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EducRats Privatize education

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EDUCATION REFORM IS A BRANDand part of the Value Chain.

The whole "Education Value Chain" exceeds 600 Billion Dollars

of your tax money

The one thing the Politicians can agree on is how to make money by selling out public education (OUR COMMONWEALTH) to private industry (their friends).

Why Trump’s Education Pick Won’t Be Able to Privatize U.S. Schools

The EducRATS


How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution

Academic and classroom markets are profoundly different than business and workplace markets. Employers most want the people who have the skills they need, and don't care about the degree. Corrupt Globalized Corporate Greed has eviscerated the commonwealth and the middle class.

Money is not the only thing keeping first-generation students from seeking degrees.
All Norwegians have the same tuition-free access to college, no matter what their backgrounds. Every student gets the same allowance for living expenses. Even though tuition is almost completely free here, Norwegians whose parents did not go to college are just as unlikely to go themselves as Americans whose parents did not go to college. Even though it’s essentially free — only 14 percent of children from the least-educated families in Norway go to college, compared to 58 percent of children from the most-educated families, according to an analysis.
Fully 1/3 of 5 - to 17 year olds in the U.S have parents who did not go to college. Only 13% of children of parents without higher educations end up getting degrees themselves. Children of parents who didn’t go to college don’t go to college themselves.

Virtual schools as a whole are often cited for poor academic performance.

A 2015 national study found that students in these schools who receive no instruction from an “in-person teacher” showed academic results in math equivalent of what would be expected if a student skipped 180 days of school. The deficiency in reading was reported to be the equivalent of 72 days of school. Virtual charter schools, which collectively receive more than $1 billion in taxpayer money each year, are rarely shut down.

Betsy DeVos, the Michigan billionaire tapped by President-elect Donald Trump as his nominee for education secretary. Her husband, Dick DeVos, listed on a financial disclosure form in 2006 that he and his wife owned K12 stock. The nonprofit organization she runs, the American Federation for Children, lists K12 on its website among organizations that support school choice. Enrollment at the schools K12 manages almost quadrupled from 2008 through 2015. California’s online charter schools — run by K12 —  have “a dismal record of academic achievement” but have won more than $310 million in state funding over the past dozen years.

K12 is a member of the American Exchange Legislative Council, known as ALEC, a controversial group that advances model legislation about numerous issues, including at least 139 bills to promote private for-profit education models since 2013.

Virtual school operator K12 Inc. faces challenge from stockholders demanding transparency.
Virginia-based K12 Inc. is the largest operator of for-profit charter schools in the country and is a national leader in running online full-time public schools in numerous states. The company should be required to publicly disclose details about its lobbying efforts in various states. {“K12 Inc.runs effective lobbying efforts in more than 20 states”}

Natasha Lamb, managing partner at Arjuna Capital, said in a statement: “K12 Inc.would probably get failing marks on its results, but it absolutely flunks when it comes to transparency.  K12 is dependent on taxpayer dollars, yet there is neither transparency nor accountability to taxpayers, students, or investorsThe academic outcomes are troubling, and investor returns have suffered.  Shareholders need to understand how K12 Inc is using investor dollars to lobby for what appears to be a failing business model.”

The full text of the Arjuna Capital shareholder resolution.
The new shareholder effort is being led by Bertis Downs,  a public school advocate in Athens, Ga., who spent his career providing legal counsel and managing the rock group R.E.M., and who bought K12 stock a few years ago. Asked why he is taking this action, Downs said in an email: My motivation in filing for this disclosure of K-12’s lobbying activities stems from my overall curiosity and interest as a parent and a shareholder in knowing more about what lobbying is done, whether through ALEC or directly, that leads to the so-called “education reform” laws being passed all over the country.
How much does the company spend and how do they spend it and what results do they get for it? And is any of that good for meaningful teaching and learning in our schools? And is it good for the company and its shareholders?
Arjuna Capital shareholder resolution asks that K12 prepare an annual report showing: Company policy and procedures governing lobbying, both direct and indirect, and grass-roots lobbying communications. Payments by K12 used for (a) direct or indirect lobbying or (b) grass-roots lobbying communications, in each case including the amount of the payment and the recipient. K12’s membership in and payments to any tax-exempt organization that writes and endorses model legislation. Description of the decision-making process and oversight by management and the board for making lobbying payments.

Best overview of the Moneychangers in the K12 Temple of Education I've read.
This article does well in documenting the present state of American education. I can't help but draw some comparisons to a previous event in American history.
I'm referring to the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892 in Homestead, Penn. Financial giant of the day, Andrew Carnegie, used his significant corporate influence to not only lock-out several thousand workers, but he succeeded in breaking the union at the same time. How was this accomplished? When initial efforts to funnel in "Pinkerton detectives" to take over the fenced-in plant failed, Carnegie got the governor of Pennsylvania to bring in 8,000 state militia to effectively do all the dirty work for him. New non-union workers in, old union workers out.
10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America by Steven M. Gillon is the book that highlighted the Homestead strike as one of its ten events. In his epilogue about the event, the author notes

"Workers believed it was the responsibility of government to protect community standards and quality of life. Management believed that government should enforce the property rights of business leaders like Andrew Carnegie. The state's response to Homestead clearly established that Carnegie's rights clearly outweighed the general rights of any residents of Homestead. Any hope of creating a working class democracy in America died on that bloody July day in Pennsylvania."

