From Diane Ravitch's Blog [A site to discuss better education for
all], Tuesday, October 2, 2012. See
Michelle Rhee's Plan to Destroy Public
Michelle Rhee is is a one-person PAC. She is raising hundreds of
millions of dollars from rightwing billionaires and foundations and
corporations to subsidize her program.
What is her program? Destroy teachers' unions; eliminate tenure and
seniority; privatize public education. Having failed to transform the
public schools of the District of Columbia, she now wants to privatize
public education everywhere.
When I was in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I learned from a Democratic
state senator that Rhee had poured $105,000 into a race between a
liberal Democrat and a conservative Democrat. The difference between
them? The conservative Democrat supports vouchers. My informant said,
"Candidates here will jump through hoops for a contribution of
$1,000. Getting $105,000 is unimaginable." Rhee bought the election.
The voucher-loving Democrat won. He added: Most of Rhee's money goes
to conservative Republicans.
She is trying to buy a seat in Connecticut now. A reader writes:
Rhee's fraud of an organization has nothing to do with students,
teaching or learning. It is a political lobbyist group that secretly
slithers around the nation passing our billionaire donated cash to
influence and bribe politicians. Her dirty donations push the
privatization, anti-union, anti-public school, collective bargaining
busting, teacher trashing dogma down their throats. Here she is a
pariah and getting her money is the kiss of death here in CT:
Michelle "Buy Yourself An Election" Rhee returns to
undermine democracy in Connecticut -- See
Is Michelle Rhee Trying To Buy A Seat In The 5th? --
See also, Diane Ravitch Talks School Reform,
the Chicago Strike, and the "Testing Vampire"
Jerry P. Becker
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