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Watch for the education reformers’ resurrection of the false narrative of Common Core being state led as evidenced from the above tweet.  Who is Peter Cunningham?  From educationpost.org:

 

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More information on Education Post and the funding sources for this communications effort to improve public education from Mercedes Schneider in More About “Education Post, the Nonprofit”–Including Its Anonymous Donor:

 

 

On September 01, 2014, Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post officially introduced Peter Cunningham’s Education Post to the world. Below is an excerpt from Layton’s article:

Into the fray steps Education Post, a nonprofit group that plans to launch Tuesday with the aim of encouraging a more “respectful” and fact-based national discussion about the challenges of public education, and possible solutions.

Peter Cunningham, the former communications guru for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, is leading the organization, which is backed with initial grants totaling $12 million from the Broad Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Walton Family Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Layton identifies Ed Post as a nonprofit. So does Ed Post, as noted on its “about” page:

We are a non-partisan communications organization dedicated to building support for student-focused improvements in public education from preschool to high school graduation.

Thus, it seems logical that one might locate the nonprofit, Ed Post, when using a nonprofit search engine.

Not so. There is no nonprofit registered under the name, Education Post. Furthermore, the Ed Post website offers no indication that Education Post is associated with any otherwise-named nonprofit.

This sure makes it difficult for the public to examine the financial situation of this “nonprofit”– including possible identity of that anonymous donor.

If Education Post were a legitimate nonprofit established by fall 2014, then by spring 2016, it should have at least one 990 tax form on file. And so it does– but not under the name, Education Post.

In order to locate the Ed Post-related nonprofit, I used the Broad Foundation’s 2014 990 tax form. I knew from Layton’s article that Broad financed Ed Post in 2014. No Ed Post was listed among Broad’s 2014 grants, so I began to search Broad’s 2014 grants to organizations in Chicago. (The Ed Post website has a Chicago address.)

The first search result on the Broad 2014 tax form yielded a $1,000,000 grant to the nonprofit, Results in Education (RIE) Foundation. The memo for the contribution was, “Support startup of Education Post” (page 39).

Bingo.

It’s all for the kids when it’s all for the special interests, right?  Read Schneider’s article in its entirety and you will discover funding from other organizations/individuals funding Education Next such as The Walton Family Foundation, Michael Bloomberg, and Emerson Collective (founded by Steve Jobs’ widow).  Keep your eye on the Emerson Collective:

 

The Emerson Collective, a “limited liability company” (LLC)  located in Palo Alto, California, founded by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs and that focuses on “education, immigration, and justice.”                      (http://nyti.ms/1SUQt5i)

The Emerson Collective gave RIEF $500,000 in 2014. It has also made donations to a few other nonprofits: I Am Giving Foundation, PlusOnePlusOnePlusOne, and StudentsFirst.

According to the nonprofit search engine, CitizenAudit, Powell Jobs is also connected to the John and Lisa Pritzker Family Fund, Stand for Children, and Wendy Kopp’s Teach for All.

(The Chicago-based Pritzkers are close to Obama, as is Cunningham.)

Why Emerson Collective’s fronting $500,000 to Ed Post should have been kept a secret seems odd. But here is some 2016 news that shows just how small the world of corporate ed reform is:

In March 2016, the Emerson Collective gained a new “managing partner”:

Arne Duncan.

 

Here are Martin Luther King’s words on the purpose of education.  Reflect on Mr. Cunningham’s tweet in context of MLK’s definition of education and Education Post’s purpose: a communications company founded to deliver PR talking points and the funding supporting such tweets vs MLK’s purpose of education:

 

 

“Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half-truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether education is fulfilling its purpose.

A great majority of the so called educated people do not think logically or scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us the objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education.

Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society.

The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.”  –Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Are these edreform organizations funded by special interests relaying objective and unbiased truths or are they promoting the morass of propaganda?  Anne supplied a on-spot response to Mr. Cunningham’s contention that these standards ‘came from the states’:

 

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Watch for the resurrection of CCSSI coming from the states from the paid communicators of propaganda and be prepared to supply the ed reformers with facts, not talking points.  Remember MLK’s words:

 

Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society.

 

Mr. Cunningham tweets: #trythetruth and so we shall.

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