Education Watch is an evolving database constructed to illuminate the connections between wealthy individuals, the proliferation of newly formed tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, and the policy that diverts public money to these private ventures. Nearly all of these organizations were formed or co-opted within the past decade. If you know of an organization to add to Education Watch, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll check it out.
Under the provisions of No Child Left Behind and through many organizations like the ones listed here, our public school system is being stealthily co-opted by America's elite. In 2009, Rahm Emanuel called it The Quiet Revolution. In his New York Times op-ed column, David Brooks, speaking of Arne Duncan, gushes over these education reform ideas, and quotes Jeb Bush as saying, “President Obama has been supporting a reform secretary, and this is deserving of Republican support.” When Jeb Bush suggests an Obama agenda deserving of Republican support, it's worth a second glance. And when President Obama praises Jeb Bush on education reform, something's rotten in the state of these United States. Education Watch is presented here to shed some light on “education reform” and the reformers. Today, the Quiet Revolution has become quite noisy.
Search the Edwatch Database
Select an organization from the list below and click Submit to see what information is available in the Edwatch database.
How to use Education Watch
Each organization/corporation under our scope is identified with a link to its web site.
The company line states the company's mission and/or vision exactly as it is stated on the web site.
The bottom line presents information from an educator's perspective about how the organization influences education policy, supports deregulation of the teaching profession, promotes racially segregated schools for poor children of color, deflects badly needed funding away from traditional public schools, and/or other things.
Form 990, is required of all tax-exempt organizations by the IRS. The database contains the 990's available from 2006 to present. They allow curious minds to investigate where an organization's money goes.
The documents provide a treasure trove of information. For example, we can see on the 2009 form that Teach for America paid 84 people over $100,000 -- none of whom was a classroom teacher. In 2007, TFA paid 469 people over $50,000 -- again none of them were teachers. Let's say we wanted to find out how many hours David Levin of KIPP schools works in a week, and from how many KIPP and other organizations he collects a paycheck. With a little investigation, we can do that. We can also find out who is on the board of directors, the value of the organization's assets, the CEO's salary. Most of the income is public money paid in government grants. It's good to know where our tax money goes.
The list of donors for each organization is by no means complete for several reasons. Some organizations do not publish the names of their donors and some make it a game of hide-and-seek. We will continue to update the list of donors as we find them so the public may know how the very wealthy are connected to our public school system. By clicking on one donor, you can view other organizations the donor supports. This allows you to begin to see the connections.
Articles of interest may be included about some organizations, also.