' John BryanOregon multimillionaire funded the creation of North Carolina’s “Innovation School District,” where low-scoring public schools will be handed over by the legislature to charter operators. Oddly enough, the schools that the state is taking over are not F-rated. This experiment in privatization is modeled on Tennessee’s failed “Achievement School District,” which promised to turn the state’s lowest scoring schools into high scoring schools within five five years. Bryan’s influence extends beyond support for the schools themselves and into education policy. He is a generous contributor to political campaigns and school-choice causes in North Carolina. Communities are fighting the state takeovers. It seems that conservatives no longer believe in local control.'