It all being bankrolled by an emerging class of venture philanthropists, writes Edweek's Dakarai Aarons ("Rolling up their Sleeves"). This collection of equity-fund millionaires, corporate lobbyists and downtown real estate developers, each have their favorite charter schools or vertically-integrated programs that they contribute to. The list also includes people like Helen Zell, the executive director of the Zell Family Foundation and the wife of Sam Zell, the real estate magnate who has driven the Tribune company into bankruptcy.
"We can all write checks," said Bruce V. Rauner, the principal of GTCR Golder Rauner, a multibillion-dollar private-equity and venture-capital firm here. "Venture philanthropy goes beyond feeling good and trying to be helpful, to being very focused and demanding results."Did he say "demanding results." Well, he's the education chair of the Civic Committee, the shadow government in Chicago, so I guess he can demand whatever the hell he wants.
Oh, BTW, Aarons puffy no-questions-asked Edweek piece is underwritten by the Wallace Foundation. Don't worry though. It's just the business model rolling up it's sleeves.