No, we haven't had blood in the streets over education reform. However, the basic idea that money talks and everything (one) else can take a hike is a constant universal truth. The union busting tactics facing today's teachers----denuding collective bargaining rights, ending seniority, merit pay, evaluations based up single instance testing---just happen to be subtler forms of achieving the same end Carnegie sought 120 years ago in a different era with a totally different industry. Unions then and now were an impediment to corporate profits.
The key in the C&L article is the author's reference to AEI's Rick Hess's comments about the five or six year window of opportunity while states and localities are struggling to deal with school funding. Schools have found it next to impossible to free themselves from federal dependency for a mere 8 to 10% of their funds over the past several decades. Now facing budgets losses of 20% or more due to state cut backs, the Carnegies of our time (Gates, Walton, Koch) can spin their magic. People will listen, and many people will demand their presence at the table because of what they bring----capital. ~ Max Fischer

Higher Education University Inc. Campus Commercialization and The CEO Salary Explained. Executive Compensation The Million-Dollar President, Soon to Be Commonplace.


The University of Virginia

Teresa Sullivan fired from UVA: What happens when universities are run by robber barons. - Slate Magazine

The University of Virginia appears to be part and parcel of the continuing corporatization of American higher education, one of the two great outside forces remaking academia at the moment (the other is the standards-ization imposed by federal and states government). The wedge through which this pressure comes is the increasing reliance on donor money of American colleges and universities. That money comes largely from successful alums, with those in business the dominant voice. Many of those donors want to bring the lessons of business to the world of academia and, with their millions, can frequently insist on it.
This process is helped by the cultural obsession with the market that infuses the US. “Market forces” are a supreme adjudicator for Americans, both ordinary and elite alike: “The Market as God,” as Harvey Cox put it. There are few institutions, organizations, or people in America who can escape being subject to the cold breath of market discipline at some time or another.

UVa Professor Bill Wulf Resigns
Professor Bill Wulf says the Board of Visitors has gone too far and continues to ignore the cries from the faculty. He says resigning is a direct result of their actions.

The Corporatization of U.Va.
Reporters in Charlottesville and at the Washington Post have done a great job of covering the scandal, and you should read their work for a fuller picture of what's going on at the University of Virginia. What they found is that--far from incompetence or mismanagement--Sullivan's sin was that she acted as a university  administrator and not as a business person. As reported by the Post, one of the complaints was that she refused to cut "obscure" and low-revenue programs like Classics and German, and rejected a plan to bring online education to the university. In general, her opponents felt that she was too incremental, too ensconced in academic culture, and too unwilling to bring top-down, corporate-style governance to the university. And so, in the quest for dramatic "change," Dragas had her removed.
For as much as this has been described as "remarkable" and "unprecedented," I can't help but see it as the microcosm of a dynamic playing out in our politics and across our public institutions. The constant denigration of government and public service, coupled with the often unjustified veneration of business, has led to a world where successful capitalists are privileged in all discussions. In an earlier time, we understood that the values and priorities of the market weren't universally applicable; of course you wouldn't run a university like a business. It has different goals, serves different constituencies, and more important, has a broad obligation to serve the public.

Little Rock AK
In Little Rock, the state is acting with the Waltons and Tea Party types, and managed to take over the third largest school district. They promptly eliminated the union and set back the teaching environment several decades. The largest newspaper is part of the Powerful People, so the letter below was published in a free paper called Arkansas Times.
Unjust Union Busting
Some powerful people busted PACT, one of the state's largest education unions. The union drew the ire of a fundamental few for offering teachers a defense against arbitrary dismissal, and fighting for such things as pay for extra duty, livable salaries, safe, clean working conditions, flexible leave, competitive insurance coverage and a host of other things. All the good that the union achieved through expensive struggles will be taken away at the whim of the powerful few.
The expenses of the union in the fight for better conditions were paid from the pockets of teachers. The administration used tax money by the buckets to fight the union and keep teachers in their submissive places. The current action against teachers is taken under the guise of fixing a district in financial distress.
The deadly blow to most of the teachers in Pulaski County has the backing of the state Education Department and minions of single-minded supporters. The reason "most" instead of "all" was used in the previous sentence is that the other side has enlisted some teachers as rubber stamps. Those teachers form a committee that interacts with the administration in decisions affecting the district. They were selected in a contrived election about as fair as what takes place in some third-world communist countries. Just like those countries, the powerful few delight in using unsuspecting members of the working class to do their dirty work.
Please understand that the better working conditions achieved by the union were not the cause of the Pulaski County School District financial woes, but rather the money troubles resulted from abuse and poor management of the administration. Much of this wrongful mismanagement was described in newspapers and on television news because concerned citizens and the union brought it out in the open. It is doubtful that all the wrongs have been made public. Watch for the budget reports of the Pulaski County School District because there is a good reason to believe that it will end the year with millions in surplus.
If that happens, then the teachers will have lost their right to fairly bargain because of a ruse tactfully planted by the powerful few. Teachers will now work in deplorable conditions, but most will continue to do their best because that is the nature of a teacher. It is a shame there is no way for the powerful few to spend a few weeks in the classroom because if that happened, their adversarial attitude would assuredly change, or at least they would be considerably more charitable. Do not believe them qualified to care if some reminisce about previous classroom experience. They have not been in a current classroom for any length of time and most could not tolerate the present conditions because they are not teachers. ~ Richard Emmel


CONTROL The intersection between Government (Dept. of Ed), Politicians, their friends, Global Corporate Media, and Global Industry:

2010 Revenue multiples in the Education Industry continued their strong upward trend, rising 38% to 1.8, which represents a 200% growth from the low of 0.6 in 1st Half 2009.

