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Leonie Haimson Blasts Chalkbeat for Its Biased Coverage of Ed-Tech and "Personalized Learning", by Diane Ravitch,

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Former Ass't Sec'y of Education and historian, Ravitch explains that Haimson is one of the nation's sharpest critic of scams  in the area of ed-tech and online learning. Both are outraged that Chalkbeat posted an uncritical article about the scams now sold to schools.  ' He clearly wanted to lump together the critics of Common Core (those 'right wingers' [like me])and the critics of “personalized learning,” who have the retrograde belief that children should be taught by teachers, not computers.Pay attention to the funders of Chalkbeat (Gates; Walton; Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and others who are pushing online learning and “personalized learning.”) They are listed at the end of this post. Don’t overlook the Anschutz Foundation. He is an evangelical Christian who produced “Waiting for ‘Superman,'” that anti-public school, anti-union propaganda film.'

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Diane Ravitch, who is one of Politico's 50 Most Important Americans , gives us this at her blog, where the real story the demolition of American Education can be found every day!

Here is the Team that is Monetizing Public Education for Profit

by dianeravitch

GSV Advisors is leading the movement to bring investors into public education and to create new companies to profit from public education funding. GSV stands for Global Silicon Valley.

Who are they, you might wonder? Here are their leaders . Note how much they know about investing and building equity. Note how little experience they have as education professionals (none).

Here is what I previously described as a"field guide to the education industry," produced by GSV.

Here aresome of the partnerships they have underwritten.

The founder of GSV is Deborah Quazzo. She is also on the boards of KIPP, Teach for America, and other "reform" (privatization) groups. Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her to the Chicago Board of Education in 2013 to replace billionaire Penny Pritzker. However, in early 2015, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the public schools had tripled their spending on companies where Quazzo had a financial interest (she said she recused herself from votes on those contracts). Demands for her resignation forced her to resign in June 2015.

and don't miss this Ravitch Blog

SHOCKER: Senate Bill Permits Diversion of School Funds to Financial Consultants

by dianeravitch

Investigative journalists David Sirota and Matthew Cunningham discovered that an amendment attached to the Senate bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act contains a fat juicy plum for financial consultants.

The amendment will permit school districts to use federal school aid to hire financial advisors. This is money supposed to be targeted to the neediest children.

They write:

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