He doesn't give a shit about education or kids. This is a cash cow to make even more money.
The notion that public assets are there for billionaires and corporations to plunder is little more than justifying a wholesale bank heist from taxpayers.
The article should win the Pulitzer prize; it is that good. It is worthy of Woodward and Bernstein. Impeachment hearings of Obama and Duncan really should be on the table. Unfortunately, both political parties are so fucking corrupt with billionaire/corporate cash, the chances of those happening are virtually nil.
While the Gates Foundation created the burst of momentum behind the Common Core, the Obama administration picked up the cause and helped push states to act quickly.
There was so much cross-pollination between the foundation and the administration, it is difficult to determine the degree to which one may have influenced the other.
Several top players in Obama’s Education Department who shaped the administration’s policies came either straight from the Gates Foundation in 2009 or from organizations that received heavy funding from the foundation.
Before becoming education secretary in 2009, Arne Duncan was chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools, which received $20 million from Gates to break up several large high schools and create smaller versions, a move aimed at stemming the dropout rate.
As secretary, Duncan named as his chief of staff Margot Rogers, a top Gates official he got to know through that grant. He also hired James Shelton, a program officer at the foundation, to serve first as his head of innovation and most recently as the deputy secretary, responsible for a wide array of federal policy decisions.
Duncan and his team leveraged stimulus money to reward states that adopted common standards.
This is the stereotypical Chicago-style corruption writ large on a national level.
I agree there should be congressional hearings on Gates' undue influence on national education policy, but fat chance it is ever going to happen.