Remember corporate greed brought you slavery, sweatshops and ghettos -

Organized Labor brought you the weekend, health care, and retirement benefits.




EDUCRATS In his 1905 dissertation for Columbia Teachers College, Elwood Cubberly the future Dean of Education at Stanford wrote that schools should be factories "in which raw products, children, are to be shaped and formed into finished products... manufactured like nails, and the specifications for manufacturing will come from government and industry."

Wall Street Meltdown - America is suffering in a Depression. The only sure source of money is FROM THE TAX PAYER VIA GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS OR GRANTS. Corporations donate money to the politicians campaign, they are elected, and the Corporate lobbyists get their financial pay back.

Culture of Corruption and Cheating Politicians make money off of the business of education and get away huge profits from the tax payer without educating anyone. (AASA) The American Association of School Administrators released a code of ethical conduct .




The Department of Education are the political appointments the former business CEO's, Economists, Policy Wonks and EDUCRATS who write the checks that finance the politicians who can award the tax payers money to their business to produce the "products" that Industry wants.

The EducRATS from Wall Street, University, Government Stories are used to market "reform" creating a customer - driven education system to buy education vendor products.

How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? By PAUL KRUGMAN 9/2/09

EducRATS chasing slave labor around the world so who needs training when there are no jobs, right? Education is really only for the Elites. WHO'S YOUR DADDY

Media - Business Journalists are cozy with Wall Street and Government, so they don't report the truth.

Public Institutions and Agencies Weaken the Trust of the Public.
Media Literacy: These gigantic media corporations are not going to do anything to threaten their relationships with their biggest advertisers and are always going to express the ideological viewpoints of their owners.

The Richest 1% "The Mores of Commerce"

Educators, believe in creativity and focus on what the myriad wonders that students can learn. Educrats care about making money, not about educating anyone.


Who Are The Educates?

The players who set k12 Education Policy.

They are the Same Foundations during 1920, 1950, and now in 2010 are involved with launching the Department of Education Foundation Registry i3 funding incubators. In politics, money talks when large amounts are given to campaign funds.

The Department of Education is run by whoever the President wants to annoint and appoint. Citizens don't vote for these people. The person selected is always about business, research, collecting data, tests, and who to give money too. People who work there are University trained accountants, economists, and people who have owned education businesses. It is not run by teachers. They want to "study" everything and decide where to spend the money, and who to give the money to, nothing about any of this is related to the education of children. It is easy to see all the data they spend their careers collecting at the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System . If you ever want to understand what's wrong with the Department of Education all you need to do is look at this website.

The Players


Gates: $37 billion, Rockefeller, Harris, Carneige, Ford, Robertson, Wallace, Walton, Milken (he's been involved with government programs/Scams before

In a paper by Angela C. Siqueira presented to the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society called "The World Bank New Discourse and the 1999 Education Strategy", secret documentation is examined that already describes global education policies that will be applied to education initiatives around the world that eerily predict the form and deployment of NCLB in America.



Earhart Foundation Their secrete money promotes their agenda.
In a 2004 article for Philanthropy, a journal published by the conservative Philanthropy Roundtable, Martin Davis highlights the foundation's support for economists:

"For economists, one pinnacle stands above all others — the Nobel Prize".


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

Standardized tests - nobody knows how to write standardized, machine-scoreable test questions that say how well a kid can think. Nobody. A nation of good test-takers is not necessarily a well-educated nation. The human brain doesn't make sense of experience by clicking between school subjects. In the real world, everything connects to everything, and the connections are at least as important as the facts being connected.
The public core of what being a citizen of democracy is should be decided by us. Not decided by the Rich educRATS who endow the University gravy train, or the government program who is lobbyied by the connected, and feeds private enterprise: but a citizen-led discussion about the common purposes of education in a democracy.


2010 Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

American Historical Association now carries out the 1920's Carnegie Foundation goals that will change how history is taught in America.
In 1954 the Reece Committee,chaired by Carroll B. Reece, produced its findings regarding the influence of tax-exempt foundations in the field of education.*
The report also briefly mentions their influence in politics, propaganda, social sciences and international affairs. The Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and others were discussed during the Committee hearings. Programs of social engineering designed to acclimate the people to globalist policy and goals, combined with pushes for global governance have been pushed on the American people for almost 100 years.

