This space explores issues in public education policy, and it advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools. If there is some urgency in the message, it is due to the current reform efforts that are based on a radical re-invention of education, now spearheaded by a psychometric blitzkrieg of "metastasizing testing" aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build. JH August, 2005
As we enter an election year here in Indiana, it is time for
all of us to start peering in on the campaign records of our beloved state
politicians and the front groups that are their publically-secret Santas.So here are a few of Gov. Mike Pence’s, and
they are many of the same people and corporations who funded former Indiana and
Florida supt. of education Tony Bennett.
ELI LILLY: SWINGING BOTH
Eli Lilly’s PAC, this October, gave
Govt. Mike $10,000. Lilly, in its various shapes and forms, has been a big
player in privatizing Indiana public schools and claims to support gays and
lesbians fighting against Pence’s quest to hammer a ban on gay marriage into the
Former Eli Lilly bigwig, Randall Tobias paid
family man Mike Pence $10,000 in May (see page 2 in the PDF). Best known for his role in George W. Bush’s
administration promoting a religious right anti-AIDS and
anti-prostitution public policy while he himself was sleeping
with prostitutes, Tobias is
a friend of Christel DeHaan who runs the now-graded “F” charter school Tony Bennett rigged
an earlier grade for.
ANGIE, AIN’T IT GOOD
TO BE ALIVE?
William S. Oesterle—Angie’s List’s co-founder and CEO—has
loaded Mike Pence’s campaign chest with $300,000 (see pages 2
If you support Indiana public schools, steer clear of
Angie’s List and its corporate “word-of-mouth wisdom.” A mega-donor
to Tony Bennett, Oesterle is a former
partner of the venture capital firm, CID Equity Partners and helped manage Mitch
Daniels’ 2004 campaign. In the 1980s, he led the right-wing Hudson Institute,
a then Indy-based pseudo-research group closely tied with ALEC and funded by the
anti-worker Koch brothers.
THE WHITE KNIGHT
Tony Bennett’s buddy Dean White gifted
Mike Pence $250,000 in September of this year.Now a billionaire, White inherited his father’s mega-billboard business.
For fun, White, now in his 80s, dabbles in real estate deals and develops
hotels. White earlier gave Mike Pence
$100,000 in donations to run for Indiana governor. White is listed #281 on Forbes’ list of
A BIG AND RICH PAIN
IN THE YASS
And Pennsylvania hedge fund manager and national corporate school
funder, Jeff Yass, another shady figure in my upcoming book Hoosier School Heist and in my article
on Bill Gates in Philadelphia, gave
and big to do his part in privatizing Indiana education, even handing Pence
$20,000 in 2012 (see this
, and this).All in all, Yass (who is just one out-of-state
hedge fund manager behind the Indiana corporate school movement, by the way),
dished out just shy of $1 million recently to destroy Indiana teachers,
students, and public schools.
School Choice Indiana’s Fred Klipsch (also a millionaire)
gave Mike Pence’s campaign $25,000 in May (page 2 in PDF,)
and libertarian national and Indiana charter school operator John Bryan slid
Pence $50,000 in June (page 3 in PDF).
There’s many, many more corporate school people I could
expose here who are in bed with Mike Pence, but it is getting late, and I am
tired.Happy New Year. It's going to be a long and hard one.