MEDIA WATCH: Education Week virtually ignores Byrd Bennett guilty plea while featuring more corporate 'reform' propaganda on its front page the week after 'BBB' pleads guilty and begins to snitch on h
Now there may be an editorial reasons for this careful selectivity in featuring (or downplaying) the articles chosen by 'AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD,' but probably a better way to figure out who is calling the tune at Ed Week is to go to the page where they list their corporate sponsors:
and a half dozen other funders for corporate so-called "reform."
And so it's little wonder that Ed Week found it possible to downplay the latest chapter in the lucrative but corrupt career of one of the favorites of corporate "school reform" as she continued her attempt to avoid as much prison time as possible, Barbara Byrd Bennett was not just any public school administrator who succumbed to her own greed (and, according to one email included in the federal indictment, "casinos"), but she was at the top of the list of those who were moved from place to place by the Broad Foundation and others at the top of the lucrative funding pyramid that pays well to those who promote charter schools and the privatization of public education in the USA.
Byrd Bennett's career included stints in Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and Detroit, as well as Chicago. And at each place, she found reasons to push privatization and denigrate the public schools according to the scripts prepared by corporate "reform" and repeated endlessly for the past 30 years in the pages of Ed Week.
And so, instead of being front page news in AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD, the biggest personal scandal to hit a major school district since Atlanta had to indict dozens of teachers (and its former award winning superintendent) for test cheating the saga of Barbara Byrd Bennett was buried, as journalists put it, in the "back of the book."
George N. Schmidt
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