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K12 Federal Department of Education is for sale.

College Board official in probe of SAT leak:
K12 Federal Department of Education makes money for education vendors.



  • $69.4 B in discretionary funding
  • $139.7 B new mandatory funding
  • "Education is a $700 plus billion a year industry" ~ John Walton

What is wrong
with that?


America's system of public schools is a bedrock of the Republic. Public institutions are provided for the general welfare of our communities NOT the private mercantile interests of its citizens.

Alfaro had contacted officials of seven state governments in recent months, accusing the College Board of making false claims about its tests when bidding for public contracts with the states. The College Board, he alleged, misled the states about the process it used to create questions for the new version of the SAT, resulting in an inferior exam. Reuters reported earlier this month ( that the news agency had obtained about 400 unpublished questions from the newly redesigned SAT exam, which debuted in March. Some experts said the leak constituted one of the most serious breaches of security ever to come to light in the standardized testing industry. Reuters reported previously that the SAT ( and its rival, the ACT, ( are being systematically gamed by test-prep operators in Asia. The SAT has proved particularly vulnerable to cheating because of its practice of reusing test questions. Test-preparation companies obtain previously administered questions that are scheduled for reuse and feed those questions to students, who can score higher by practicing on the exam items before the test.


Because these schools [owned by the Washington P0st's parent company, whose profits subsidize the Post] target low-income students, the vast majority of their income is derived from federal loans. Because there have been so many deceptive practices and defaults, the Federal Government has become much more aggressive about regulating these schools and now play a vital role in determining which ones can thrive and which ones fail.
Put another way, the company that owns The Washington Post is almost entirely at the mercy of the Federal Government and the Obama administration — the entities which its newspaper ostensibly checks and holds accountable. “By the end of 2010, more than 90 percent of revenue at Kaplan's biggest division and nearly a third of The Post Co.'s revenue overall came from the U.S. government.”
The Post Co.'s reliance on the Federal Government extends beyond the source of its revenue; because the industry is so heavily regulated, any animosity from the Government could single-handedly doom the Post Co.'s business — a reality of which they are well aware: The Post Co. realized there were risks attached to being dependent on federal dollars for revenue — and that it could lose access to that money if it exceeded federal regulatory limits.
“It was understood that if you fell out of grace [with the Education Department], your business might go away,” said Tom Might, who as chief executive of Cable One, a cable service provider that is owned by The Post Co., sat in at company-wide board meetings.
Beyond being reliant on federal money and not alienating federal regulators, the Post Co. desperately needs favorable treatment from members of Congress, and has been willing to use its newspaper to obtain it:
Graham has taken part in a fierce lobbying campaign by the for-profit education industry. He has visited key members of Congress, written an op-ed article for the Wall Street Journal and hired for The Post Co. high-powered lobbying firms including Akin Gump and Elmendorf Ryan, at a cost of $810,000 in 2010. The Post has also published an editorial opposing the new federal rules, while disclosing the interests of its parent company.
The Post is hardly alone among major media outlets in being owned by an entity which relies on the Federal Government for its continued profitability. NBC News and MSNBC were long owned by GE, and now by Comcast, both of which desperately need good relations with government officials for their profits. The same is true of CBS (owned by Viacom), ABC (owned by Disney), and CNN (owned by TimeWarner). For each of these large corporations, alienating federal government officials is about the worst possible move it could make — something of which all of its employees, including its media division employees, are well aware. But the Post Co.'s dependence is even more overwhelming than most.
How can a company which is almost wholly dependent upon staying in the good graces of the U.S. Government possibly be expected to serve as a journalistic “watchdog” over that same Government? The very idea is absurd.

Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded, and irregularly regulated.

Charter schools are bleeding money from traditional ones
$500 million or 7% of LA Unified school district's budget is lost to charter schools each year. The System prioritizes the growth opportunities for charter school operators.

For-profit college industry: prison time for the school's founder.

