Charter schools get mixed grades
Despite the support of big-time philanthropists and the Obama administration for charter schools, most of the roughly 5,000 charter schools in the U.S. seem to be no better, and often worse, than public schools when measured by achievement on standardized tests, The New York Times reported May 1 (see charter schools story).
Gates Foundation chief promotes efficient farming
The CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says developing high-yield crops and improving farming practices are key to addressing world hunger and a looming water shortage, The Associated Press reported May 3 (see Gates Foundation story).
For-profit sex museum has charitable arm
While the Museum of Sex in New York City is a for-profit entity, the museum's tax-exempt affiliate, the Muse Foundation of New York, takes in tax-deductible donations for the museum's collection, The New York Times reported May 3 (see for-profit museum story).