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Why Is Dianne Feinstein In Bed with KIPP?


Ohanian Comment: A while back I challenged readers to make the connection between Dianne Feinstein and her allegiance to the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). Bernadette Medige did this very thing. Her work is below. She concludes Follow the money. This only took about ten minutes to track down.

Medige writes about charter schools and other education issues for http://www.buffaloreport.com

One of Medige's revelations in a 5-part series on the privatization of public schools, is the connection between the Progressive Policy Institute and Bill Gates. Gates, of course, is a big backer of KIPP.

http://buffaloreport.com/2004/041108.medige.agenda.html


Question: What's the connection between Dianne Feinstein and KIPP?

The money behind the KIPP schools is the Gap.

http://notes.nassmc.org/nbsfile.nsf/0/8914b59fe71d2e1f852569bd007d0c94?OpenDocument

http://www.rppi.org/brand.html

The Gap is one of Feinstein's top campaign contributors:

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.asp?CID=N00007364&cycle=2004

Feinstein and Pelosi participated in a fundraiser for KIPP:

http://www.keyacademy.org/specialevents/spynight.asp

Gap founder Donald Fisher joined Feinstein's group calling for end of desegregation of schools.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/04/09/MNGRP62TQ81.DTL

KIPP schools serve primarily poor and minority children. Sounds like a business incentive to start schools geared towards such children and an imperative for those children to find schools they feel will meet their needs.

Follow the money.

— Bernadette Medige


2005-01-17



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