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Julie Cavanagh | February 1, 2011

Education reform is dominated by a privileged few who seek to change schooling from a public service to a lucrative business. Photo: Jim West.

The public conversation around education reform is dominated by a privileged few who seek to change schooling from a public service to a lucrative business.

Millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and the Walton family, owners of Wal-Mart, have spent years pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into think tanks and political campaigns.

They have captured the media through projects like the movie Waiting for Superman and NBCs Education Nation. Their intent is clear: to gain control of public opinion and public policy and open up access to what they refer to as the K-12 market, namely, our schools.

Sadly, the Obama administration, led by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, has the same plan.

Two years ago I faced the billionaires agenda head on when my Triple A-rated public school was forced to give up part of our building to a privately run education corporation, commonly called a charter school. The charter was founded by the son of billionaire hedge-funder Julian Robertson.

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