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Edwatch: Chalkboard Project aka Foundations for a Better Oregon

Organization Name: Chalkboard Project aka Foundations for a Better Oregon
Company Line: Our mission: Uniting Oregonians to make our schools among the nation’s best. Chalkboard Project is an initiative of Foundations for Better Oregon. Chalkboard is the first initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon, a collaboration of six of Oregon’s leading foundations: the Collins Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, JELD-WEN Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation. The CLASS (Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success) Project, Chalkboard's largest initiative to date, includes 12 Oregon school districts and engages in work strengthen educator effectiveness and raise student achievement.[3] CLASS focus on four components of effective teaching: expanded career paths, relevant professional development, effective performance evaluations and new compensation models.
Bottom Line: Chalkboard Project promotes a reform agenda accepting huge donations from Oregon's major philanthropists to promote the agenda favored by the wealthy elite. CLASS is one of the oldest reform programs nationwide. It seeks to dictate teacher professional development, tie teacher evaluation to student test scores, and create teacher incentives models to replace salary schedules. TEACH Oregon strives to create alternative paths to teaching.

In recent years the organization has received most of its funding from government grants. That should raise cause for concern as to whether Foundations for a Better Oregon is adhering to its original mission for which it was granted tax exempt status.
Year Established: 2004
Organization Type: Nonprofit
Major Donors: Oregon Department Of Education, Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, Jeld-Wen Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Ford Foundation, Collins Foundation
Where the Money Goes
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