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March 8, 2010; The Daily News | In conjunction with the Obama Administration’s infusion of significant federal government capital into public school systems, it appears that one of the most vibrant components of the nonprofit sector is the collection of public foundations that have been created to solicit funds to supplement public school programs. In Newburyport, Massachusetts, the Newburyport Education Business Coalition, created in the 1990s to support partnerships between schools and the corporate sector as part of President Ronald Reagan’s “Call to Action” program, is merging with the Newburyport Education Foundation, which raises money to supplement public school programs. Like many of these education foundation communities, Newburyport is not hurting. It is a small city (population under 18,000 as of the 2000 census, probably not much more now), with income levels 10-15% higher than the state’s and a poverty level half that elsewhere in the Bay State. This merger continues the national trend pointed out by Stanford’s Rob Reich, that better-heeled communities make headway in supplementing their local schools through charitable fundraising.—Rick Cohen