The Same Foundations during 1920, 1950, and now in 2010 are involved with lauching the Department of Education Foundation Registry i3


2010 JPMorgan Chase & Co. has announced a $325 million effort to support the building, expansion, and renovation of charter schools, $50 million to community-development institutions that support charter schools, and $175 million in debt-financing and $100 million in "new markets tax-credit equity" for charters. JPMorgan Chase's plan is a way for the bank to make money from public education rather than provide charity to it. For the $100 million that the bank is providing in "new markets tax-credit equity,"gives JPMorgan a tax credit through a federal program that lets taxpayers receive credits against income taxes for qualified investments in designated community-development entities. The credit for the investor equals 39 percent of the cost of the investment, and is claimed over seven years. Essentially, it amounts to a loan they're making money from the government because they're able to offset these funds with this tax credit.

Daria Hall, Director of K-12 Policy Development at The Education Trust was Client Services Assistant at Texas Legislative Council
The Education Trust, 1250 H Street, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005   Tel: 202/293-1217 Fax: 202/293-2605 These foundations support the work of The Education Trust:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York

MetLife Foundation
State Farm Companies Foundation
State Farm: Company Grants
State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of communities by giving in three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence (education). Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations; Canadian charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities. Deadline: October 31, 2010.
Washington Mutual Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Walter B. Hewlett
Walter S. Johnson Foundation - Walter S. Johnson III,
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Hastings/Quillin Fund
The Joyce Foundation
Lumina Foundation for Education
Karen & Christopher Payne Family Foundation
The Wallace Foundation


1999 controlling the education of students everywhere with a uniform and politically correct curriculum of compliance and servitude is obvious to international observers. Make way for the New World Order that will be governed by an unelected global elite with their self-created legal framework.
1973 David Rockefeller founded the Trilateral Commission: World Shadow Government. To put it simply, Trilateralists are saying: The people, governments and economies of all nations must serve the needs of multinational banks and corporations.

Contracts and Federal Spending -- Major Contracting Agency is the Dept. of Education



Government - The Feds - The State - Dept. of Education
ED Industry



Congress and President Barack Obama eliminate private banks from the federal student loan program in favor of having the federal government lend directly to students.

U.S. Department of Education's $650 million fund to boost education innovation. Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, said it is easier than ever for schools to use new ideas and products because of increasing Internet connectivity, cheaper technology and the growing use of hard data to measure outcomes. "The shift toward evidence as the currency for education ... will make it a much more rational market," Shelton said. "It will be much easier for entrepreneurs to prove that what they have is what people should be spending time and money on."

The State PEPPM State Cooperative Purchasing Statutes
Many states have statutes regarding intergovernmental relations or joint powers agreements that address cooperative purchasing by public agencies or governmental units. Click on the State Cooperative Purchasing Statutes link to review such statutes for your state. (800) 636-3779.

The Mission: The Education Market
Take money away from public education, from the commons, and send the Tax Payers money to the University who owns the incubator and a piece of whatever the education entrepreneur develops within it's walls. Make Money selling technology and products to school districts.

For-profit colleges and the Education Industry
Public subsidies may provide up to 90% of revenue; the government bears the risk of loan defaults. Online classroom enrolment jumped by 225% between 1998 to 2008, more than seven times the rate for all post-secondary programs. In 2008-09 $24 billion in Pell grants and federal loans went to for-profit colleges. In 2009 the average yearly tuition was about $14,000, compared with $2,500 at a community college.

2010 Federal statistics show K-12 schools and degree-granting institutions spend more than $1 trillion on education annually. The K-12 market is fragmented. There are 15,000 school districts with often cumbersome purchasing processes.
Projections of Education Statistics to 2013




Taxes: The national average is 10.8 percent paid to the state For every $100 of income received according to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2007-08. The State then will give some of that money to your State Department of Education who in turn will give some to every school district. However if the child stops going to the public and elects to go to the charter school or virtual school the money follows the child. It doesn't stay with the school district. The school district will go bankrupt eventually. All the state money the commonwealth will go into private bank accounts. This is how they privatize education.
With less tax revenue, this means that state and local governments spend less too, even on the most important governmental function of all — educating our children. According to data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2007-08 state and local governments spent as little as $5 billion supporting some state's public schools — or $7,683 per pupil. The national average for that year, though, was $10,297 per pupil. Education funding averaged 4.15 percent of state personal income.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan said today that they're hiring Jim Shelton named head of education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he will oversee what could total billions of dollars ...

Feds / Dept. of Ed. Jim Shelton
Now working for the President Obama- Dept. of Ed - Office of Innovation and Improvement. Jim Shelton WAS the assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, managing a portfolio that included most of the Department's competitive teacher quality, school choice and learning technology programs, housed in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. Shelton has led education efforts at the Gates Foundation and was president of an education technology company before signing on to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Zuckerberg says Shelton will focus on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's two educational priorities:technology-enabled personalized learning that allows K-12 students to learn in their own way and at their own pace and reaching underserved communities to remove "barriers to success for the most vulnerable kids," such as poverty and illness. connection
Assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, managing a portfolio that includes most of the Department's competitive teacher quality, school choice and learning technology programs, housed in the Previously, he served as a program director for the education division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, managing the foundation's national programs and work in the northeast region of the United States.
Shelton has also been a partner and the East Coast lead for NewSchools Venture Fund and co-founded LearnNow, a school management company that later was acquired by Edison Schools. He spent over four years as a senior management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Atlanta, Ga., where he advised CEOs and other executives on issues related to corporate strategy, business development, organizational design, and operational effectiveness. Upon leaving McKinsey, he joined Knowledge Universe, Inc., where he launched, acquired and operated education-related businesses.

