The Gates Foundation and the Future of US “Public” Schools

The Gates Foundation and the Future of US “Public” Schools

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There has been much public praise for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationa€™s efforts to reform public education. However, few scholars have engaged substantively and critically with the organizationa€™s work. While the Gates Foundation is the single largest supporter by far of qchoiceq initiatives particularly with regard to charter school formation, it is pushing public school privatization through a wide array of initiatives and in conjunction with a number of other foundations. What are the implications for a public system as control over educational policy and priority is concentrated under one of the richest people on the planet in ways that foster de-unionization and teacher de-skilling while homogenizing school models and curriculum? The Gates Foundation and the Future of US qPublicq Schools addresses this crucial, unanswered question while investigating the relationships between the Gates Foundation and other think tanks, government, and corporate institutions.After Bill Gates decided to come over from Microsoft to run the foundation directly, a Los Angeles Times article ... Niger Deltaa€” while funding inoculations to protect healtha€”its stock portfolio included investments of $423 million in Enid, Royalanbsp;...

Title:The Gates Foundation and the Future of US “Public” Schools
Author:Philip E. Kovacs
Publisher:Routledge - 2010-11-01


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