Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What, or Who, Is Driving School Reform? - Ideas Market - WSJ

What, or Who, Is Driving School Reform? - Ideas Market - WSJ

What, or Who, Is Driving School Reform?

In a long, long article in Dissent, Joanne Barkan argues that the triumvirate of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation wield far too much power over K-12 education in the United States:

Whatever nuances differentiate the motivations of the Big Three, their market-based goals for overhauling public education coincide: choice, competition, deregulation, accountability, and data-based decision-making. And they fund the same vehicles to achieve their goals: charter schools, high-stakes standardized testing for students, merit pay for teachers

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