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Jeff Bryant: How the Rich Get Richer by Destroying Public Schools

The United States has one of the more predatory elites, the Wealthiest Americans, in history, despite that philanthropy. Compared to vampires, this 0.1-percent predatory elite is even more bloodthirsty and greedy.

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I think we are beginning to understand the real purpose of Corporate Reform. The 1% and their minions repeat ad nauseum that school choice will fix all education problems, lift the poor out of poverty, and no new taxes are needed. Indeed, they have pushed for tax cuts and cheered on deep cuts to public education. We are watching a generation of defunding public schools, refusing to invest in teachers’ salaries, and a massive transfer of resources from the public sector to private institutions.

Jeff Bryant explains it here.

“Recent news stories about wealthy folks giving multi-million donations to education efforts have drawn both praise and criticism, but two new reports by public education advocacy groups this week are particularly revealing about the real impact rich people have on schools and how they’ve chosen to leverage their money to influence the system.

‘The Education Debt’

“The first report, “Confronting…

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Posted by on September 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

NPE Dark Money Report: How the Super Rich Buy Elections to Undermine Public Schools

Hijacked by Billionaires: How the Super Rich Buy Elections to Undermine Public Schools.

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On September 10, 2018, the Network for Public Education (NPE) released a valuable report years in the making, Hijacked by Billionaires: How the Super Rich Buy Elections to Undermine Public Schools.

The full report is 103 pages long and includes 9 case studies that are accompanied by 10 interactive maps (two for Louisiana):

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Posted by on September 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

A Layman’s Guide to the Destroy Public Education Movement

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The destroy public education (DPE) movement is the fruit of a relatively small group of billionaires. The movement is financed by several large non-profit organizations. Nearly all of the money spent is free of taxation. Without this spending, there would be no wide-spread public school privatization.

It is generally recognized that the big three foundations driving DPE activities are The Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation (Assets in 2016 = $41 billion), The Walton Family Foundation (Assets in 2016 = $3.8 billion), and The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation (Assets in 2016 = $1.8 billion).

Yesterday, the Network for Public Education published “Hijacked by Billionaires: How the Super Rich Buy Elections to Undermine Public Schools.” This interactive report lists the top ten billionaires spending to drive their DPE agenda with links to case studies for their spending.

Top 10 Billioaires

These Images Come from the New NPE Report

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Posted by on September 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Digital Curriculum: Questions Parents Should be Asking

Digital Curriculum: Questions Parents Should be Asking

Start asking questions and stop the billionaires and corporate pirates that are out to destroy public education for profit and to control our children’s minds by controlling how they are taught and what they are taught.

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Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears

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I have laid out a set of ten questions that parents should be asking their child’s teachers and school administrators. Feel free to share and/or print it out and bring it with you to back-to-school night.

As we enter this new era of blended/hybrid classrooms, the clamor of ed-tech entrepreneurs pitching their digital curricula is getting to be truly overwhelming for parents. Rather than critiquing individual programs, I have laid out a set of ten questions that parents should be asking their child’s teachers and school administrators. Feel free to share and/or print it out and bring it with you to back-to-school night. I’d love to know what the response is.

1. Does the program require aggregating PII (personally identifiable information) from students to function properly? And even if it doesn’t REQUIRE it, does the program collect PII?

2. Does the program…

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Posted by on September 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Hijacked by Billionaires: How the Super Rich Buy Elections to Undermine Public Schools

When the privatization of public education is at the heart of an election, billionaires spend record breaking sums to bend the outcome to their will.

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Posted by on September 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Breitbart Loves Marshall Tuck as the “Choice” Candidate for California Superintendent of Public Instruction

Voters in California, be aware that Marshall Tuck is a corporate minion and slave.

Vote for Tony Thurmond to become the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction. A vote for Tuck is the same as a vote for Trump.

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Earlier this summer, the rightwing rag Breitbart posted a very positive article about Marshall Tuck, who is running to become California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Breitbart, long associated with Steve Bannon and white-nationalist policies, identifies Tuck as pro-charter school and anti-union.

The article correctly notes that Tuck received only 5% of the votes at the state Democratic convention.

The overwhelming majority of Democratic delegates to the convention endorsed Tuck’s opponent, Tony Thurmond.

There are many reasons to vote for Tony Thurmond, including his experience as a social worker and his demonstrated concern for students, not corporate interests.

If you want Eli Broad and the other billionaires to control public education and privatize it, then Tuck’s your man.

If you want public schools to remain public and accountable to democratically elected school boards, vote for Tony Thurmond.

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Posted by on August 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Stand Out: A Guide to [Charter] School Marketing

Oh, the lies corporate charter school tell to steal children away from the public schools.

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Where there is a charter school, there is a need to drum up some enrollment.

“It is not enough for parents to choose any seats,” saith the charter school; “we need for those parents to choose our seats.”

That’s where some nifty marketing assistance is helpful.

In 2015, the Colorado League of Charter Schools (CLCS) produced a publication entitled, Stand Out: A Guide to School Marketing, created by Lisa Relou Consulting:

Stand Out: A Guide to School Marketing was created in collaboration with Lisa Relou Consulting. Lisa Relou is the former Director of Internal Communications and Marketing for Denver Public Schools and has 15 years of experience marketing
schools in Colorado. She is currently a strategic consultant in the field of education reform and philanthropy and specializes in collaborating with leaders and organizations to tell their story. For information contact lisa.relou@gmail.com.

Some thoughts on how parents need help making…

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Posted by on August 29, 2018 in Uncategorized