EXAMPLE: Gov't Grant money given to private education business.
Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants to Non-State Educational
Agencies for Planning, Program Design, and Implementation and
for Dissemination (Federal Register: July 26, 2010 [CFDA# 84.282B and 84.282C])
Purpose of Program: The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model and to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools, and to evaluate the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff, and parents. The non-State educational agency (non-SEA) grants for planning, program design, and implementation, and non-SEA grants for dissemination provide funds for these purposes to eligible applicants in States in which the SEA does not have an approved application under the CSP.
Applications Available: July 26, 2010.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 25, 2010.
Eligible Applicants: (a) Planning and Initial Implementation grants (CFDA number 84.282B): Non-SEA eligible applicants in States with a State statute specifically authorizing the establishment of charter schools and in which the SEA elects not to participate in the CSP or does not have an application approved under the CSP. (b) Dissemination grants (CFDA number 84.282C): Charter schools, as defined in section 5210(1) of the ESEA, in States in which the SEA elects not to participate in the CSP or does not have an application approved under the CSP.
Estimated Available Funds: $3,000,000.
Estimated Range of Awards: $140,000-$200,000 per year.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $175,000 per year.
Estimated Number of Awards: 15-21.

Additional information is available online at:

The New Hampshire Department of Education will be getting a federal grant to help expand charter schools in the state. But officials don't know yet how much the grant will be for. The state applied for $11.6 million. Charter schools operate with more organizational flexibility than traditional schools.



Digital Diploma Mills

Doug Lynch, Vice Dean Graduate School of Education University of Pennsylvania
All he knows about is how to help Executives make money in Education
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215.573.5022
NEST, for Networking Ed entrepreneurs for Social Transformation — would identify promising businesses and give them financial and logistical support, such as access to capital, work space and university expertise. Penn, an Ivy League university in Philadelphia, has already held two summits on education entrepreneurship and hosted its first business plan competition, sponsored by the school and the MILKEN JUNK BOND SCANDAL FAMILY FOUNDATION MILKEN AND BUSH TEXAS EDUCATION SCANDAL.


Doug helped start one of the country's first charter schools, the Genesis Academy.

Julia Rosen, associate vice president for innovation and entrepreneurship at Arizona State b SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, BUSINESS INCUBATOR over 25 companies from 11 countries. In her new role, she will be responsible for expanding the university's national and international reach, connecting global businesses with SkySong and furthering ASU's ventures. Rosen previously was Manager of Business Development for ASU's technology transfer office, where she launched several new technology transfer initiatives including a "proof-of-concept" investment fund, entrepreneurial education for faculty, investor relations, assistance to startup companies, and community outreach and alliance-building.



Michael Cohen, president of Achieve, total policy wonk - no teaching credentials at all - started on school standards, curriculum, assessments and accountability then on to the Core Standards so that more money can be spent on TESTING. ASSESSMENT CHARTER SCHOOLS, VIRTUAL SCHOOLS
Convicted Gambler and former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett sweeps through the United States with his own business called

Kim Smith co-founder CEO of Bellwether Education Partners
Founding team members include Andrew Rotherham, Mary Wells and Monisha Lozier. Rotherham is the co-founder of influential independent think tank Education Sector, as well as one of the most respected national writers and thought leaders on education reform, as author of the popular blog who also writes regularly for U.S. News & World Report and other publications.
Founder of NewSchools Venture Fund, which invests in education businesses. The NewSchools Venture Fund is a non-profit venture philanthropy fund that invests in educational entrepreneurship projects at the K-12 levels in United States public schools.1998 - 2001 $20 million fund that supported nine organizations, primarily addressing key leverage areas within the context of standards, accountability and choice. NewSchools offers expertise and administrative support as well funding, both through Charter Acelerator Fund, which helps establish charter school systems, and through its Performance Accelerator Fund, which supports entrepreneurial projects in established school systems. The organization invests in both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, focusing its portfolio on projects that have the potential to benefit underserved children.

Bill and Melinda Gates
They got $22 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help develop additional charter schools

  • * Charter Management Organizations (CMOs): aligned nonprofit systems of charter schools
  • * School Support Organizations: organizations that provide additional infrastructure to schools to bolster their operational, academic and administrative functions
  • * Accountability and Performance Tools: organizations that provide technology tools, formative assessments, and professional development needed to dramatically improve the quality of instruction
  • * Human Capital: ventures that promote outstanding teaching, leadership, and entrepreneurial management in our public school systems.

