On August 27, 2013, Mercedes Schneider posted on her blog – deutsch29 – a thorough, eye-opening audit of your Common Core spending. The following day, Diane Ravitch linked to it, and her readers’ comments reflect the outrage that so many of us here have been feeling.
In A Brief Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending, Schneider argues that “CCSS (Common Core State Standards) is not ‘state led.’ It is ‘Gates led,'” and she provides evidence to show that “the four organizations primarily responsible for CCSS– NGA (National Governors Association), CCSSO (Council for Chief State School Officers), Achieve, and David Coleman’s Student Achievement Partners– have taken $147.9 million” from you.
Today, Diane Ravitch posted a piece in which she explores why the Campaign for High School Equity, which includes civil rights groups such as the NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the Alliance for Excellent Education, would possibly want more high-stakes testing. Her conclusion? Ravitch points out that the Campaign for High School Equity received nearly $500,000 from the Gates Foundation and that many of its members are recipients of grants from your foundation. The Alliance for Excellent Education, for example, received $2.6 million. With this in mind, Ravitch concludes that:
“The civil rights groups demanding more high-stakes testing, more labeling of
schools as “failed,” more public school closings, more sanctions, more punishments, are not speaking for communities of color. They are speaking for the Gates
We would like to echo Mercedes Schneider who ends her piece by saying, “I do not have billions to counter Gates. What I do have is this blog and the ability to expose the purchase. I might be without cash, but I am not without power.”
Like Schneider and Ravitch, we are not without power. In order to have a democratic society, we need to have democratic institutions, which your money and influence are destroying. We are here to educate the public on your initiatives and to stop you from privatizing public education.