Two Tier Education Tuesday


Black boards are an endangered species.

When Lafer began to study the tsunami of corporate-backed legislation that swept the country in early 2011 in the wake of Citizens United—the 2010 Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the green light to spend unlimited sums to influence the political system—he wasn’t yet clear what was happening. In state after state, a pattern was emerging of highly coordinated campaigns to smash unions, shrink taxes for the wealthy, and cut public services. Headlines blamed globalization and technology for the squeeze on the majority of the population, but Lafer began to see something far more deliberate working behind the scenes: a hidden force that was well-funded, laser-focused, and astonishingly effective.

Lafer pored over the activities of business lobbying groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – funded by giant corporations including Walmart,, and Bank of America—that produces “model legislation” in areas its conservative members use to promote privatization. He studied the Koch network, a constellation of groups affiliated with billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. (Koch Industries is the country’s second-largest private company with business including crude oil supply and refining and chemical production). Again and again, he found that corporate-backed lobbyists were able to subvert the clear preferences of the public and their elected representatives in both parties. Of all the areas these lobbyists were able to influence, the policy campaign that netted the most laws passed, featured the most big players, and boasted the most effective organizations was public education. For these U.S. corporations, undermining the public school system was the Holy Grail.



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27 Responses to Two Tier Education Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Well WP failed to publish at the set time, again, so here it is, manually published. Geez do we have to go back to windup clocks?


  2. Den says:

    Well I was proven right once more, my BP check showed my BP has not changed despite the lack of meds, and my neck pain is gone, and the squirts are diminishing dramatically. Yay!


    • David B. Benson says:

      I have a blood pressure tester here at home and I check daily.


    • jimhitchcock says:

      What is the reading they’re trying to treat?


      • Den says:



        • °¿º Carol says:

          That’s when they wanted me on the pills (140/something), but I fought it off for years. I finally gave in and take Lisinopril with no problems. He also gave me Norvasc to take in the evening. No problems with that one either.

          I’m going to have to go in sometime this summer when both the pills run out w/ no refills. Crap. They make us come in to refill a script, I guess that’s best. That way they can check up on a patient.


  3. jimhitchcock says:

    From the ‘Support the Last Blockbuster’ files:

    (Oliver’s guess was lilacs with just a hint of spoiled venison)


  4. °¿º Carol says:

    Still cold here, in the 20s. Always snowing but it doesn’t stay. Wake up every morning to a thin layer of the stuff everywhere. The ground must have warmed up because staying the 20s, it still melts during the day.


  5. °¿º Carol says:

    I can’t stand the air in my house, I think my furnace is trying to poison me. Every time it comes on I can smell dirt, can’t STAND it. My eyes feel weird, I keeps coughing, I mean, WHAT THE HELL?

    If it would only warm up the damn furnace wouldn’t come on. We had our ducts cleaned once several years ago, after that I read that it was a waste to do that. I need to google this. Heck, maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m coming down w/ something. I’ve got the furnace down to 65° right now, hopping it won’t come on very much. Yeah, right. *ptooey*


  6. Den says:

    Funny show if one has HBO, I get it if there is a free weekend. 😦


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Via a brief stop downtown at the tax man’s office, 55 minutes to Shopko for the prescription refill; continued along Bishop Blvd to the trail and then up the p. stairs to the Hillside Cafe for a salmon dinner; 116 minutes. Along the way a Mallard drake coming in for a landing in Dry Flat Creek, which has plenty of water. A commercial jet at altitude on a strange southerly bearing; maybe a Europe to Hawaii nonstop? Two hawks riding the updraft, looking for dinner. Robins and blackbirds. Some small attempts at graupel.


    • jimhitchcock says:

      Would not get Doc’s seal of approval, but I’ve taken a shine to Banzai Frozen Sushi. Only detriment it that it does not come with a sufficient amount of fake wasabi.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Up to Bryan Hall for the excellent symphony orchestra concert. Found out where Keadrin, Kirill and Alice will be next fall afterwards. Then home makes 134 minutes.

      Day 3: 157+134=291 minutes.


  8. Den says:

    Dish Upcoming Free Previews. HBO/Cinemax. Channels 300-305, 307-309. Fri, 4/20 – Tue, 4/23.


  9. Den says:

    4/20, hahaha


  10. Den says:

    I know I left my arms around here somewhere:


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