"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, August 07, 2016


By Doug Martin, author of Hoosier School Heist

(Come see Doug Martin speak at Indy’ s Kheprw Institute on August 20 from 3-5pm)

Glenda Ritz’s opponent for Indiana state school superintendent, Jennifer McCormick, is rolling around in corporate education reform money. 

The Hoosiers for Quality Education (HQE), the pro-school privatization group I detail in my book Hoosier School Heist, on Friday handed McCormick $20,000.  This brings the PAC’s total to McCormick, so far, at $30,000.

Fred Klipsch, another star in Hoosier School Heist and one of the biggest funders of HQE, slid McCormick $10,000 at the end of May.  
McCormick has also received $75,000 recently from the Tony Bennett charter school scandal’s Christel DeHaan. 
David Harris, from the Mind Trust, gave McCormick $250 (page 6). 

Deborah Daniels, Mitch’s sister, also gave $250 (page 7).

Former state ed. board member Daniel Elsener has spared $1,000 (page 9) so far. 

Charter honcho John Bryan, a huge player in my book, donated $2,500 (page 11). 

These are only recent contributions.  More from other corporate school folks have slipped in earlier, and there’s much more to come, I guarantee.  

As the author of  Hoosier School Heist,  Doug Martin’s research has been used by or referenced in Salon, Alternet, 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.


  1. Thanks for keeping the public up-to-date on these matters. I don't think anyone else is doing this sort of thing, and it's an invaluable service. I recently bought your book and am looking forward to reading it and spreading the good--or bad, as the case may be--word.

    1. Thank you! I truly appreciate you getting the book and spreading the word.

  2. Fred Klipsch is a multi-millionaire and has been treasurer of the Pence for Governor Committee for several years. He is a major supporter of virtual charters and private school vouchers.

    1. Thanks! Yes, Klipsch has been one of the biggest forces here behind school privatization.