“Well, that was fast!
Only minutes after news broke that Governor Cuomo had asked Bill Gates and his foundation to help “reimagine” education in New York, parent groups responded with a loud NO!
Don’t mess with New York parents! Remember, they started the biggest opt-out from state testing in history.
Here is their public letter:
May 5, 2020
To Governor Cuomo:
As educators, parents and school board members, we were appalled to hear that you will be working with the Gates Foundation on “reimagining” our schools following the Covid crisis. Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation have promoted one failed educational initiative after another, causing huge disaffection in districts throughout the state.
Whether that be the high-handed push by the Gates Foundation for the invalid Common Core standards, unreliable teacher evaluation linked to test scores, or privacy-violating data-collection via the corporation known as inBloom Inc., the education of our children has been repeatedly put at risk by their non-evidence based “solutions”, which were implemented without parent input and despite significant public opposition. As you recall, these policies also sparked a huge opt-out movement across the state, with more than twenty percent of eligible students refusing to take the state exams.
We urge you instead to listen to parents and teachers rather than allow the Gates Foundation to implement their damaging education agenda once again. Since the schools were shut down in mid-March, our understanding of the profound deficiencies of screen-based instruction has only grown. The use of education tech may have its place, but only as an ancillary to in-person learning, not as its replacement. Along with many other parents and educators, we strongly oppose the Gates Foundation to influence the direction of education in the state by expanding the use of ed tech.
Instead, we ask that you fund our schools sufficiently and equitably, to allow for the smaller classes, school counselors, and other critical services that our children will need more than ever before, given the myriad losses they have experienced this year.
New York State Allies for Public Education
Class Size Matters
Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
Cc: Board of Regents and Acting NYSED Commissioner Shannon Tahoe”
Exposing the Gates Agenda in Africa
June 14, 2020 | By Obianuju Ekeocha
July 29, 2020 | By Brendan Lowe | Source
“For Ken Slentz, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement in early May that New York was partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to “reimagine education” was déjà vu all over again.
From 2011 to 2014, Slentz served as New York’s deputy commissioner for PK-12 Education, making him the point person for controversial Gates-funded work around the Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, and a data-sharing program that shut down following criticism that it was disconnected from teachers’ realities and parents’ concerns.
Now, as some advocacy organizations said they were “appalled” by Cuomo’s announcement, Slentz said he is “hoping against hope” that educators will be patient and not “come out of the gate opposed.”
Like almost everything these days, there are more questions than answers about the partnership. The scope and duration are unclear, as is the extent of involvement from the Gates Foundation. In the absence of details, some people are looking to the foundation’s past work in New York state for clues, and — between a $51 million grant in 2003 to develop small high schools to a $50,000 grant in 2020 to support students with disabilities during distance learning and tens of millions of dollars in other contributions in between — there are many.
The Cuomo administration, the Gates Foundation, and Jim Malatras, a former Cuomo aide who is chairing the governor-appointed committee leading the effort, declined to comment for this story. But multiple interviews, including with a member of the committee, suggest that the alliance between the tech titan and the governor whose star has risen during the pandemic might be less grand than the reimagining-education pronouncement first indicated.”
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Historical Perspective — Eugenics