1. Bill Gates paid the National PTA (Parents and Teachers Association) a million bucks to promote Common Core in 2009, before the Common Core Standards had ever been written or released –in 2010. (It is like getting married before you meet your spouse. So reasonable a thing to do with the educational future of the entire nation.) But ah, the PTA– how brilliant of Gates. And no wonder we all seem to believe Common Core is such a good thing, like bake sales and pajama day. http://www.pta.org/3723.htm and http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/parenting&id=7147532
2. Bill Gates paid the Council of Chief School Officers $9 million in 2011, to promote Common Core and the EET policy agenda (environmental climate change per U.N. guidance) http://serc.carleton.edu/eet/eet_interactive.html and http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Grants-2011/Pages/Council-of-Chief-State-School-Officers-OPP1033998.aspx He also paid the CCSSO in 2010 and in 2009, nearing a total of several tens of millions to create the Common Core system.
3. Bill Gates paid the National Governor’s Association $3 million to promote Common Core. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Grants-2008/Pages/National-Governors-Association-Center-for-Best-Practices-OPP50433.aspx
4. Bill Gates paid the NCEE (National Center of Education and the Economy– Marc Tucker’s NCEE) http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Grants-2009/Pages/National-Center-on-Education-the-Economy-OPPCR028.aspx to promote Common Core exams.
5. The U.S. Department of Education paid $4.35 BILLION DOLLARS –our tax money– to push Common Core, to promote and incentivize states’ adoption of Common Core, via RTTT (Race to the Top) grants. But we never got to vote on Common Core. No one did. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/fact-sheet-race-top. This is money they could have spent on legitimate public education– teacher salaries, textbooks, school buses, etc.
6. The U.S. Department of Education spent $100 BILLION DOLLARS of our tax money to “drive key school reforms” which include the building of state SLDS systems (citizen-tracking databases) and the promotion of the network-system called the Common Core Initiative. Utah received over $9 million to build that tracking database. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/SLDS/fy09arra_announcement.asp and here’s the reference for the $100 billion .http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/DPC_Education_Report.pdf