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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion
Wed Jun 29th 2011, 12:02 PM
and the KIPP Knowledge is Power Program received $8,650,000.

They are second only to the Gates Foundation apparently in giving to education reform.

It's hard to beat that kind of money, especially when both parties are on board. Money talks. Teachers with years of experience are losing their careers and pensions, but the rapid advance of the reforms continues.

Walton Family Foundation Gives $157 Million Toward Education Reform

The numbers are in: the Walton Family Foundation invested $157 million in grants for K-12 education reform in 2010, a $23 million increase over its 2009 total of $134 million.

The 23-year-old foundation, created by Walmart Founder Sam Walton and his wife Helen, is second only to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in its spending on schools. Having spent over $1 billion to date on education reform, the Walton Family Foundation remains the largest donor toward initiatives supporting parental choice and encouraging competition in the education system.

The foundation's efforts take multiple forms: investing capital in passionate and promising groups seeking to start or expand quality schools; providing grants to shape public policy and give parents better information about their children's education; and funding improved performances of traditional, charter and private schools. For example, in 2010 Teach For America received $16,652,436. The Charter School Growth Fund received an additional $12,533,526, and the KIPP Knowledge is Power Program received $8,650,000.

..."Focusing on providing low income families with options beyond their zip code-assigned public school, the grant maker hopes to “spur increased achievement in several local public school systems”: Albany; Denver; East and South Los Angeles; Milwaukee; New Orleans; and Washington D.C.


As I read about all this money and power, I remembered a blog post I read last year called Waiting for Superfraud

Just a few excerpts..

Public schools have to fail. There is no alternative. So give up trying to argue otherwise with facts and logic.

The mockumentary Waiting For Superman made this clear. Funded by millionaires, the movie told the story of some privatized schools in Harlem portrayed as saviors of children otherwise condemned to public schools. Privatized schools mostly funded by hedge fund millionaires on Wall Street. They spent two million dollars to promote the film nationally. Another major film titled “The Lottery” told a similar tale: children in Harlem desperate to escape public schools. Funded by more millionaires.

.."Public schools HAVE to fail in order to crack open this egg and give these financiers access to the $360 billion they are after (estimates are that it is around $700 billion today). No matter what logic you use to explain the problems or successes of public education, it will be of no avail: public schools HAVE to fail. Whatever it takes. In a 2007 appellate court decision ruling that Merrill Lynch could not be sued by Enron stockholders for facilitating the fraud of Enron, the dissenting third member of the judicial panel wrote: “The majority immunizes a broad array of undeniably fraudulent conduct from civil liability.”

Big money wants the public schools to fail and they are quite willing to engage in “undeniably fraudulent conduct” to ensure it. One prescient book titled “The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, And The Attack On America’s Public Schools” told the tale back in 1996 but logic and facts won’t stop big money.


Read the whole thing.

And then read this article about how the Gates Foundation is giving even more to the same groups.

More on how the Gates Foundation funds school performers

Many good links and lists are available there.

Just a sample.

Don’t you wonder why journalists are so reluctant to acknowledge the good work of other journalists? Why does Valerie Strauss remain unnamed?

In June 2006, Joshua Benton of the Dallas Morning News reported that within the Texas Education Agency, contracts often were not competitively bid but depended on whom one knew at the Gates Foundation.

Diane Ravitch was on target in a July 30, 2006 Los Angeles Times piece: "In light of the size of the foundation's endowment, Bill Gates is now the nation's superintendent of schools. He can support whatever he wants, based on any theory or philosophy that appeals to him." This was positioned as an opinion piece and there was no follow-up from the education press.


They are buying up public education. They are setting up battles between long time public school teachers and the recruits coming out of the reform movement.

Right now it seems the public school teachers are on the losing end....money prevails when no one in power in on your side.

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