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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:15 PM

Rupert Murdoch sees $500 billion profit waiting in US public education. Getting his share.

There's a battle being waged in this country against our public school systems. It's not irate parents, it's a corporate battle.

These education "reformers" have the money to buy up politicians in both parties to get laws passed for their benefits. Public schools have little resources to fight back.

Hey, lobbyist, leave them kids alone!

There is no doubt that the performance of U.S. students against their international counterparts continues to disappoint. But since the reasons for this are so difficult to pin down, a parade of self-proclaimed experts and “reformers” has emerged in recent years, touting the urgency of their proposed solutions – never mind if they require redirecting streams of taxpayer dollars into the pockets of their friends.

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is among the more-recognizable faces of this movement, having purchased education technology firm Wireless Generation for $360 million in November 2010.

“When it comes to K-12 education,” Murdoch said at the time, “we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed by big breakthroughs that extend the reach of great teaching.”


Despite the scandals associated with his name and his News Corp company, Murdoch is getting a foothold in the "reforms" going on now. He and his Wireless Generation company are getting a huge profit from a contract with the Chicago school system.

Just like I always say, accountability is only for public school teachers....never for the very rich.

Looks like Rupert Murdoch will profit from "reform" of Chicago school system.

In case Chicago missed it, Rupert Murdoch is now profiting from the testing craziness hitting Chicago's public schools. He owns an outfit called "Wireless Generation" that is now a contractor with CPS. Anyone who doesn't already know that the administration of Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third largest school system, is in the hands of amateurs (or worse, outsiders who want to destroy public education and turn it over to the private sector at all costs), should be contacting any of the 241 principals of the so-called "Track E" schools which begin receiving their students on August 13, 2012.

Things have gotten so crazy in the 2012 world of edits, memos, Power Points, orders, reforms, re-reforms, and re-re-re-reforms from the administration of former Rochester school supt. Jean-Claude Brizard and former "Relationship Banker" Rahm Emanuel that it would take a team of a dozen investigative reporters on the ground school-by-school (with a backup team of another dozen researchers) to separate out the greed, mendacity, incompetence, and silliness that is being foisted on Chicago behind the smokescreen of the latest iteration of "School Reform." Meanwhile, the city's communities, teachers, principals, and children will be facing centrally planned chaos as the first full year of Rahm's version of "School Reform" kicks in non Monday August 13, 2012. The 241 Chicago "Track E" schools would make this sub-system one of the 20 largest school districts in the USA were it a separate system. But it would be one of only three (the other two are Detroit and New Orleans) currently ruled by a group of outside mercenaries dedicated to destroying public education.


Murdoch was going to get 27 million from the Race to the Top money in New York City, but State Controller Thomas DiNapoli rejected the contract.

"New York City ditched a $27 million education contract with News Corp subsidiary Wireless Generation, citing the ongoing investigations into the phone hacking allegations related to News Corp's now-defunct News Of The World tabloid.

State Controller Thomas DiNapoli rejected the Education Department's contract with the company, the New York Daily News reports, which would have paid $27 million to create software to track test scores. The funding would have come out of the state's $700 million "Race to the Top" education funds, but DiNapoli's office said that there were concerns about News Corp's "incomplete record" and about the ongoing scandal


A NY education spokesman said that "“They’ll get a small piece of a smaller pie than they would have received under last year’s proposed contract".

I firmly believe that Rupert Murdoch should not be getting even a small sliver of the pie. He should get zero public money.


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Reply Rupert Murdoch sees $500 billion profit waiting in US public education. Getting his share. (Original post)
madfloridian Nov 2012 OP
Dubster Nov 2012 #1
madfloridian Nov 2012 #3
Teamster Jeff Nov 2012 #2
madfloridian Nov 2012 #7
WinkyDink Nov 2012 #4
madfloridian Nov 2012 #5
madfloridian Nov 2012 #6
Etraker Nov 2012 #8
madfloridian Nov 2012 #9
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #10
madfloridian Nov 2012 #11
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #12
madfloridian Nov 2012 #16
JI7 Nov 2012 #13
madfloridian Nov 2012 #14
jsr Nov 2012 #15
madfloridian Nov 2012 #17

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:21 PM

1. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Dubster (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:45 PM

3. He is not held accountable for anything he does.

He just keeps on in his arrogant ways.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:26 PM

2. K&R

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:36 PM

7. .....

Much appreciated.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:51 PM

4. Schools will become corporations, complete with ads and video commercials.

And if anyone thinks a billionaire wants American students to become independent thinkers and questioners, there's this proverbial bridge.......

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:04 PM

5. You're right. They intend to use public schools as training grounds for workers.

It's already started. In-depth learning not required.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:50 PM

6. In Murdoch's contract, Chicago will give students' private info to testing companies.

CPS set to sign away student privacy

At their meeting tomorrow, the Chicago Board of Education is set to sign a new contract with Rupert Murdoch’s Wireless Generation to collect and store student mathematics assessment information with the provision that our children’s personal information will be shared with test publishers and other corporations that make money off of our students.

Thought there were privacy laws and parental rights?

Think again.

..."This project provokes serious privacy concerns as to the security of this confidential information, and the lack of any parental consent in the decision to share it with the LLC. The concerns are intensified by the fact that News Corp has been charged with serious privacy violations, including phone and computer hacking and bribing of public officials in the UK. The NY Post, another subsidiary of News Corp, recently provoked controversy by publishing teacher data reports based on student test scores in its paper, and running inflammatory articles about teachers who received low scores.


Just imagine. Murdoch is profiting bigtime off Chicago's students in spite of serious concerns about him.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:48 PM

8. he is an asshat

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Response to Etraker (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:00 AM

9. Yep.

He is.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:06 AM

10. That is just effing unacceptable. Rupert Murdoch involved in our

educational system??? His Faux channel has produced the most ignorant, uninformed morons regarding simple current events ever.

Why can we not get rid of this treasonous moron who is more of a threat to this country than any terrorist?

Who is propping him up? Why isn't he in jail already?

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:12 AM

11. Who offered him this contract? Why? Do the parents know?

I thought people might show more concern about the harm to public education after the election. I was wrong.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:19 AM

12. I do not know. This guy is or was basically close to jail in Britain and I had

hoped we would not be hearing much from him again.

But clearly those who rule this country are going to protect their loyal propagandists and operatives, like Rove and Murdoch. These two alone have caused so much harm to this country. And apparently there is no one willing to do anything about them.

After the election? Lol, NOW we are told we need to wait a few weeks to talk about issues of importance to give us time to celebrate. After which we will be told 'there is an election coming up'.

Thankfully DU no longer really represents Progressive Dems. Most I think have moved on from these uber partisan forums where it is now rare to see any real discussion of issues that are so important to the American people.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:42 AM

16. I know what you mean.

I waited until the election was over before posting here again. It has been so easy for the reformers with the media on their side, with both parties on their side. They can't lose for winning.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:24 AM

13. you are back

where have you been ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:32 AM

14. Twittering, loving it. Daily Kos.

Needed a change.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:38 AM

15. It's the newest fad in corporate welfare

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Response to jsr (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:54 PM

17. And a very dangerous one.

I am just stunned that a school system would consider Murdoch suitable to have a contract with public schools....actually 2 school systems. NYC was saved from him just barely, but he still has subcontracts. It's shocking how relevant he still is in this country. Scary.

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