2016 Private for Profit School Bastards Caught Stealing from the Tax Payer
Andy Sheehan, Nick Trombetta, Pa. Cyber Charter School, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School - he will see jail!!!

Alejandro Amor, the founder of a college called FastTrain in South Florida, was sentenced last week to eight years in federal prison for fraud. Court papers say FastTrain, which closed down in 2012, engaged in deceptive advertising and pressure tactics, such as hiring former strippers to recruit for the school. Investigators found that the company forged signatures, enrolling people who were not qualified for college and more than 1,000 students who hadn't even finished high school. The school had collected some $35 million in student loans and federal financial aid.

K12 Department of Education Business Model Needs To Be Redesigned.

Andrew J. Coulson:
"free and competitive markets are superior to state-run school systems in meeting the public's goals."

1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure At the December 1913 meetings of the American Economic Association, the American Political Science Association, and the American Sociological Society, a joint committee of nine faculty members was constituted to consider and report on the questions of academic freedom and academic tenure, so far as these affect university positions in these fields of study. At the December 1914 meeting of these three associations a preliminary report on the subject was presented by the joint committee.
Academic Freedom: the view that university hiring and firing procedures shouldn't dance to the tune of an external constituency is absolutely mainstream and is the core of what academic freedom stands for. Examples help us to understand when academic freedom issues legitimately arise. They arise when the university either allows its professors to appropriate the classroom for non-academic purposes, or allows itself to be bought and become the wholly owned subsidiary of another enterprise.
he invocation of academic freedom is certainly to the point, the controversy at Florida State University over a gift given to the economics department in 2008 by a foundation funded by the ultra-conservative Koch brothers. The gift was given to support the creation of two new appointments. It is routine for corporations and foundations to underwrite or augment the funding of faculty appointments. (At Johns Hopkins I held a Kenan chair the support for which came from an oil fortune.) Sometimes the funds are provided without specifying a subject or a discipline; sometimes the gift is more targeted. This gift was very targeted; it was to support the teaching of free-market, anti-regulatory economics.
That's where the trouble begins.
Is the foundation funding the study of free-market economics — a perfectly respectable academic subject — or is it mandating that free-market economics be promoted in the classroom? Is it a gift intended to stimulate research the conclusions of which can not be known in advance, or is it a gift intended to amplify a conclusion — free-market economics is good; regulation is bad — the philanthropists have already reached and want to broadcast using Florida State University as a megaphone? If it is the second, Florida State University courts the danger the doctrine of academic freedom was designed to avoid (see the 1915 statement of the then fledgling AAUP), the danger of allowing an outside constituency to take control of academic proceedings and dictate academic decisions.
Evidence that a line may have been crossed is provided by the contract between the foundation and the university. Foundation representatives serve on the search committee and have the power to veto candidates. If the selected professors fail to perform in a manner the foundations approves, it will withdraw its support. This of course means that the foundation in effect monitors and assesses academic performance. On the other side, the faculty has the decisive voice in making appointments; it need not accept the candidates the foundation favors, and in fact the two who were finally hired were not on the foundation's preferred list, although we can presume the foundation did not find them objectionable.

Social Engineers and EducRATS





At 21 Bill Gates was arrested for speeding in his Porsch 911 and immediately posted bail from his wallet full of cash. He can buy anything including K12 Public Education!


How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution

On a summer day in 2008, Gene Wilhoit, director of a national group of state school chiefs, and David Coleman, an emerging evangelist for the standards movement, spent hours in Bill Gates's sleek headquarters near Seattle, trying to persuade him and his wife, Melinda, to turn their idea into reality. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn't just bankroll the development of what became known as the Common Core State Standards. With more than $200 million, the foundation also built political support across the country, persuading state governments to make systemic and costly changes. Bill Gates was de facto organizer, providing the money and structure for states to work together on common standards in a way that avoided the usual collision between states' rights and national interests that had undercut every previous effort, dating from the Eisenhower administration.

