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Title of message: Question re: series of conversations about the “crisis” in public schools
Dear Mr. Rose and staff,
Last summer you initiated a series of conversations, underwritten by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, about the “crisis” in our public schools.
In the past nine months, it appears you have had three of these full-hour conversations: Wendy Kopp (with Bob Wise on
As a longtime viewer, I am extremely disturbed that you are now limiting your education interviews to pro-charter school forces only. This clearly reveals a problem with your journalistic standards.
I am even more disturbed, but sadly not surprised, to find that the funding for these interviews is being provided by a pro-charter school organization, The Broad Foundation. Either you have not researched how this organization is influencing the public’s view of charter schools, or you are intentionally delivering their propaganda to the American public.
The so-called “success” of charter schools has not been consistently and objectively confirmed, and is still being actively debated. A number of studies and well-respected individuals in the field of education believe that the claims of charter school success are grossly misleading. Of course, their message is not being widely heard because it they do not have the funding provided by billionaires Broad, Gates, and the Walton family.
Another widespread and serious concern about the proliferation of charter schools is their potential for transferring the control of one of our largest public institutions into corporate hands. This portends a dangerous and undemocratic future for our nation. Please become aware of this fact!
You may, or may not, be aware that pro-charter school related propaganda, so much of which we see in the media these days (interviews, books, and newspaper articles about charter schools, KIPP schools, Teach For America, etc.), is heavily funded by The Broad Foundation. The Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation are intensely pushing charter schools on the American public, and funding vast amounts of their propaganda, too.
There are many people who have been investigating and tracking this phenomenon for some time now. All arrows surrounding today’s so-called “education reform” movement point back to Eli Broad. This is one individual who has manipulated his way into determining the future of our nation’s public education system. Many, many knowledgeable people are fearful of his intentions, and with good reason.
Eli Broad is most definitely the locus for the pro-charter movement. He has leveraged himself through his activities at The Broad Foundation, which includes a superintendents’ training program (http://www.broadacademy.org/, “Wanted: The nation’s most talented executives to run the business of urban education”), by manipulating the selection of school district leadership, by manipulating for the programs he conceives and supports to be implemented, and by other under-the-public-radar maneuvers. His wishes have a direct line to Joel Klein of NYC public schools, Michelle Rhee of DC public schools, Jack O’Connell of the state of CA public schools, and many, many more. These people are all in bed together, and have been put in that bed by Eli Broad.
Here is a list of non-Broad-connected, highly esteemed education experts, to which Mr. Rose should also give airtime:
- Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford
- Deborah Meyer, senior scholar at the Steinhardt School of Education at
(last interviewed by CR on New York University 5/15/95, a 14 minute minute interview)
- Richard Rothstein, research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and Sachs Lecturer at Teachers College,
- David Berliner, Dean and Regents' Professor College of Education
State University Arizona
- Jim Horn, Associate Professor at
- Susan Ohanian, teacher and author of books including "Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools?"
- Jonathan Kozol, is a non-fiction writer, educator, and activist (last interviewed by CR on
11/16/95, a 10 minute interview)
Here is a list of readings that will provide alternative-to-Eli-Broad point of views. They will get you started with learning the true scope of this “education reform” movement.
Today’s public school crisis is not the crisis you describe. Please do deeper investigation, and then present more objective information to your viewers.