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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

VanderArk credits power philanthropy

Former Gates Foundation front man, Tom VanderArk confirms pretty much everything we wrote in our book, about the disproportional influence exercised by power philanthropists (Gates, Broad, Walton, etc...) over current public ed policy.

VanderArk writes:

Duncan's announcement of Race the Top criteria didn't come out of the blue -- it's the result of the smart investment of several billion dollars by a coalition of foundations supporting the work of hundreds of education policy entrepreneurs.

He calls the new educational agenda "a consensus" created over the past 8 years and an extention of No Child Left Behind.

The difference between us and VDA is, he marvels at the power of power philanthropy and its ability to leverage billions of dollars behind an ownership society agenda-- and we don't.

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