The following is my tirade, a not-so-trenchant comment on Seattle Education blog’s analysis of Charter School Bill 1240 and the 0.01%.
Why are you so stubbornly aloof?! Charter school plutocrat Michael E. Wolf is NOT the same as the (former) Yahoo! Inc. board of directors Michael J. Wolf! Plutocrat Michael is my former fiancé so I should know. Anne Dinning has no association with Yahoo! Michael J. Wolf. She’s with my Michael. My Michael wasn’t always a plutocrat. He was nice when he was mine. Via The Washington Post, before Jeff Bezos bought it, Bill Gates, other billionaires funding charter effort in Washington state:
At No. 8 is the fabulously wealthy Anne Dinning, a powerhouse at the hedge fudge [sic] giant D.E. Shaw & Co., who gave $250,000, as did her husband, Michael Wolf, for a total of half a million for the couple. They live in New York. Wolf is No. 10 on the list.
(Tip: They aren’t married.) I want to help you, but you and Melissa Westbrook and the statistical lady, Mercedes Deutsch, won’t even acknowledge me! At least Diane Ravitch does, occasionally. I keep leaving comments on all y’all’s blogs, since 2011, but zilch! No acknowledgement. Am I not good enough for you? I graduated from Swarthmore College! I majored in math!
Mathematics, that reminds me: All this “STEM education as crisis” is more subterfuge, a way of exploiting American labor. It is part of the privatization agenda. IEEE knows, see The STEM Crisis is a Myth. But you’ll just delete this, again…
WHY don’t the good teachers’ unions, the members, not the corrupt leadership, ally with Governors Bobby Jindal and Patrick McCrory, of Louisiana and North Carolina, respectively? These GOP governors do NOT want Common Core, nor do they endorse publicly funded private charter schools and the attendant lack of financial accountability.
ProPublica inveighs against the Koch Brothers, but if one digs deeper, acknowledges the truth,
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican… has tried to step in where the legislature has not. At his urging, the State Board of Education has gone beyond what the law requires and is requiring schools to submit salary information for employees of charter-management companies — numbers that [Baker] Mitchell believes should be private.
Baker Mitchell thoroughly berates Governor McCrory, says he’s stifling education innovation, praises the wisdom of Arne Duncan (“The basic idea is to have lean, efficient schools free of much of the burdensome regulatory bureaucracy that may have been hampering success in traditional school”) then questions the need for transparency at all:
The North Carolina Symphony corporation has received over $16 million in public funds. The Governors Institute for Substance Abuse has received over $12 million. Why aren’t these private nonprofit corporations subject to the same “transparency” as you are requesting for private nonprofit corporations that control charter schools? They all receive public funding. Then they should be treated equally. Right, Governor?
If those other organizations were associated with massive fraud and diversion of public funds, as so many charter schools are, then yes, financial disclosure to authorities DOES seem warranted. However, they aren’t, but NC’s charter schools, like so many other states (including New York) are a morass of public funds diversion and mismanagement at the taxpayer’s expense, and to children’s detriment.