  By Suzanne Perry on July 13, 2011.

The House Appropriations Committee, which pushed for deep cuts in federal spending in 2011, is starting to signal which programs it hopes to trim in 2012.

Among the first casualties in the nonprofit world: spending on the arts.

The key Republican-led committee, which is now drafting a number of budget bills, on Tuesday adopted legislation that would reduce spending on the National Endowment for the Arts from just under $155-million in 2011 to $135-million next fiscal year.

Americans for the Arts, an advocacy group, complained that the 13-percent cut would be the biggest the agency had suffered in 16 years and was more severe than the 7-percent cut in overall spending outlined in the legislation, which also proposes budgets for the Departments of Interior and Environment and other agencies.

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The State of America’s Children

Marian Wright Edelman posted in The Huffington Post   update on The State of America’s Children® 2011

The Children’s Defense Fund has just released a new report, The State of America’s Children® 2011, which paints a disturbing portrait of child needs across our country. With rampant unemployment, housing foreclosures, homelessness, hunger, and massive looming federal and state budget cuts, children’s well-being is in great jeopardy. One in five children is poor and children are our nation’s poorest age group. Child poverty increased almost 10 percent between 2008 and 2009, the largest single year increase since data were first collected. Fifteen and a half million children are adrift in a sea of poverty, and every 32 seconds another child is born poor. As our country struggles to climb out of the recession millions of our children are falling further behind…Read more… 

Click here to learn more about The State of America’s Children 2011.


Breaking the Rules: Fund Raising in Hard Times

Interesting story about fund raisers turning conventional approaches upside down, published in Chronicle of Philanthropy by  Holly Hall

While many fund raisers are taking a back-to-basics approach to dealing with the bad economy, as my colleagues and I note in The Chronicle’s cover story last week, others are turning conventional approaches upside down.

Among them: Barrett Carson, vice president for development at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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New Round of Federal School-Innovation Grants Announced

In Chronicle of Philanthropy by Patrick Lester: 

The Education Department announced that it will award $150-million to nonprofits and school districts in the second round of grants for school-improvement projects under the Investing in Innovation program. Also known as “i3,” the program will provide the money to groups that can show evidence they will be successful. 

The grant amount is down from $650-million last year, when i3 first received money under the federal economic-stimulus program. That money went to 49 groups, including $50-million each to Teach for America, the alternative teacher-training program, and the Knowledge Is Power Program, also known as KIPP, which operates charter schools.

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