Here Are The Corporations And Right-Wing Funders Backing The Education Reform Movement - 2016-04-27
Education policy has long been recognized as a contentious, complicated political third rail that transcends a typically partisan divide, but this complexity hasn't kept staunchly conservative funders from bankrolling education reform efforts that line up with business interests. With the rise of privately operated public charter schools, digital learning models, and voucher and scholarship tax credit programs in recent decades, the education debate has grown even more complex, and schools and students are increasingly regarded as an untapped market. Media should know that the education reform movement advocating for these policies often relies on the backing of corporate and right-wing funding. These conservative-backed policies aim to weaken labor unions by attacking teachers' job protections and to push state-level education legislation that makes way for greater private profiteering -- while leaving traditional public schools further behind.
Below, we outline the many overlapping connections in this echo chamber of advocacy groups, think tanks, and media outlets that are increasingly funded by a handful of conservative billionaires and for-profit education companies -- often without proper disclosure. These groups are driving the education privatization movement forward by co-opting the education reform mantle.
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