By Doug Martin, Author of Hoosier School Heist
Hillary Clinton’s campaign for chief of America continues to get backing by those in the school privatization business.
Hewlett Packard’s Meg Whitman--a Republican fundraiser whose net worth is $1.95 billion--has recently come out in support of Hillary and says she will donate “substantial” money to Clinton’s campaign.
Whitman in 2014 was appointed to Teach for America's board, alongside Bill Clinton's bank deregulator Larry Summers, one of the people responsible for the financial crisis of 2008 which bailed out the billionaires and kicked poor Americans out of their homes.
Whitman’s Whitman-Harsh Family Foundation handed TFA $10 million in 2011.
Also in 2011, Whitman’s foundation donated “$2.5 million to Summit Public Schools to start 10 more high-performing charter high schools in low-achieving areas in Silicon Valley, with a promise to double that amount if other tech titans match her $2.5 million.”
She also gifted that same week in 2011 $500,000 “to Los Angeles Unified to extend web-based math instruction software.”
I am sure that Hewlett Packard dreams of the day when there are no teachers in classrooms and lessons and tests are graded by computers.
As the author of Hoosier School Heist, Doug Martin’s research has been used by or referenced in Salon, Alternet, the Black Agenda Report, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, PBS, and newspapers and radio shows across Indiana and America. His newest book project deals with Big Pharma, Big Medicine, the Cancer Industry, hospital fraud, and nursing home and health care corruption in Indiana.