"But the alliance struggled with a poor relationship with the previous School Board and began to lose members of its board who believed there should be more accountability to make sure donations were accomplishing goals.
With a new School Board, new superintendent and a host of new initiatives in the works, D'Amelio said it's a good time for the alliance to rethink its philanthropic work and impose a bigger focus on results."And it's fine if donors ask, "Where's the beef?" It sounds a lot like the City wanting more results from the Family levy and changing how the money is given out. I would think if the district is doing the SE Initiative and the Alliance is going to put more resources towards these efforts, it's reasonable to expect to see some change. But schools can't do it all. Is there the will within these communities to support these efforts and back it up at home? What will it take to create change?
UPDATE: Dan D. provides a link to the PI story in his comment. Reporter Jessica Blanchard provides this additional information:
"A new Educational Investments Task Force, made up of School Board members and community representatives, will help decide where the money is invested."
It might be worth investigating how they will pick the Task Force.