In my previous blog post I was pretty clear that all three presenters are very cozy with K12 Inc., the for-profit online education behemoth that stands to gain the most financially if NJ starts rewriting our laws, allowing them to get a foothold. Check out this testimonial letter Susan Patrick wrote for Ron Packard, K12 Inc.'s CEO.
I’ve known Ron for many years and his passion for education is contagious. He believes that education reform must be a priority so that American students are ready for the challenges in an increasingly competitive world. Ron is an effective spokesperson for the benefits that online learning brings to students and the limitless potential it holds to change public education for the better.Guess we will have to agree to disagree. I don't see how allowing K12 Inc. to siphon huge profits out of the already stretched taxpayer dollars available for public ed will "change public education for the better."
And most of the legislators at the hearing yesterday seemed to agree. Check out my twitter feed for some choice highlights. This was nothing like the cakewalk I witnessed at Cerf's confirmation hearing, which I suppose was a fait accompli, so no one really bothered to put the screws to him.
Yesterday I got an idea of what Senator Rice, co-chair of the committee, would have done had he been given the opportunity to question Cerf. In fact he had some choice words for Cerf as he questioned the presenters about the ongoing "privatization agenda."
He pushed all three presenters to disclose who funds their efforts and does their research, until at last Michael Horn threw out Gates' name.
|Oops, twitter typo, that should read funded...|