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Gates Grants Show Push On ‘Personalizing’ Learning

I’ve gotten in the habit of checking out the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant site on a regular basis.

I recently pulled up all the 2014 ‘college ready’ grants. The amount of money being doled out for 116 grants was over $87 million. This $87 million spans only 2014 through 9/28/14.

The second largest grant was to the CCSSO for over $6 million to support the implementation of their ‘strategic plan’:

KEEP READING, See who got the largest grant… Continue reading

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Common Core PR Machine: The Collaborative For Student Success

Politico has a brief blurb about Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform event. At the end of that blurb, they lend credibility to the panel I was on – Messaging and Public Relations. Here’s what Politico has up:

— Pushing back against Beck’s populist rage, the Collaborative for Student Success today will release two videos featuring former Republican governors praising the Common Core standards. The collaborative, which has received funding from the Gates Foundation, plans to promote the videos through social media. A peek: http://bit.ly/Ugbalu.

That “peek” goes to The Collaborative for Student Success. They make some wild claims on that about page, including citing a statistic of support that they do not have a link to support. You’re just supposed to take their word for it. Their ‘about’ page clearly states who is behind this group. It’s exactly who you think:

The Collaborative is supported by both regional and national foundations, including: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Other funders may soon be joining this important effort.

So, another Common Core pushing PR group? Pretty much. Continue reading

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