Perdido 03

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Investment Bank And Hedge Fund Backed Education Reform "Supergroup" Forms

From the criminals/hackers at the NY Post:

Groups backing charter schools, vouchers, merit pay for teachers and limits on teacher tenure plan to unite under a new, statewide supergroup, The Post has learned.

The New York State Education Reform Council will include the new StudentsFirstNY — which has hired away Mayor Bloomberg’s Albany lobbyist — Democrats for Education Reform, and charter-school-advocacy and upstate organizations.

“We’re going up against one of the most powerful interests in Albany,” Democrats for Education Reform Executive Director Joe Williams said, referring to the New York State United Teachers and United Federation of Teachers. “We don’t stand a chance if we’re not aligned and focused.”

“We’re going to have access to a lot of resources that will enable us to counter the resources of those who want to protect a failed status quo,” added Bloomberg lobbyist- turned-StudentsFirstNY-Executive-Director Micah Lasher, who will team with Williams to chair the council.

The umbrella group won’t have its own staff, but Lasher’s and Williams’ organizations are backed by hedge-fund and investment-banking money.

The men said the initial aim is to get the member groups working together on common issues, which the unions claim also include barring teachers from almost any role in shaping curricula or determining working conditions.

Great, just what New York State needs - a "supergroup" funded with blood money from criminals at the investment banks and hedge funds looking to hand out suitcases full of cash to Albany politicians ready and willing to do their bidding.

The education reformers like to depict themselves as underdogs and portray the teachers unions as all-powerful in the machinations of politics, but the reality is, New York State government has been bought and sold by the financial industry, the investment bankers and the hedge fund managers and these guys get whatever it is they want when they want it.

You can bet Bloomberg will put a lot of money into this effort and continue to influence education policy in this state long after he is gone from office - and even long after he is gone from life.

Like the Rockefellers before him, Bloomberg is going to put his personal stamp on an entire century of policy.

And whatever money Bloomberg doesn't pony up, the hedge fund crooks and Wall Street criminals will donate to this malanthropic supergroup .

Fascism and totalitarianism in the 21st century comes from foundations funded by business and corporate interests.

This couldn't be more clear than in this story where a "supergroup" of education reformers funded by some of the scummiest and most evil people on the planet (i.e., Goldman Sachs) promotes an anti-democratic agenda behind the scenes using the blood money expropriated from the 99%.

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