The Automation of Higher Education (October 1997) by David F. Noble argues that events at two large North American universities "signal dramatically that we have entered a new era in higher education, one which is rapidly drawing the halls of academe into the age of automation. UCLA has spawned its own for-profit company, headed by a former UCLA vice chancellor, to peddle online education (the Home Education Network). ... in Toronto, meanwhile, the full-time faculty of York University ... ended an historic two-month strike having secured for the first time anywhere formal contractual protection against precisely the kind of administrative action being taken by UCLA."  See First Monday reprint
While faculty concerned about their future employment might be expected to react unfavorably to inroads by outside commercial outsourcing providers, there are indications that students at both UCLA and York were less than enthusiastic as well. For example, the student handbook distributed annually to all students by the York Federation of Students contained a warning about the "dangers of online education." drawing the halls of academe into the age of automation. In mid- summer the UCLA administration launched its historic "Instructional Enhancement Initiative" requiring computer web sites for all of its arts and sciences courses by the start of the Fall term, the first time that a major university has made mandatory the use of computer telecommunications technology in the delivery of higher education. In partnership with several private corporations (including the Times Mirror Company, parent of the Los Angeles Times), moreover, UCLA has spawned its own for-profit company, headed by a former UCLA vice chancellor, to peddle online education (the Home Education Network).



The education industry, received at least $4 billion in U.S. grants and $20 billion in Department of Education loans in 2009.

Deceptive Marketing by For-Profit Colleges Uncovered by U.S. Investigation
Senator Harken
Recruiters at U.S. for-profit colleges lied to entice students and encouraged them to commit fraud to qualify for aid, a report by the Government Accountability Office found. The 30-page report said recruiters at four of the colleges encouraged fraud on loan applications, without identifying the institutions. Colleges can be fined as much as $25,000 per violation and lose their eligibility for government financial aid if they've been found to lie to students about their programs, the report said. [source]

NYT For-Profit Colleges Mislead Students, Report Finds

[source] Among the schools probed were Apollo Group's (APOL) University of Phoenix in Arizona, Corinthian Colleges Inc's (COCO) Everest College in Arizona, Washington Post Co (WPO) unit Kaplan's Kaplan College in California and Education Management Corp's (EDMC) Argosy University in Illinois (EDMC).
The S&P 1500 education services sub industry index .15GSPEDUS initially was slightly lower than the overall market at the start of the hearing, though it recovered later. It was up 0.8 percent in late morning trading while the overall S&P 500 index .SPX was up 0.3 percent. The Career College Association, which represents mostly for-profit occupational colleges, has said the GAO report is troubling and vowed to improve training and standards.

Enrollment in for-profit colleges has grown from about 365,000 students to almost 1.8 million in recent years, according to the GAO report.

Congress will extend between $300 billion and $350 billion in next the 10 years under the Pell grant program for education grants.





[Source] The nation's 4-year not-for-profit colleges and universities collectively held more than $400 billion in endowments in 2008. As of 2008, most 4-year postsecondary schools in the United States had endowments of less than $100 million, while only 70 had endowments of $1 billion.


Apollo Group Inc., based in Phoenix, and Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp. are among the for-profit colleges that received about $26.5 billion in U.S. government grants and loans in 2009.

USEDU is a market capitalization weighted stock index of for-profit education companies that trade in the U.S. Analysts use Cash Equivalents (CE) as a measure to compare the cash cushion of companies in the same industry.

2016 Apollo Global Management LLC stock soars after buyout offer is hiked.

8/24/16 Apollo private equity advisers to pay $52.7 million to settle U.S. SEC case Four private equity funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management LLC agree agree to pay $52.7 million to settle charges they misled fund investors about fees and a loan agreement.
Leon Black, Chairman and CEO Apollo Global Management, LLC, takes part in Private Equity: Rebalancing Risk session during the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 29, 2014.

Apollo Group has the Highest Level of Cash in the Education Services Industry (APOL, DV, CECO, EDU, ESI)
Apollo Group Inc. NASDAQ:APOL ranks first with CE of $896.39M
DeVry Inc. NYSE:DV ranks second with CE of $501.68M

Career Education Corp. NASDAQ:CECO ranks third with CE of $422.17M.
New Oriental Education & Technology NYSE:EDU follows with a CE of $281.1M
ITT Educational Services Inc. (NYSE: ESI) rounds out the top five with a CE of $280.01M.
Corinthian Colleges Inc. (NASDAQ: COCO) Education Management Corp.(NASDAQ: EDMC)
Corinthian Colleges Inc. (NASDAQ: COCO)

Counterfeiting of degrees and Consumer Fraud:
For-profit schools saddle students with the highest debt loads in higher education and the longest odds on actually paying any of it back. And the bulk of that money comes from taxpayers in the form of federally subsidized student loans. The University of Phoenix, for example, reported last year that 86 percent of its revenue came from federal Title IV student aid. It's an investment from which the government gets little in return when students neither graduate nor repay their debt. And it subsidizes an educational industry beholden not to students, but to Wall Street.

Program Integrity; Gainful Employment Proposed Rules


The Apollo Group's University of Phoenix In 2009 Apollo agreed to pay $78.5m to settle a suit over pay schemes for recruiters.

Kaplan a for-profit college and a wholly owned subsidiary of
The Post Co.,
which started out as the test-prep company founded by Stanley Kaplan. Grayer grew the company through acquisition and aggressive management, shifting its focus toward the high-profit higher education business and expanding overseas. This year, Kaplan is on pace to report revenue of more than $2 billion. Kaplan's third-quarter operating income grew 36 percent on revenue gains of 17 percent this year, compared to the same period of 2007.

