Here's the list of participants for their "Education Summit":
Participants in the Education Nation Summit will include:
•Michael Bloomberg: Mayor, City of New York
•Geoffrey Canada: CEO & President of Harlem Children's Zone Project
•Arne Duncan: US Secretary of Education
•Byron Garrett: CEO of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
•Allan Golston, President, US Program, The Gates Foundation
•Reed Hastings: Founder & CEO of Netflix
•Walter Isaacson: President & CEO of the Aspen Institute
•Joel Klein: Chancellor of New York City Schools
•Wendy Kopp: CEO and Founder of Teach for America
•John Legend: Musician; Founder of the Show Me Campaign
•Gregory McGinity: Managing Director of Policy, The Broad Education Foundation
•Bill Pepicello, Ph.D.: President of University of Phoenix
•Sally Ride: First Female Astronaut; Vice-chair of Change the Equation
•Michelle Rhee: Chancellor, District of Columbia Public School System of Washington, D.C.
•Margaret Spellings: Former US Secretary of Education
•Antonio Villaraigosa: Mayor, City of Los Angeles, California
•Randi Weingarten: President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT-CLO)
Not ONE teacher there.
Weingarten doesn't count.
Nor does Wendy Kopp.
And Christ, what is the University of Phoenix guy doing there?
He belongs in jail for fraud, not pontificating about education.
Have you taken a look at the number of consumer fraud complaints AGAINST the University of Phoenix?
There are 14 pages of complaints about this "university" at Consumeraffairs.com alone.
Seriously, this guy belongs in a Turkish prison.
That HE has been invited to the "summit" while a working teacher has not says all you need to know about NBC News, G.E. and the other corporate sponsors of this "summit."
But there are plenty of other problems with the summit as well.
Why is John Legend there?
Will he be singing?
Or just parroting Gates Foundation propaganda like he usually does?
Because the summit doesn't need John Legend to parrot Gates Foundation propaganda when they have the president of the Gates Foundation on the panel.
Like most education "reform" discussions, the NBC Education Summit is a sham.
They already KNOW the answers to the questions they're going to ask.
They just want to continue to sell the country on them.
Give NBC a call and let them hear some of your thoughts.
Phone: (212) 664-4444
Ask for the NBC News comment line. Then ask for the MSNBC comment line.
And be brief. You only get about 45 seconds.