Billionaires

Bill Raden: Who Is Pouring Money into Special Election for LAUSD Seat? – Education Article

  Bill Raden of Capitol& Main reports here on the sources of the contributions for the March 5 LAUSD special election for the empty seat created by the resignation of Ref Rodriguez, who stepped down after being convicted of money laundering in his campaign for the board. He relies on the spade work of Sara Roos, who blogs as “Red Queen in LA.” Early vote by mail has started. Raden writes: “The latest update on the money race in Los…

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Koch Brothers Plan to Disrupt Public Education, the “Lowest Hanging Fruit” – Education Article

  This is a shocking development: The infamous billionaire Koch brothers have a plan to disrupt American education, beginning with five states. Their goal is to break up the public education system and enable public funding to flow to every kind of school, whether religious, private, homeschooling, for-profit, anything and everything. They call it “educational pluralism.” At the Koch Conference last year (700 people who paid $100,000 to attend), they declared that K-12 schooling was “the lowest hanging fruit,” and…

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John and Laura Arnold Foundation Moving into Political Advocacy Role – Education Article

    i always watch my words when I mention John Arnold. In 2014, I referred to him as a billionaire who used to work for Enron, the hot energy company that went bankrupt, leaving its many employees without a dime since they invested in the company’s worthless stock. I got an email from John’s PR person telling me that he would sue me if I didn’t retract my words implying that he benefitted while others suffered. At that moment,…

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Politico: Trump Aides Don’t See Problem About Going Without a Paycheck – Education Article

Politico reports: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/24/ross-government-shutdown-food-banks-1122842 Wilbur Ross is a billionaire. He says that missing a paycheck or two is no big deal. Not for him, it isn’t.   White House Trump aides set off furor with out-of-touch shutdown remarks One of President Donald Trump’s top aides likened the shutdown to a “vacation.” Another called it a “glitch.” And on Thursday, Democratic leaders pounced after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he didn’t “really quite understand why” unpaid federal workers are going to food banks.…

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Cory Booker Opens His Presidential Campaign in New Orleans – Education Article

Cory Booker sent a complicated message at his campaign kickoff in New Orleans at Xavier University, where he was sponsored by charter chain and spoke to students. He told the audience that the power of the people outweighs the power of money. This is inspirational indeed. It says that those of us fighting the power of the Walton family, the Sackler family, the Koch brothers, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, the DeVos family, Paul Singer, and the many other billionaires attacking…

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A Message from Bernie about UTLA Strike – Education Article

Just received. He gets it! Bernie SandersSisters and Brothers – There is something happening in Los Angeles that you need to know about and that we all need to do something about. Today, for the first time in 30 years, more than 30,000 Los Angeles public school teachers are on strike fighting for smaller class sizes and decent wages, for nurses, counselors and librarians in their schools, and against a coordinated effort from billionaires on the right to make money…

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The Tide May Be Turning on Billionaire Backers of Charter Schools in California – Education Article

For years, billionaires have donated millions to promote pro-privatization, school choice candidates in political races ranging from local school board, to state houses, to Washington, D.C. An avalanche of political donations from deep-pocketed national advocates for private-management of education—such as entrepreneur Eli Broad, the Walton family (heirs to the Walmart fortune), co-founder of the Gap retail chain Doris Fisher, and other wealthy ideologues—has elected politicians and promoted district leaders who have enacted school choice policies focused on private management. California has perhaps…

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