Follow the Money to the Lunacy: The Process of Hijacking Public Education

Popkey's promised story is published, fleshing out the details in the concerted effort, for most of a decade of private, profit driven corporations gradually taking over the public education system in Idaho. The article expands the cast of characters of wealthy ideologically right wing players, including, Fox magnate Rupert Murdoch, junk bond felon Michael Milkin, the hypocrite Bill Bennett, and the son of disgraced Idaho Congressman George Hansen. In so doing Popkey connects the dots from the money to Luna and his education deform package. The heart of the story is this quote from former Republican state legislator Laird Noh:

“It reminds me very much of President Eisenhower’s warning to beware of the military-industrial complex,” said Noh, who clashed with K12 Inc. while in the Senate. “It seems to me that what we’re seeing here is the educational-industrial complex that’s operating behind the scenes, with people like Rupert Murdoch. They are interested in the millions of dollars, frequently taxpayer dollars, which they can glean through the political process.”

While you're digesting that, Betsy observed that some responses she received from legislators this week on the contents of the legislation appear to be dead wrong. C'mon Betsy, they're just the salesman, they don't need to read legislation.

This is a series of posts which you can trace back here, here, and here.