Strayer Education, Inc. Reports Record Second Quarter 2010 Revenues and Earnings; and Record Summer Term 2010 Enrollments -- Strayer Second Quarter Revenues Up 26% -- -- Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2010 increased 26% to $159.3 million, compared to $125.9 million for the same period in 2009, due to increased enrollment and a 5% tuition increase which commenced in January 2010.

Capella Education Company, a provider of exclusively online post-secondary education through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University

"It's easier nowadays to create one edition for one situation and a different edition for another situation. I don't believe the Texas curriculum will spread anyplace else." -- Bob Resnick, founder of Education Market Research, June 1, 2010

The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) today approved a regular quarterly cash dividend on the Corporation's common stock. The dividend of $0.235 is payable on September 10, 2010, to shareholders of record on August 26, 2010. The McGraw-Hill Companies has paid a dividend each year since 1937 and is one of fewer than 30 companies in the S&P 500 that has increased its dividend annually for the last 37 years.  The annualized rate of $0.94 per share, which includes a 4.4% increase approved by the Board in January of 2010, represents an average compound annual dividend growth rate of 9.9% since 1974.

McGraw-Hill Education Launches Online Assessment Platform With Unique Speech Recognition Technology to Accelerate English Language Learning in China
McGraw-Hill, a global information and education corporation, together with its local partner ChinaEdu, announced it has created the English Online System (EOS), a pioneering digital platform delivering high quality, research-based assessments aligned with Chinese New English Curriculum standards that will serve China's middle school students.  The new EOS online platform will serve China's large and fast-growing education market, estimated to reach $200 billion this year.

Penguin Group And Pearson
While Penguin results contributed to Pearson's sales and profitability, the other publishing wings of the company continue to drive performance. North American Education remains Pearson's largest business, with 2009 sales of 2.5bn and operating profit of 403m.

National Association of College Stores (NACS), which represents about 1,500 bookstores. Digital text e-book sales will reach 18.4% by 2014. Text Book Publishers Censorship


The TV, Political, Industrial Complex
Ads are designed to to tell a story. America has the best Politicians money can buy who can afford to TV ads that will interrupt their constituency the most amount of times and get them to care and then vote. Politicians make up a story people want to hear, they pay to interrupt people with ads, then tell the story to people who want to hear it. They don't waste their money telling people who aren't interested. Telling them where to find out more about it on their website, then asking them for their email address, which gives them permission to market their message and tell them anything they want. They got the opportunity to market their message buy asking permission, using the internet. The opportunity to be interactive with their public. TV + Politicians + Social Media are geared to have these conversations and can promote transparency.

Apple App Store Volume Purchase Program for Education 8 /11/ 2010
Apple quietly unveiled a new program for educational institutions. The program will allow educational institutions to purchase and download apps from the App Store in volume, and it will also allow developers to offer volume discounting to those institutions. Apple positioning iOS devices as an educational tool, seeing iOS devices, especially the iPad, become more of a player in the textbook reader market.

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Dept of Ed + Politicians +
University +
industry +

Berkery Noyes Releases First Half 2010 Education Industry Merger & Acquisition Trends Report and compares it with activity in the four previous sixth month periods from 2008-2009.
Revenue multiples in the Education Industry continued their strong upward trend, rising 38% to 1.8, which represents a 200% growth from the low of 0.6 in 1st Half 2009. Despite strong growth in revenue multiples, transaction volume decreased for the fifth straight half-year period, falling 14%, from 86 in 2nd Half 2009 to 74 in 1st Half 2010.  Gains in aggregate deal value had been significant in the past year, but such growth has ceased and total value has regressed 7% from 2nd Half 2009. full report
Of the top ten transactions by value, four were financially sponsored: the announced acquisition of SkillSoft plc by Bain Capital, Advent Intl. Corp., and Berkshire Partners LLC for $1.06 billion, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan's pending acquisition of Acorn Care & Education Ltd. for $245 million, JLL Partners' pending acquisition of Ross Learning LLC for $232 million, and Thoma Bravo, LLC's pending acquisition of PLATO Learning, Inc. for $137 million. These financially sponsored transactions accounted for just 32% of the transaction volume, but comprised 82% of total transaction value within the industry.  The lack of strategic and PE backed acquisitions can be traced back to the Congressional discussion of Title IV of the Higher Education Act, the legislation that regulates student financial aid programs.  Lawmakers have come to question specific practices within the higher education model and have proposed a set of rules intended to prevent abuses of federal financial aid programs by establishing new eligibility standards both for students and the colleges they attend.  This regulatory spotlight on the industry has raised many concerns from investors in the sector and has had a significant impact on the valuations of publicly traded for profit institutions and the volume of M&A in the first half of 2010.
In the K-12 sector, traditional publishers have seen continued softness in their sector due to the constraints state and local governments have experienced with their fiscal budgets.  Although the states have benefited from increased funding from the federal government, most have focused their spending on retaining and compensating teachers, rather than directing spending on additional instructional materials for the classrooms, which has negatively impacted pure play educational publishers.  However, certain technology and digital education providers have benefited from an increased emphasis on data driven decision making, TESTING PRODUCTS which has been the forefront of the current administration's new legislation called Race to the Top.  Experts believe this part of the education sector will see increased growth in the coming years which will result in higher volume of M&A activity.

