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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 10:21 AM
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Murdoch-Owned Wireless Generation's Contract Should Be Scratched, Teachers' Union Leaders Write
Source: Huffington Post

Murdoch-Owned Wireless Generation's Contract Should Be Scratched, Teachers' Union Leaders Write

NEW YORK -- New York should drop a $27 million contract with Wireless Generation, a Rupert Murdoch-owned student data tracking company, in light of News Corporation's alleged wrongdoings, teachers' union leaders wrote in a Thursday evening letter to state officials.

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"We have become increasingly concerned with the proposed contract," Michael Mulgrew and Richard Iannuzzi, who respectively head New York City's and the state's teachers' unions, wrote in the note.

The letter is addressed to New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, state Commissioner of Education John King, Jr., and copied to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

"It is especially troubling that Wireless Generation will be tasked with creating a centralized student database for personal information even as its parent company, News Corporation, stands accused of engaging in illegal news gathering tactics, including the hacking of private voicemail accounts," the letter reads.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/05/murdoch-wirele...
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 10:37 AM
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1. K&R with a non-HuffPo link:
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disndat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 10:49 AM
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2. Smells of "revolving door and cronyism"
Not mentioned in the NY Times article on Joel Klein's astonishing step-up to becomes Murdoch's top lieutenant.
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roxiejules Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 11:09 AM
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3. Unholy alliance between Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch and Joel Klein
Edited on Sat Aug-06-11 11:10 AM by roxiejules
ceaselessly devoted to expanding the educational industrial technological complex at the cost of real support to teachers and children. Watch out for more wasted money being spent on data systems that dont help differentiate instruction, but that have huge potentials for abuse.



http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2011/08/unho...

The Gates Foundation and Rupert Murdoch's Wireless Gen stand to profit off taxpayers.


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roxiejules Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 11:20 AM
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4. Petition link
Ask the NYS & NYC Comptrollers to cancel no-bid Wireless Gen contracts!

Sign petition now, asking the State and City Comptroller to reject these egregious no-bid contracts with Murdochs Wireless Generation, with copies sent to the State Education Commissioner John King, the NY Board of Regents, NYC Chancellor Walcott, and the federal independent investigator for the US Dept. of Ed (since the state program is supposed to be paid for with federal funds.)


http://www.change.org/petitions/ask-the-nys-nyc-comptro...


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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 12:43 PM
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5. Signed. You should make this a separate OP for more eyes and signatures.
:)
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 03:41 PM
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6. Kicked and recommended for the OP and roxiejules' post # 4.
Thanks for the thread, kpete.
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