Friday, December 20, 2013

So Much for Obama Giving a Shit About the Opinions of Educators

He continues to appoint crooks--er, privatizers--in positions of power over education policy in the United States.

These crooks won't stop until they completely destroy public education and pick off the bones of the taxpayers in order to enrich themselves.

Obama is a monstrous failure as a president.

The dirt:

Ted Mitchell, the chief executive of the NewSchools Venture Fund, was nominated in October by President Obama to become the Under Secretary of the Department of Education.

As the administration continues to reshuffle its team, and confront new regulatory challenges, some view Mitchell’s nomination as a move towards greater privatization. In the coming months, the Department of Education will release “gainful employment” rules to rein in for-profit colleges, an experiment in proprietary education that many see as an unmitigated disaster.

As head of the NewSchools Venture Fund, Mitchell oversees investments in education technology start-ups. In July, Zynga, the creators of FarmVille, provided $1 million to Mitchell’s group to boost education gaming companies. Mitchell’s NewSchool Venture Fund also reportedly partners with Pearson, the education mega-corporation that owns a number of testing and test-book companies, along with one prominent for-profit virtual charter school, Connections Academy.

Totally crooked, but we have gangsters running this country now.

Teachers don't have a chance to push back against this onslaught. No matter how little evidence there is for their privatization schemes and "reforms," these crooks continue unabated. They OWN people like Obama.

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