'How Billionaires Rule Our Schools'
This lengthy article from the latest Dissent magazine doesn't specifically mention the Gates Foundation initiative in Hillsborough County. But it touches on just about every other school-related project that Gates is working on, including its role in Race to the Top. (It helped fund Florida's RTTT application.)
Here's the lead: The cost of K–12 public schooling in the United States comes to well over $500 billion per year. So, how much influence could anyone in the private sector exert by controlling just a few billion dollars of that immense sum? Decisive influence, it turns out. A few billion dollars in private foundation money, strategically invested every year for a decade, has sufficed to define the national debate on education; sustain a crusade for a set of mostly ill-conceived reforms; and determine public policy at the local, state, and national levels.
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