A New Gulen Connection At ISBE
Big week ahead. Betsy DeVos gets her confirmation hearing tomorrow. The bar for Secretary of Education is pretty low, but she's not fit for the office. Trump is probably under the impression that all public schools are "a disaster" and that they all need to go, or whatever. He's such a dumbass; I can't even imagine what's going through his hair at any given moment.
Here's a pretty good explainer on Betsy DeVos.
Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Jason Barclay to the Illinois State Board of Education. Barclay’s experience in state government coupled with his time working with an Indianapolis charter school make him uniquely qualified for the position.
Barclay is currently the General Counsel of Athletico Physical Therapy. Previously, he was General Counsel in the Office of Governor and oversaw the legal departments of Illinois’ Executive Branch. He also worked as a partner at Barnes & Thornburg and as an attorney for former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Barclay helped found a technology-focused charter school in Indianapolis and served on its board. He has also volunteered for DARE.Barclay's no stranger to Illinois government, but just to clarify a point about his experience in Indiana--- he was apparently the lawyer for the Gulen-linked Indiana Math and Science Academy, one of the nineteen search-warrant targets of the 2014 FBI multi-state raid on Concept Schools. That investigation has fallen TBFURMAN: A New Gulen Connection At ISBE:
Barclay earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He lives in Hinsdale.