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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] Why WashPost Wait Three Months to Release Gates Interview?
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 8:19 PM
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From deutsch29 - Mercedes Schneider's EduBlog
http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/why-would-washpost-wait-three-months-to-release-a-gates-interview/
, Monday, June 9, 2014.
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Why Would WashPost Wait Three Months to Release a Gates Interview?

On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Lyndsey Layton of the Washington
Post published this article based on a 28-minute interview she had
with billionaire Common Core State Standards (CCSS) funder, Bill
Gates. In the interview, Gates spills quite a bit of "insider
information," not the least of which is that in the summer of 2008,
then-Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) President Gene
Wilhoit and national-standards-writing-company-gone-nonprofit Student
Achievement Partners (SAP) founder and CEO- and CCSS "architect"-
David Coleman approached him about bankrolling CCSS.

CORRECTION 06-20-14: GATES CERTAINLY SAYS A LOT IN THAT MARCH
INTERVIEW THAT HE MIGHT HAVE WANTED TO BE KEPT UNDER WRAPS. HOWEVER,
IT WAS NOT GATES WHO SPILLED THE INFO ABOUT WILHOIT AND COLEMAN
APPROACHING GATES; IT WAS WILHOIT, AND THE INFO WAS NOT INCLUDED IN
THE MARCH INTERVIEW. THAT NOTED, LAYTON STILL HELD THE GATES
INTERVIEW FOR THREE MONTHS.

The Gates purse would fund not only organizations positioned on the
inside of the CCSS effort, including CCSSO, SAP, the National
Governors Association (NGA), the Hunt Institute, Fordham Institute,
and Education Trust, but also scores of auxiliary organizations
useful in "implementing" CCSS, including both national teachers
unions. See
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=common%20core
AND
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-ravitch/bill-gates-common-core_b_4079447.html
]

As Layton notes, support for CCSS was intentionally strategized:

With the Gates money, the Hunt Institute coordinated more than a
dozen organizations - many of them also Gates grantees - including
the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, National Council of La Raza, the
Council of Chief State School Officers, National Governors
Association, Achieve and the two national teachers unions.

The Hunt Institute held weekly conference calls between the players
that were directed by Stefanie Sanford, who was in charge of policy
and advocacy at the Gates Foundation. They talked about which states
needed shoring up, the best person to respond to questions or
criticisms and who needed to travel to which state capital to
testify, according to those familiar with the
conversations. [Emphasis added.]

In the interview, Gates notes that he decided to financially support
CCSS because he "believes in" the standards. However, in March 2014,
Gates is quite clear in an interview with the American Enterprise
Institute (AEI) that his support of CCSS was because "scale is good
for free market competition."
[http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/video-bill-gates-explains-common-core/
]

Gates is all but "free market." In bankrolling CCSS, he purchased
American public education. Incredibly, the federal government is fine
with that. After all, USDOE already had an incestuous relationship
with the Gates Foundation.

As Layton notes:

Several top players in Obama's Education Department who shaped
the administration's policies came either straight from the Gates
Foundation in 2009 or from organizations that received heavy funding
from the foundation. [Emphasis added.] [See
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/rethinking-the-classroom-obamas-overhaul-of-public-education/2012/09/20/a5459346-e171-11e1-ae7f-d2a13e249eb2_story.html
]

Indeed, as Layton points out, Gates' influence upon the White House
manifests via multiple, interrelated connections- connections that
swiftly advanced CCSS before America knew what had hit it:

While the Gates Foundation created the burst of momentum behind the
Common Core, the Obama administration picked up the cause and helped
push states to act quickly.

There was so much cross-pollination between the foundation and the
administration, it is difficult to determine the degree to which one
may have influenced the other. [Emphasis added.]

Undoubtedly, this Gates interview was chock full of sensational news.

So, here's a looming question:

Why did Layton wait three months until releasing the Gates interview
video and her article?

The 28-minute video that is part of Layton's June 7, 2014, article
includes the following descriptor:

Bill Gates sat down with The Post's Lyndsey Layton in March to defend
the Gates Foundation's pervasive presence in education and its
support of the Common Core. Here is the full, sometimes tense,
interview. [Emphasis added.]

The video specifies the interview date as March 14, 2014.

Maybe Gates was tense because in March 2014, he was clearly trying to
"protect his investment," so to speak, and save the standards, which
Gates told the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
needed protecting- otherwise America would be "back to what we had
before." [See
http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/video-bill-gates-explains-common-core/
]

What, to state standards not bankrolled by one billionaire?

Why wait three months?

Here is what I believed up until 06-21-14, when Lyndsey Layton
contacted me in response to an email I sent to her to tell me I was
wrong but did not want me to post the email correspondence we had in
which she said I was wrong or any other correspondence from her
explaining why her March interview with Gates could not make it to
WP press until June:

As of March 14, 2014, 39 states and DC were in legislative session-
a session that was particularly stormy for "state led" CCSS. [See
http://www.ncsl.org/documents/ncsl/sessioncalendar2014.pdf ]

By Saturday, June 7, that number dropped to 11 and DC, with 6 and DC
having no session end to anticipate.



State legislative session graphic for Friday, June 6, 2014 Note: Map
has two errors: South Carolina and Vermont sessions had ended (June 5
and May 10, respectively). Also, Virginia's special session was on
budget and Medicaid.

Hold the story until the first Saturday in June, when most
legislatures are no longer in session.

Quite the standards-rescuing coincidence, n'est-ce pas? [means Is it not? JPB]

Now, keep in mind that Layton contacted me on 06-21-14 in response to
an email I sent to her and declined to offer an explanation, and I am
honoring her wish not to post the details of our email correspondence.

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