Amount: $40,000 given to the League of Education Voters “to support a series of education-related speakers in Seattle”.
And who were those speakers? Kevin Johnson who spoke about how wonderful charter schools are, Richard Barth with KIPP Schools, a charter franchise, Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Charter Schools and of course, Adam Porsch from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who moderated the discussion. Was that rigged or what?
Amount: $105,000 given to the League of Education Voters in October, 2010 “to support raising awareness of educational attainment issues in King County”.
Like…Teach for America and charter schools.
Check out their blog. It is an advertisement for all things ed reform and all things that Bill Gates thinks is best for the rest of us.
And now for the icing on the cake.
Of course now the League of Education Voters (LEV) is touting Teach for America but I’ll get back to that in another post. The irony of this is that part of the “community engagement” that Teach for America did was to meet with the League of Education Voters! Teach for America, by the way, received $1,000,000 from the Gates Foundation in 2009. So much for “community engagement” that’s required.
Now I begin to wonder what certain board members like Michael DeBell, President of the Seattle School Board, and other members of the Executive Committee are getting out of this to ram through Teach for America without going to the community, meaning the parents and students, the real stakeholders, to get their buy-in.
More to follow on that.
For now, just know that Bill Gates is trying to buy us. He wants charter schools in our state, he wants to pull the strings and control how our children are educated. It doesn’t matter if we agree with his vision or not, he doesn’t care. He is bound and determined to get his way and will pay any price to get it.