Best Persons Education Stephen Colbert

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Former Colbert Report host and future Late Show host Stephen Colbert announced today that he would personally fund every existing grant request made by public school teachers in South Carolina.

Colbert partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totaling $800,000.

Colbert, a South Carolina native, announced the funding at a conference in New York hosted by DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding non-profit where teachers create projects requesting materials and experiences their students need to learn, and donors support the projects that inspire them.

As the Greenville News points out, some of the teachers and schools that will receive grants have as many as 100 percent of their students on free or reduced price lunches. These are very poor districts.

  • aynwrong

    Awesomeness!!!
    Yet another reason why the guy deserves all the praise he gets and more.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Awesome!
    He just keeps giving the Colbert BUMP.

  • muselet

    Good on Stephen Colbert. It’s a very generous thing he’s doing and he should be applauded.

    On the other hand—hey, it’s me, there’s always at least one other hand—public-school funding shouldn’t depend on the generosity of wealthy individuals. This year, it’s Stephen Colbert funding grant requests; next year, maybe it’s the Koch brothers providing schools with new textbooks (which just happen to carry the message that breathable air and non-inflammable water are overrated).

    I hate slippery-slope arguments as much as the next person, and maybe I’m dead wrong about this. It makes me nervous, is all.

    –alopecia

    • public-school funding shouldn’t depend on the generosity of wealthy individuals

      Completely agree, and you’re not wrong about funding public schools with private money. .

    • aynwrong

      Exactly right. The public school system in the richest nation on earth is now a thing that requires charity. That never should have been allowed to come to pass.

      • Christopher Foxx

        The public school system in the richest nation on earth is now a thing that requires charity.

        Now? When has that not been the case?

        “It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber.” is at least a generation old. And bake sales by schools have been going on for a few generations before that.

        • aynwrong

          You make a good point. It does seem to me that things have gotten worse.

    • Draxiar

      Bravo to Stephen Colbert and agreed…it makes you nervous and rightly so.