A Brief Audit of Bill Gates' Common Core Spending Years ago, Gates paid NGA to "rethink policies on teacher effectiveness." One man, lots of money, nationally shaping a profession to which he has never belonged.


6/9/14 Bill Gates Buys US Education! Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates' Coup ~ Diane Ravitch Research Professor of Education, New York University; Author, 'Reign of Error'

The story about Bill Gates' swift and silent takeover of American education is startling. His role and the role of the U.S. Department of Education in drafting and imposing the Common Core standards on almost every state should be investigated by Congress.
The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and -- working closely with the U.S. Department of Education -- impose new and untested academic standards on the nation's public schools is a national scandal. A Congressional investigation is warranted. The close involvement of Arne Duncan raises questions about whether the law was broken.
- Who knew that American education was for sale?
- Who knew that federalism could so easily be dismissed as a relic of history?
- Who knew that Gates and Duncan, working as partners, could dismantle and destroy state and local control of education?

The revelation that education policy was shaped by one unelected man, underwriting dozens of groups. and allied with the Secretary of Education, whose staff was laced with Gates' allies, is ample reason for Congressional hearings.

Will national standards improve test scores? There is no reason to believe so. Brookings scholar Tom Loveless predicted two years ago that the Common Core standards would make little or no difference. The biggest test-score gaps, he wrote, are within the same state, not between states. Some states with excellent standards have low scores, and some with excellent standards have large gaps among different groups of students.

High Stakes Testing:
George Bush is in favor of standardized testing, high-stakes testing.
Barack Obama is in favor of it.
What do you know that they don't?

Well, they don't actually send their kids to schools that use these exams. I've often said that actually, the MAP test boycott didn't start at my school at Garfield High School; in fact, it began at Lakeside High School, a school down the road, where Bill Gates went, where he sends his kids, because they never administered the exam, and they wouldn't do that to their own children, reduce teaching and learning to this score and teach to the test. Instead, they have a system called performance-based assessment that is far superior to high-stakes standardized tests. It's an incredible model which is much like when you get your PhD. For their kids? They want the arts. They want creativity and critical thinking taught in the classroom. But for our kids, they want this rote memorization, and that contradiction I think is what led to the MAP test boycott. And the MAP test boycott helped inspire an entire country as we saw more boycotts break out in the wake of ours across the nation. And yet Bill Gates has been very influential in pushing this testing regime. Absolutely. I mean, he's invested hundreds of millions of dollars, upwards of $200 million to implement the Common Core [curriculum] and the high-stakes test that are attached to it - the PARCC and Smarter Balanced [tests]. We've seen one man who uses his fortune and his wealth to manipulate and subvert the democratic process of education and to impose his will over the democratic will of the community.

WALTONS Control School Reform
Since 1983 when A Nation at Risk was published, John Wlaton began to look at K-12 and in dollar terms most of the Waltons' giving has gone toward primary education. The great bulk of that goes to school reform - vouchers and charter schools. School reform is driven by businesspeople, because, they want some of that money. "Education is a $700-plus-billion-a-year industry," John Walton says. "I'm Alice Walton, bitch!" She paid a fine and served no jail time. She is the richest women in the U.S. [teach for america] 479-464-1570
The largest single recipient of Walton foundation money in K-12 education has been the Children's Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization that John co-founded with Ted Forstmann, the colorful Wall Street buyout artist. More than 62,000 children in 38 cities and towns across the country have received scholarships from CSF. Parents have to pay at least 50% of tuition and children can receive scholarships of up to $1,900 per year. CSF's board is a bipartisan Who's Who, including Trent Lott, Henry Kissinger, Charles Rangel, and Tom Daschle, as well as Wall Street heavies like Julian Robertson and Stanley Druckenmiller and celebrities like Will Smith and Pat Riley. Brother Jim Walton is on the board too.

