Billionaire Education Philanthropist Barbara Dalio Isn’t Giving Up on Disengaged Students – Inside Philanthropy

by | Oct 11, 2022 | Education


In August, IP took a look back at the Partnership for Connecticut, which shuttered just one year after getting off the ground in part through funding and leadership from Dalio Education. We weren’t able to get in touch with Dalio Education in time for publication, but representatives reached out to us with the following statement from founder Barbara Dalio: “It’s unfortunate that the partnership didn’t work out, but the Dalio Education team and I remain 100% committed to working with educators to do what we can to help improve educational outcomes in Connecticut.”We recently spoke with Barbara Dalio and Andrew Ferguson, Dalio Education’s chief education officer, to learn more about what that looks like. They didn’t want to talk about the Partnership for Connecticut, but they were excited to discuss the organization’s current work.In its current iteration, Dalio Education has carved out one main focus for its philanthropy: students who are checked out of the education system in the state of Connecticut. Research underwritten by the funder revealed that more than 1 in 5 teens in Connecticut are “disengaged or disconnected.” That is, they are at risk of dropping out of hi …

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