With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Monday, July 19, 2010


'We'll-tell-you-how' philanthropy
In the past, says University of Michigan historian Maris A. Vinovskis, benefactors "were not as prescriptive about how they wanted their money spent." Now a new generation of philanthropic billionaires, including Gates, home-building and insurance entrepreneur Eli Broad, members of the Walton family that founded Wal-Mart Stores...want public education run more like a business. (Bloomberg Business Week)
And what business might that be, you may ask? Enron, Toyota, or maybe BP (a Gates favorite)?

Daley's ratings sinking like a stone
 "I believe there is a path to victory for someone who wished to challenge the mayor, but it has to be a credible candidate, and the path to victory is by no means certain," said Ald. Joe Moore, 49th, a frequent Daley critic who plans to seek re-election to the City Council. (Chicago Tribune)
Another charter school scandal
After sentencing, United States Attorney Rachel K. Paulose added, "Charter schools are an important part of the educational system here in Minnesota. Without charter schools, many young people who have difficulty in the public school system would undoubtedly give up on their education and their future. It is therefore critical that the administration of these schools be conducted with the utmost integrity. Through their actions, the Pierces failed the 290 students enrolled at Right Step Academy."(Charter Schools Scandals)
Sorry. Too many. I just can't keep up.

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