Bill Gates Spent More Than $200 Million to Promote Common Core. Here’s Where it Went

The Gates foundation has bankrolled a sprawling network of groups to advance the standards.

| Thu Sep. 4, 2014 2:29 PM EDT
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When it comes to putting your money where your mouth is, few organizations can match the sheer weight of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Longtime education benefactors, the couple has poured more than $200 million into the Common Core cause over the last several years. Below is the last few years’ worth of individual grants.

AJ Vicens
Reporter – AJ Vicens is a reporter at Mother Jones

Grantee Amount Type Year Issue
Achievement First Inc. $837,355 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
Albuquerque Public Schools $500,000 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Alliance for Excellent Education, Inc. $551,336 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2009 and earlier College-Ready
American Agora Foundation Inc $100,000 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
American Enterprise Institute For Public Policy Research $1,068,788 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2012 Global Policy & Advocacy
American Federation Of Teachers Educational Foundation $4,400,000 Unions 2012 College-Ready
American Federation Of Teachers Educational Foundation $1,000,000 Unions 2011 College-Ready
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth $500,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2011 College-Ready
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth $100,001 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
Arkansas Public School Resource Center Inc $200,000 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Aspire Public Schools $249,855 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development $3,024,695 Nonprofit 2011 College-Ready
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development $244,733 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
Atlanta Public Schools $500,000 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Baton Rouge Area Foundation $500,000 nonprofit 2012 College-Ready
Battelle For Kids $249,808 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. $1,981,978 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Benchmark Education Company LLC $25,000 Private companies 2013 College-Ready
BetterLesson, Inc. $3,527,240 Private companies 2012 College-Ready
Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation $500,000 Nonprofit 2014 College-Ready
Center for American Progress $550,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
Center for Applied Linguistics $249,396 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Center for Curriculum Redesign Inc. $198,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2012 College-Ready
Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. $395,836 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2010 College-Ready
Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. $249,471 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
Charter Fund Inc dba Charter School Growth Fund $4,000,000 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
Cleveland Metropolitan School District $497,752 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Colorado Legacy Foundation $9,707,210 Nonprofit 2011 College-Ready
Colorado Legacy Foundation $1,748,337 States/schools 2012 College-Ready
Committee for Economic Development $865,593 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy
Common Core Inc. $550,844 Nonprofit 2009 and earlier College-Ready
Common Ground Software Inc. $500,000 Private companies 2013 College-Ready
ConnectEDU, Inc. $499,375 Private companies 2013 College-Ready
Council for a Strong America $1,700,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy
Council of Chief State School Officers $9,388,911 CCSSO/NGA 2011 College-Ready
Council of Chief State School Officers $4,000,000 CCSSO/NGA 2013 College-Ready
Council of Chief State School Officers $1,958,500 CCSSO/NGA 2013 College-Ready
Council of Chief State School Officers $1,100,000 CCSSO/NGA 2012 College-Ready
Council of Chief State School Officers $799,825 CCSSO/NGA 2013 College-Ready
Council of State Governments $399,953 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2010 College-Ready
Council of State Governments $369,623 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2011 College-Ready
Council Of The Great City Schools $5,511,184 States/schools 2011 College-Ready
Council Of The Great City Schools $2,000,000 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
Council Of The Great City Schools $100,000 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Creative Commons Corporation $1,099,687 Nonprofit 2011 College-Ready
Cristo Rey Network $556,006 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Delaware Department of Education $400,000 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
DePaul University $248,343 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
Education Commission of the States $799,221 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2010 College-Ready
Education Development Center, Inc. $211,795 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, Inc. $250,000 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc. $231,846 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Filament Games, LLC $25,000 Private companies 2013 College-Ready
Forsyth County Schools $151,200 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Foundation for Excellence in Education Inc. $2,000,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
Fund for Public Schools Inc $1,815,810 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2012 College-Ready
Georgia Department of Education $1,980,892 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Harvard University $557,168 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
Hillsborough County Council of PTA/PTSAs $25,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2011 College-Ready
iCivics, Inc. $500,000 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Illustrative Mathematics $3,416,901 Nonprofit 2012 College-Ready
James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc. $5,549,352 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2009 and earlier College-Ready
James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc. $1,749,070 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc. $500,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
JUMP Math $698,587 Nonprofit 2012 College-Ready
Kentucky Department of Education $9,800,877 States/schools 2011 College-Ready
Kentucky Department of Education $1,000,000 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Khan Academy Inc. $4,079,361 Nonprofit 2011 College-Ready
Khan Academy Inc. $1,464,667 Nonprofit 2010 College-Ready
KnowledgeWorks Foundation $241,747 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Learning Forward $999,795 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2011 College-Ready
Learning Matters, Inc. $25,000 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
LearnZillion, Inc. $1,465,525 Private companies 2013 College-Ready
LearnZillion, Inc. $250,000 Private companies 2013 College-Ready
Louisiana Department of Education $7,351,708 States/schools 2011 College-Ready
Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Inc. $151,431 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2010 College-Ready
Massachusetts Institute of Technology $3,204,132 Higher education 2011 College-Ready
Massachusetts Institute of Technology $115,000 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
MetaMetrics, Inc. $3,468,005 Private companies 2010 College-Ready
Michigan State University $650,000 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