Public Relations = Propaganda

Distract the public from knowing the issues by simply saying the following

Bill Gate's emphasis on measuring outcomes from the Gates Foundation 2013 letter [1]:

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Over the holidays I read The Most Powerful Idea in the World, a brilliant chronicle by William Rosen of the many innovations it took to harness steam power. Among the most important were a new way to measure the energy output of engines and a micrometer dubbed the "Lord Chancellor," able to gauge tiny distances.Such measuring tools, Rosen writes, allowed inventors to see if their incremental design changes led to the improvements-higher-quality parts, better performance, and less coal consumption-needed to build better engines. Innovations in steam power demonstrate a larger lesson: Without feedback from precise measurement, Rosen writes, invention is "doomed to be rare and erratic." With it, invention becomes "commonplace."Starting around 1805, the “Lord Chancellor” micrometer, according to author William Rosen, was “an Excalibur of measurement, slaying the dragon of imprecision,” for inventors in the Industrial Revolution. (© Science Museum, London) Of course, the work of our foundation is a world away from the making of steam engines. But in the past year I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition. You can achieve amazing progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal-in a feedback loop similar to the one Rosen describes. This may seem pretty basic, but it is amazing to me how often it is not done and how hard it is to get right.
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Nobody questions the need for measurement in engineering, but when Mr Gates tried to apply the same logic to measuring teacher effectiveness [2] he received a lot of pushback from people who say his method is flawed [3,4] or simply that teaching effectiveness cannot be reliably measured. This is a controversial topic. Here is an interesting take on this subject from a book called Teaching as Leadership [5]:

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As we see modeled by these teachers, the less tangible nature of such longer term dispositions, mindsets, and skills does not mean they cannot be tracked and, in some sense, measured. In fact, if these ideas are going to be infused into a big goal, you must have a way to know that you are making progress toward them.Mekia Love, a nationally recognized reading teacher in Washington, D.C., sets individualized, quantifiable literacy goals for each of her students but also frames them in her broader vision of "creating lifelong readers." This is a trait she believes is a key to her students opportunities and fulfillment in life. In order for both Ms. Love and her students to track their progress toward creating lifelong readers, Ms. Love developed a system of specific and objective indicators (like students self-driven requests for books, students' own explanations of their interest in reading, the time students are engaged with a book.) By setting specific quantifiable targets for and monitoring each of those indicators, she was able to demonstrate progress and success on what would otherwise be a subjective notion. Strong teachers -- because they know that transparency and tracking progress add focus and urgency to their and their students efforts -- find a way to make aims like self-esteem, writing skills, "love of reading," or "access to high-performing high schools" specific and objective. These teachers -- like Ms. Love, Mr. Delhagen, and Ms. Jones -- ask themselves what concrete indicators of resilience or independence or "love of learning" they want to see in their students by the end of the year and work them into their big goals. In our experience, less effective teachers may sometimes assume that because a measurement system may be imperfect or difficult, then it must be wrong or impossible. As Jim Collins reminds us in his studies of effective for profit and nonprofit organizations: "To throw our hands up and say, But we cannot measure performance in the social sectors the way you can in a business is simply lack of discipline. All indicators are flawed, whether qualitative or quantitative. Test scores are flawed, mammograms are flawed, crime data are flawed, customer service data are flawed, patient outcome data are flawed. What matters is not finding the perfect indicator, but settling upon a consistent and intelligent method of assessing your output results, and then tracking your trajectory with rigor."

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A comprehensive documentary record of The Department of Education does not yet exist as an available resource. From Eisenhower to Obama.

There is no constitutional authority for the federal government's involvement in school curriculum, teacher qualifications or spending and studies upon studies have show that public office-holders tend to make decisions that favor those who have helped finance their elections to office.


K12 Philanthropy that Shapes Education Reform Policy
Undisclosed Stealthy Money used for their own gains.

