Sat Dec 22, 2012, 06:37 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Beware of foundations bearing gifts: hidden costs, secret stipulations
Last edited Sat Dec 22, 2012, 06:38 AM - Edit history (1)
News of a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Hartford School District was reported with the usual unquestioning cheerleading from the state’s news media. But... Close reading of the proposal reveals the grant, lauded as a gift of altruism, shares many characteristics with the Trojan Horse in terms of what it means for both the well-being of our children and for our state’s education budget...
(The writer then goes into detail about how the new assessment systems supposedly funded by the grant wind up costing the district way more... "By some measures, MAP® has cost our school district as much as $10 million...The yearly subscription/licensing cost for MAP® was estimated to be $500,000 per year...")
But let’s not single out the Gates Foundation for bearing the Trojan Horse of the Education Reform movement. They’ve got company with the Broad Foundation. Just this week, after the Education Law Center filed an Open Public Records Act request, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration was forced to reveal the terms of a $430,000 grant from the the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. One of the more disturbing terms of the grant was that it was conditional on Christie remaining the governor of the state.
According to the Star-Ledger, there were other curious provisions in the grant, including lengthy provisions about secrecy, to the point that if the Christie administration were required by law to make the document public, it was required to let the Broad Foundation know first “so that TBF may contest the disclosure and or/seek a protective order.”
Perhaps the Broad Foundation folks were worried New Jersey parents might not like some of their “benchmarks.” For example, “the percent of high quality public charter schools in New Jersey, as measured by definition of high quality, will increase by 50 percent by 2014-15.” After all, shouldn’t elected legislators make such decisions, rather than foundations controlled by opinionated billionaires in deals shrouded by secrecy?
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Beware of foundations bearing gifts: hidden costs, secret stipulations (Original post)
Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:43 AM
valerief (37,275 posts)
3. Plutocracy, plutocracy, plutocracy. nt
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Response to valerief (Reply #3)
Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:09 AM
Rex (40,439 posts)
7. I hope they are happy with the America we now have.
They created it into the 'free market paradise', predatory capitalists only dreamed of under the Reagan administration.
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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:55 AM
sulphurdunn (4,268 posts)
4. You may rest assured
that no child of Bill and Melinda Gates or any other billionaire social engineer will ever attend any public or charter school test factory they are creating for the lower orders and that absolutely none of their "reforms" will ever be imposed upon the private academies where they send their own children.
En Vino Veritas
Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #4)
Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:25 AM
friendly_iconoclast (9,478 posts)
8. Preach it, Brother/Sister sulphurdunn!
“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” -Frank Zappa