Military Child Education Coalition $563,611 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
Military Child Education Coalition $269,998 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2009 and earlier Global Policy & Advocacy
Military Child Education Coalition $149,965 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2011 Global Policy & Advocacy
Motion Math, Inc. $100,000 Private companies 2013 College-Ready
National Association of State Boards of Education $1,077,960 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2011 College-Ready
National Association of State Boards of Education $800,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
National Association of State Boards of Education $450,675 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2009 and earlier College-Ready
National Catholic Educational Association $100,007 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
National Center for Family Literacy Inc. $239,796 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
National Conference of State Legislatures $557,046 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy
National Congress of Parents and Teachers $499,962 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
National Council of Teachers of English $249,482 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
National Governors Association Center For Best Practices $1,293,904 CCSSO/NGA 2011 College-Ready
National Governors Association Center For Best Practices $750,000 CCSSO/NGA 2013 College-Ready
National Governors Association Center For Best Practices $37,674 CCSSO/NGA 2012 Strategic Partnerships
National Indian Education Association $600,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy
National Indian Education Association $500,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2011 Strategic Partnerships
National Math and Science Initiative Inc. $248,760 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
National Paideia Center Inc $659,788 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
National Writing Project $3,095,593 Nonprofit 2011 College-Ready
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Inc. $350,000 Nonprofit 2011 College-Ready
New America Foundation $200,002 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
New Teacher Center $250,000 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
New Venture Fund $10,300,300 Nonprofit 2014 Global Policy & Advocacy
New Venture Fund $3,213,686 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
New Venture Fund $1,150,000 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
New Venture Fund $378,000 Nonprofit 2011 Global Policy & Advocacy
New Visions for Public Schools, Inc $8,149,935 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
New Visions for Public Schools, Inc $250,000 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
New York University $40,282 Higher education 2010 College-Ready
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction $75,000 States/schools 2011 Community Grants
Partnership for Learning $499,492 nonprofit 2014 Community Grants
Pennsylvania Business Council Education Foundation $257,391 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2012 College-Ready
Pennsylvania Department of Education $526,960 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children $240,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy
Perkins School for the Blind $249,113 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
Policy Innovators In Education Network, Inc. $499,951 think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence $198,206 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2011 College-Ready
Puget Sound Educational Service District $247,465 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
Purdue University $1,453,832 Higher education 2010 College-Ready
Reasoning Mind, Inc. $742,996 Nonprofit 2011 College-Ready
Regents University Of California Los Angeles $942,527 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
Region 8 ESC of Northeast Indiana $249,505 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
Research for Action Inc $1,309,409 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2010 College-Ready
Research for Action Inc $650,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. $4,968,652 Nonprofit 2011 Postsecondary Success
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. $2,500,000 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
Scholastic Inc. $4,463,541 Private companies 2011 College-Ready
School District of Philadelphia $500,000 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
Six Red Marbles LLC $500,000 Private companies 2013 College-Ready
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center $440,035 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy
Southern Regional Education Board $350,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
Stanford University $1,400,000 Higher education 2011 College-Ready
Stanford University $200,000 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
State Education Technology $500,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2012 College-Ready
Student Achievement Partners Inc $4,042,920 Nonprofit 2012 College-Ready
Summit Public Schools $250,000 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
Tennessee Department of Education $400,000 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education $250,000 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
The Achievement Network $3,002,252 Nonprofit 2012 College-Ready
The Achievement Network $250,249 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready
The Aspen Institute Inc $3,615,655 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
The Aspen Institute Inc $1,500,003 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
The Aspen Institute Inc $74,290 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 College-Ready
The College-Ready Promise $300,000 States/schools 2011 College-Ready
The Education Trust $2,039,526 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2009 and earlier College-Ready
The Fund For Transforming Education in Kentucky Inc $1,903,089 nonprofit 2012 College-Ready
The George Washington University $259,895 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education $3,882,600 Unions 2013 College-Ready
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education $501,580 Unions 2013 College-Ready
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education $100,000 Unions 2014 College-Ready
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education $99,997 Unions 2012 College-Ready
The SEED Foundation, Inc. $200,000 States/schools 2013 College-Ready
The University of the State of New York $892,500 States/schools 2010 College-Ready
The University of the State of New York $600,000 Higher education 2011 College-Ready
Thomas B. Fordham Institute $959,116 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2009 and earlier College-Ready
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation $1,383,041 Think tanks/advocacy groups 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy
United Way Worldwide $1,212,571 Nonprofit 2014 Global Policy & Advocacy
University of Florida $250,000 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
University of Kentucky Research Foundation $1,000,000 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
University of Michigan $1,999,999 Higher education 2012 College-Ready
University of Missouri – Columbia $249,826 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $329,034 Higher education 2011 College-Ready
University of Washington Foundation $610,819 Higher education 2013 College-Ready
WestEd $30,000 Nonprofit 2013 College-Ready

 

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