Giving Compass' Take:

• Governing Magazine reports that legislators in Virginia have approved $750 million in tax incentives for Amazon while teachers have been striking and walking out due to poor education and school funding. 

• Public schools across the country lost at least $1.8 billion last year as a result of economic development tax incentives granted to corporations. How can donors help drive action and support to school funding?

Here are three ways to help school funding and teacher strikes. 


Virginia is one step closer to giving Amazon $750 million in tax incentives for building the online retailer's new headquarters in Arlington, Va. The state House approved the deal 83 to 16 on Monday, sending the legislation to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam, who plans to sign it.

Outside the state Capitol on Monday, teachers rallied for more education funding. For some of them, the Amazon deal was part of the problem.

"It's just a slap in the face,” said Ashley Nelson, a teacher at Ward Elementary School in Richmond.

Teachers have been striking, walking out and protesting across the country since last spring. For the most part, they all want the same thing: After a decade of scarcity, they want school funding restored to pre-recession levels. That means higher salaries -- Virginia ranks just 34th nationally in teacher pay, according to the National Education Association union -- and better working conditions.

Read the full article about education funding in Virginia by Graham Vyse at Governing Magazine