Americans gave away $217 billion in 2009


Wrong Question, Wrong Answer Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates
.... For years, Bill Gates focused his education philanthropy on overhauling large schools and opening small ones. His new strategy is more ambitious: overhauling the nation's education policies. To that end, the foundation worth almost $34 billion in 2012 is financing educators to pose alternatives to union orthodoxies on issues like the seniority system and the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers.
In some cases, Mr. Gates is creating entirely new advocacy groups. The foundation is also paying Harvard-trained data specialists to work inside school districts, not only to crunch numbers but also to change practices. It is bankrolling many of the Washington analysts who interpret education issues for journalists and giving grants to some media organizations.

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, attended the Lakeside School, Seattle, Washington.

Does A Higher Ed Degree Get You That Job?

Google will not even interview (beyond phone screens) people without a four-year degree. Microsoft has many people without any degree, and it's not a problem,unless you want to work in the Research division or a few other specialized areas. A lot of people have worked at Microsoft for almost seven years with only a high school diploma and got hired "the hard way". They mailed a resume to 1 Microsoft Way in Redmond, had a phone screen with a recruiter, then a phone screen with a manager, survived a whole day of in-person interviews (they even fly you in from the city where you live), and then they hire you, moving your family and all of your belongings to Washington State.
Since the Microsoft layoffs (in 2003) shows that having that
experience on your resume has opened many doors and has also led to several groups willing to bring you back to the company.

A higher level degree buys programming jobs that use higher level math or science. Some examples are machine learning for data mining (really hot right now), computer vision (uses upper level calculus, fourier transforms), computational science, bayesian statistics for "business analytics" or systems design, bioinformatics (algorithms, biology and chemistry, really hot right
now), physics game engines for gaming. There's also higher level math for computer science, such as formal methods to design new architecture for parallel programming or design compilers that take advantage of parallel architectures. This is not to say someone with a BS couldn't do these jobs, but recruiters do look for someone who has a specific skill or at second best enough math/science background to bootstrap in. It matters for government jobs; pay scales are based on degree plus experience, and some jobs have basic requirements of advanced degrees.

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Why Attend Foundations on the Hill?

With a new Congress convening in January, it is critical that elected officials hear from their foundation constituents. By attending Foundations on the Hill, you can develop or strengthen your relationships with your members of Congress and share your views on the latest charitable legislation. Peers of Congress are most influenced when constituents from their states or districts advance a cause on behalf of themselves and their national organizations. A meeting in Washington shows an extra level of dedication and commitment to that cause.
Foundations on the Hill is open to trustees, executives and staff of 1) grant making foundations and 2) regional associations of grant makers. While Foundations on the Hill is open to both Council/Forum members or nonmembers, your organization must be eligible to be a member of the Council or Forum. The Council and Forum will provide all of the tools you need to make your meetings successful. Sample meeting request letters, congressional contact information, talking points, issue papers. Council and Forum staff will work to connect you with your regional association's delegation or other foundation representatives from your state. Before your arrival, you can keep up with the latest legislative and regulatory developments affecting foundations by subscribing to the Council's Policy Update. And when you arrive in Washington, DC, you can attend a legislative briefing/training session that will prepare you for your congressional meetings.

Steve Gunderson, President and CEO, Council on Foundations Arlington, VA National nonprofit association of approximately 2,000 grant making foundations and corporations. Follow and Follow Members
I believe that our future will be defined less by the partisan makeup of Congress than by a movement in society that is concerned about the size of, and borrowing by, our public sectors. The key question we face is, "What is the role of philanthropy when our governments are both broke and broken?"

Do you have a key contact? Let us know about your relationships with members of Congress so we can contact you in critical and timely situations when it involves your key contact. Public Policy Update:Start building relationships w/ the 112th Congress and write your legislators today! Take action @ contact Chatrane Birbal (703/879-0689)

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K12 Education Philanthropy that Shapes Education Reform Policy

In fact the CCC did a better job with literacy than the Department of Education which should have been shut them down in 1945. People realized their gov't jobs were in jeopardy so the department of education mounted a campaign to kill off the CCC and they did. Sadly for America they won the battle - we still have the incompetent department of noneducation.

