Many people wrongly assume that the Common Core is dead, since Trump said he would kill it and Dezvos claimed she never supported it.
But Bill Gates launched and financed Common Core, and he is still funding it.
Laura Chapman writes:
"Anyone who thinks that Gates has given up on the Common Core is wrong.
"He is still pouring money into districts that will push it. His idea of "collaboration and listening" is pay others to come into a district and offer trainings to teachers and principals whom he regards as hapless, or lazy, or incompetent, or insufficiently dedicated to the Gates agenda, including Gates-Funded the Common Core.
"I just checked the database for the Gates foundation. In just 2016 and 2017 he has poured $32,175,526 million into pushing the Common Core.
"Grants for this purpose were sent to the twelve groups who are willing to do for-hire work defined by the Gates Foundation.
"The following received grants the largest of these grants:
Center for American Progress, $1,000,000; EdSource Inc., $1,362,606; New Teacher Center $2,000,000; Loyola Marymount University, $2,000,000; CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation, $2,000,000; WestEd, $4,350,875; University of Kentucky Research Foundation, $5,000,000; CORE Districts $6,350,000; New Venture Fund, $7,900,010.
"Gates has sent another $7,614,758 to those CORE Districts in California in the last three years, in addition to the grant for $6,350,000 ear-marked to push the Common Core (above).
"CORE stands for the California Office to Reform Education. CORE has no formal connection to the California State Board of Education, CORE and the districts it has signed up is called a "collaborative." I think not.
"CORE is a privately funded organization that engineered a contractual takeover of some of the largest districts in California. The contract takes the form of a Memorandum of Understanding between the superintendent of each district and CORE. That MOU allows CORE to determine almost everything that happens in some of California's largest districts: Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Santa Ana.
"CORE is funded by the Stuart Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. The student, teachers, school, and parent data from the CORE "School Quality Improvement Index" flows directly to GreatSchools.org where school "quality" ratings are used to help market products and services to parents and other users. Zillow and Scholastic are among the companies that pay fees in order to market products and services.
"Don't believe what Gates says. Follow the money." *************************************** -- Jerry P. Becker Department of Curriculum & Instruction College of Education and Human Services Southern Illinois University Carbondale 625 Wham Drive / MC 4610 Carbondale, Illinois 62901