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Re: “Eli's Experiment

If anybody thinks this is doing any good for the children of Oakland, please look at this Gates Foundation report, from Diplomas Count 2007.¤tDistrictType=unified

The district has a 46% graduation rate, and 60% of the attrition occurs by 10th grade. The hucksters taking over low-income schools across the nation are "leveraging" their "donations" by cheating working class kids out of any education at all. The gap is widening, not closing, under their control. They are putting little girls out onto the street with less than a 10th grade education, and calling it success because they control the "accountability" system politically.

You can use the map tool from Education Week to explore Diplomas Count on your own. Here it is:

Let it initialize on your machine, then click explore, and wait for the map to appear before you type in, say, Berkeley, CA. You'll see a map of the whole region, color coded for graduation rates, and little flags will pop out for every district. (Nice interface, Bill and Melinda! First thing you've done right.) Compare districts these vultures control with others they haven't "rescued" yet.

I'm on the other coast, near Boston, and was researching the damage this same group is doing here. Check out New Schools Venture Fund, at to see their real agenda. Districts will be taken over under NCLB, and forced to consume Broad's management control as he dispenses moneys to his entrepreneurial partners, all at taxpayer expense. Some philanthropy!

This successful entrepreneurial approach, free of beaureaucratic interference, has already been demonstrated by FEMA in New Orleans, by Walter Reed Hospital, and of course by the Provisional Authority in Baghdad.

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Posted by Mary Porter on 12/16/2007 at 10:27 AM

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