School reformer Joel Klein meets corporate Joel Klein to discuss Rupert Murdoch!

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Keith Turvey's picture
Fri, 22/07/2011 - 15:03


Francis Gilbert's picture
Fri, 22/07/2011 - 15:53

Interesting insight on how Murdoch is moving into education in the US through Klein:

This quote is telling:

NYC’s former Chancellor, Joel Klein, now works for Murdoch, and has been put in charge of his “internal investigation” of this scandal. At the same time questions have been raised surrounding several no-bid contracts that the NY State Education Department and the NYC Department of Education intend to award Wireless Generation, the company that Murdoch bought immediately after Klein announced he would run Murdoch’s new online learning division.

The state no-bid contract is $27 million for Wireless to build a statewide version of ARIS, the expensive data system that has received widespread criticism from NYC parents, teachers, and principals alike, who say that there are far less expensive and more useful data systems available. There are also troubling conflict of interest questions, given that these contracts were announced shortly before and after Joel Klein’s departure from the DOE. See also the summary of this controversy from Think Progress.

Sign our petition now, asking the State and City Comptroller to reject these egregious no-bid contracts with Murdoch’s Wireless Generation, with copies sent to the State Education Commissioner John King, the NY Board of Regents, NYC Chancellor Walcott, and the federal independent investigator for the US Dept. of Ed (since the state program is supposed to be paid for with federal funds.)

Adrian Elliott's picture
Fri, 22/07/2011 - 15:59

And, of course, the Murdoch press in this country plays a leading role in the attack on state schools and local authorities. The Times employs several columnists who virtually take it in turns to write the same article attacking the 'appallingly low standards' across the state sector. This does cast a whole new light on it.

Melissa Benn's picture
Fri, 22/07/2011 - 16:08

The divine right of billionaires! Great phrase.
In general, another example of the ways that the Newscorp crisis has helped uncover problematic wheeler dealing in the new school universe.

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