DIane Ravitch, former Asst Secy' Of Education states emphatically "This is the most important article you will read today! Public education has been systematically starved of funding in the states where teachers have engaged in walkouts ! Typically, corporate taxes have been cut so that funding for education has also been cut. The corporations benefit while the children and their teachers are put on a starvation diet. Who are the corporations and individuals behind the efforts to shrink funding for public schools and promote privatization? This article makes it clear. It details a state-by-state list of corporations and billionaires backing the cycle of austerity and school privatization. Please read and share with your friends, your local media and on Facebook! "