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VIDEO: 2011: When the Billionaires Bought BESE

October 9, 2015

The 28-minute video near the end of this post, 2011: When the Billionaires Bought BESE, was produced by Louisiana journalist Mike Stagg.

mike stagg  Mike Stagg

It is the edited-for-television version of his video research on the 2011 state board of education (BESE) elections in Louisiana– a BESE election in which an unprecedented amount of out-of-state cash flowed into Louisiana in order to advance a test-score-obsessed, corporate education reform agenda.

The video is set to air as follows:

Sunday 10/11: 10:30 am
Sunday 10/18: 10:30 am

Sunday 10/11 thru Friday 10/16: 6:30 am
Sunday 10/18: 6:30 am

Saturday 10/10 5:30 AM
Sunday 10/11 5:30 AM
Saturday 10/17 5:30 AM
Sunday 10/18: 1:30 pm

Sunday 10/11 11 am
Sunday 10/18 11 am

Sunday 10/11 9:30 am
Thursday 10/15 6:30 am
Friday 10/16 6:30 am

Saturday 10/10 10:30 pm
Sunday 10/11 12:30 pm
Saturday 10/17 6 am
Sunday 10/18 6 am

Sunday 10/11 4 pm
Sunday 10/18 1:30 pm

Sunday 10/11 11:30 am

Saturday 10/10 1 pm

It’s 2015, and the out-of-state money continues to flow, with California billionaire Eli Broad donating $250,000, and Arkansas billionaires, Alice and Jim Walton, contributing $400,000.

The election is October 24, 2015, with early voting starting Saturday, October 10:

State and local officials want to remind residents that early voting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday [October 10] until Oct. 17, with the exception of Sunday.

The billionaire buyout needs to end.

Time to FLIP BESE. (Click image to enlarge.)



Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, published on June 12, 2015.

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  1. Last I checked the Waltons were up to at least 750k. Check out Rayne Martin’s Stand for Children PAC. 250k from Jim in September.

  2. dolphin permalink

    Reblogged this on Dolphin and commented:
    If any of you are late coming to the education profiteering going on, this is a very good place to start. The video gives a good timeline of the profiteers like Eli Broad, another sleazebag cohort of the Clintons, among others.

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  1. Schneider: When the Billionaires Bought the Louisiana State Board of Education | Diane Ravitch's blog
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