As Common Core standards gain a foothold in schools nationwide, opposition to the accompanying bombardment of teacher evaluations, testing, assessing, benchmarking, surveying and data mining may be the Achilles heel in the federalization of public education.
Implementation of the standards has created a very costly explosion in the demand of newly aligned curriculum, assessments, technology, computers, tablets, textbooks, teacher training and subsequent data analysis — which means big profits, leaving educational corporations and institutions drooling with elation.
Ironically, it also has spurred growing opposition by the masses, including teachers and superintendents. An “opt-out” movement is developing, which threatens centralized control and the crucial testing validation necessary in proving the data-driven federal standards actually work.
Bill Gates, Microsoft Corporation, signed a “cooperation agreement” with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Nov. 17, 2004. This was an agreement to develop worldwide curricula reflecting UNESCO values.
The Gates Foundation subsequently donated over $100 million, funding the creation, adoption and implementation of the Common Core standards. To date it is well over $2 billion. In 2013, Gates gave $300,000 to the U.S. Department of Education.
Until now, I was unaware philanthropists were allowed to donate to the federal government influencing public policy.
If you want to understand why public policy groups and establishment politicians — on the left and right — would support unconstitutional federal legislation pushed by the Gates Foundation simply follow the money.
The Gates Foundation gave over $27 million to the primary architects of the Common Core standards — Achieve Inc. (education lobbyists), the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The NGA and CCSSO are Washington-based trade associations never granted any legislative authority by the states, including Minnesota.
Other lucky winners include the Fordham Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations that agreed to push Common Core. Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education has received roughly $5.2 million from the Gates Foundation.
Read the full article: http://www.sctimes.com/story/opinion/2015/04/01/common-core-shows-power-cash/70792144/