The Gates Foundation and the Future of US Public Schools
Philip E. Kovacs
Taylor & Francis, Nov 16, 2010 - Education - 232 pages
There has been much public praise for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationís efforts to reform public education. However, few scholars have engaged substantively and critically with the organizationís work. While the Gates Foundation is the single largest supporter by far of "choice" initiatives particularly with regard to charter school formation, it is pushing public school privatization through a wide array of initiatives and in conjunction with a number of other foundations. What are the implications for a public system as control over educational policy and priority is concentrated under one of the richest people on the planet in ways that foster de-unionization and teacher de-skilling while homogenizing school models and curriculum? The Gates Foundation and the Future of US "Public" Schools addresses this crucial, unanswered question while investigating the relationships between the Gates Foundation and other think tanks, government, and corporate institutions.