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Billionaires vs. public schooling

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

It took The Daily Show to lampoon the notion that public school teachers have it easy making $50 K per year but Wall Street scoundrels deserve every penny of the bonuses they earned for bringing the world economy to the brink of another Great Depression.

As another counterweight to the ongoing demonization of teachers, Jon Stewart also did an interview with Diane Ravitch, the former Bush 43 education official who’s turned against No Child Left Behind and high-stakes testing in a big way. Ravitch is also a vocal critic of charter schools and of the “Waiting for Superman” mania that afflicts so many pundits.

In her new book, Ravitch warns about the influence of the Gates, Broad and Walton foundations that are throwing lots of money into sponsoring charter schools while urging cuts in teachers’ benefits and pensions. She calls them The Billionaire Boys Club, as she explained to Mother Jones.

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