The Department of Education has put rules in place that would cut off federal aid to schools that are “for-profit” if they have too high a rate of loan defaults or if students do not earn enough after graduation to repay loans. The White House has proposed a formula that takes the debt-to-income ratio of recent graduates and whether students repay their loans on time. The issue here at stake is not whether these institutions get to exist. It is whether they will have mostly the same financial aid access as public and other accredited universities.

9/15/2010 ICF International (ICFI 23.37, +0.48, +2.10%) , a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has been awarded a new four-year, $38 million contract by the U.S. Department of Education to support the department's Race to the Top (RTT) program. ICF will provide technical assistance (TA) support directly to RTT grantees as well as to other education agencies. Specifically, ICF will provide a range of TA support from in-person advisories, trainings, and workshops to a Website that will serve as an information resource for stakeholders. Additionally, ICF will establish learning communities where best practices in education can be shared and RTT grantees can collaborate and build relationships that will sustain positive change in their state education systems. ICF is a leading provider of TA services in the field of education. ICF currently provides TA in multiple regions of the federal government's Head Start program and plays a key role for the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic. The RTT contract continues ICF's focus on applying evidence-based practices to improve education for learners of all ages.

Education is a Business
Big Business as only Merrill Lynch Research can show.

  1. Corrupt Department of Education Government Programs designed to funnel money to the politicians' family and friends that cheat the tax payer out of their children's success and the country's commonwealth are caught.
  2. Failing Reading Scores is good for business.
  3. Building Prison Cells is the Biggest growing Busine$$ in America with 2.4 million prisoners. The United States has six to twelve times as many incarcerated people as other prosperous democracies, (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom), The prison industry successfully sought more prisoners, longer sentences, and maximal possibilities of probation violations and a swift return to custody. The country has 47 million people with a criminal record, (most for relatively trivial offenses,) and prosecutors won more than 90% of their cases. 90% of Americans judged to require confinement for psychiatric reasons are in the prison system. Conrad Black
  4. Example of Paige Corruption in Houston Leaving Children Behind
  5. One quarter of the children do not finish high school which places an enormous burden on the economy, but hey when kid's can't read and there are no jobs, the Privately owned Prison System makes a boat load of money.
  6. San Quentin CA's oldest prison, and the only one that still provides free college-level education to inmates with the Prison University Project.
    The project is a private, nonprofit education program that offers about 300 inmates the opportunity to earn an associate of arts degree. The program was launched in the mid-'90s, soon after Congress voted to axe federal funding to higher education in prisons across the country. The university project in San Quentin is the only accredited, free-of-charge higher education program behind California prison walls. Article and Mp3
  7. Higher Education Is Overrated Skills Aren't Harvard blogger Michael Shrage discusses what he calls the "mythical belief" that higher education invariably leads to the most successful career path. Education is a misleading-to-malignant proxy for economic productivity or performance. Knowledge may be power, but "knowledge from college" is neither predictor nor guarantor of success. You pay for future connections. Eduzealots have done a truly awful thing to serious human capital conversations and analyses around employment. By vociferously championing higher education as key to economic success, they've distorted important public policy debates about how and why people get hired and paid well. Microsoft's Bill Gates, Dell's Michael Dell, Apple's Steve Jobs, Oracle's Larry Ellison and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg are all college drop-outs.
    Great knowledge is not the same as great skill. Worse yet, decent knowledge doesn't guarantee even decent skills. Unfortunately, educrats and eduzealots behave as if college English degrees mean their recipients can write and that philosophy degrees mean their holders can rigorously think. That's not true.
  8. You Do Need the Best Kindergarten Teacher whose talent benefits all your life.
  9. STATES Correctional Education Coordinator

The Worker


Jobs in the Future Could Require Less Education, Pay Less
228 Analysis of Wisconsin Employment by Job Title 2002-2012
By Dennis W. Redovich October 2004 
The great numbers of high paying jobs of the future that are claimed to require college graduation and high academic skills for all high school students are a hoax. The majority of the jobs of the future in Wisconsin and the United States are low or average paying jobs that require short term or moderate-term on the job training and do not require high-level academic skills in any academic areas, particularly in higher mathematics. Technology makes jobs simpler not more difficult and makes workers more productive. The great majority of the jobs of the future are the same jobs of the 20th Century with new technological tools making these jobs easier to do. A majority of jobs require only short or moderate length training or experience. The great majority of jobs in 2012 require short term on the job training or experience or moderate length on the job training, experience or education.

A new piece of research from the National League of Cities, The United Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties forecasts that close to 500,000 municipal workers will lose their jobs. Those worker terminations will take place some time between this fiscal year and next. Local governments plan to reduce work forces by 8.6% from fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2011. Municipalities and states operate on mid-year fiscal periods. A deeper look at the survey numbers shows that most of the cuts will be made in the public safety and public works areas. That raises the threat of a significant attrition in law enforcement work forces and employees who manage and repair infrastructure, particularly roads.