There is a very thin line between an Economist and a Criminal.

President Ronald Reagan offered a campaign promise to eliminate the newly created department and continued with the pledge in his State of the Union address. His proposed budget was structured to dismantle the department, but it never happened.

Then Conservative economist Milton Friedman schemed to allow the privatizing of public schools. The government narrative [story] was "forcing them to adopt market forces would make them work better". The real goal was to break the unions, raid the commons and give the half-trillion dollars a year that America spends on education to private corporations. Friedman wanted "limited government" which simply meant removing any government oversight of corporations.

There was no on left in government to protect the interests of the people, of the commonwealth, from the endless greed of corporations. President George W. Bush's budget offered huge increases in federal education spending and his whole family made lots and lots of money.

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"The Mores
of Commerce"

Who Are The Educates? The players who set Policy.

|FINANCIAL LITERACY| The Department of Education is still run by the EduCRATS

They are the Same Foundations during 1920, 1950, and are now involved with launching the Department of Education Foundation Registry i3 funding incubators.

Bill Gates, and Arne Duncun in 2010 push "privatization" and In politics, money talks when large amounts are given to campaign funds.

Creativity is the least important,
most important attribute and totally absent
in Federal Department of Education. ~ Karen Ellis

Never forget that Steve Jobs famously hatched an illegal anti-poaching scheme. The rich and powerful want to stay that way, and they do it via collusion.

Who has smarter children the USA or CHINA?

Larry Ellison (June 2004): Steve Jobs is the most brilliant person in our industry, and what is most remarkable about Steve, I think, is his incredible aesthetic sense. He has the mind of an engineer and the heart of an artist — that's a very unusual combination, an enormous advantage when you do consumer products.


Look at the iPod... I think the iPod is a beautiful design and I think the iMac is a brilliant design. He's done a tremendous amount of innovation on the integration of hardware design and software design. [ THE APPLE DESIGN PROCESS ]

Bill Gates knows what it takes to make money.
What does Bill Gates know about Education?


Bill Gates (May 2007): …We build the products that we want to use ourselves. And so he's [Steve Jobs] really pursued that with incredible taste and elegance that has had a huge impact on the industry. And his ability to always come around and figure out where that next bet should be has been phenomenal. Apple literally was failing when Steve went back and re-infused the innovation and risk- taking that have been phenomenal.

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This agenda does not focus on anything to do with education and all to do with making money.

TBG Digital CEO Simon Mansell said that the CPM rise indicates that “Facebook has done a good job growing the money it makes from ads”. Sponsored Stories have been a particular success. These social ads which promote the interactions of a user's friends with brands allows Facebook to earn more money while offering a lower cost per click because it doesn't have to show an ad as many times to get a click, and can sell that real estate elsewhere.

Why You Can Lobby
Foundation officials often believe they can not participate in Foundations on the Hill or District Days because the law does not permit them to lobby.

While Congress has placed restrictions on foundations in terms of lobbying for legislation, this does not mean that grant makers cannot speak to an elected official. Foundations are also allowed to lobby directly on "self-defense" issues - issues that might affect the foundation's existence, powers, duties, exempt status, etc. The Council and the Forum encourage foundations to build relationships with congressional offices by educating them about the value of foundations. Many members of Congress and their staff are unaware of the role foundations play in their districts. Foundations on the Hill and District Days are great opportunities to explain your foundation's mission and work and to demonstrate its importance to your lawmaker's constituents. Below are some additional resources on relationship building and the exceptions to the lobbying restrictions.

Top 10 Ways Private Foundations Can Influence Public Policy

How The Teaparty Does It.

What the Law Allows
Troyer, Thomas A. and Robert A. Boisture. Caplin and Drysdale Foundation News and Commentary, Volume 38. No. 3, May/June 1997.