This morning a friend tweeted me a grant listing from the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Gates is giving ALEC $375,000
[T]o educate and engage its membership on more efficient state budget approaches to drive greater student outcomes, as well as educate them on beneficial ways to recruit, retain, evaluate and compensate effective teaching based upon merit and achievement
While bankrolling some of the worst market and profit driven, privatizing, “choice,” teacher and union bashing, data-obsessed, “reforms,” all the while leveraging public money for private ends, Gates and the Gates Foundation have tried to preserve the illusion that they are “friends” of public education. The mask is off. No friend of public education or America’s children supports ALEC and their mission to destroy the public sector (see ALEC Exposed).
A few words from Susan Troller’s farewell column are in order (goodbye and good wishes Susan, you’ll be missed):
Not all “reformers” actually want reform.
There’s a well-funded national campaign made up of conservative think tanks, public relations firms and big-money donors whose mission is to discredit public schools. Some of them just hate the teacher unions and disdain teachers and all public workers.
Others are ideologically opposed to the notion of public education and would like to privatize everything; their releases provide a steady litany about the advantages of “choice” schools, from private voucher schools to for-profit charters that operate with public dollars.
Had their been any doubt that Gates was part of this, there is no longer.
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Thomas J. Mertz