Nathan says I am against expanding opportunity.
“I do understand the effort to discredit charters by linking them to ALEC. Opponents of expanding opportunity have long used that approach,” wrote charter merchant Joe Nathan. It was in a message he sent following my posting of yesterday’s exchange about the Illinois Charter Commission.
Well. That didn’t take long.
The first part of the exchange between us was civil, friendly and general.
But the minute I mentioned how the Illinois Charter Commission was a word-for-word creation of the right-wing corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, Nathan turned personal and I became an opponent of expanding opportunity.
Nathan had been telling warm and fuzzy stories about how his kids went to public schools and how his mother worked at Head Start.
As soon as I brought up the connection between ALEC and charters, Nathan turned nasty.
Yes. That’s me: An opponent of expanding opportunity.
Or maybe it was because I brought up the Commission’s approval of the Gulen charters. Gulen, a Turkish political movement is the largest operator of charter schools in the United States and is currently under federal investigation. Gulen charters in several states, including Illinois, have been raided by the FBI.
ALEC and Gulen are the soft underbelly of the self-proclaimed liberal charter promoters.
The truth is that Nathan wasn’t posting here to convince you of the value of the Illinois Charter Commission, passed by the Illinois legislature based on model legislation provided by ALEC.
He is just trying to show his sponsors that he is on the job and earning his keep.
Annenberg, Blandin, Best Buy, Bradley, Bremer, Cargill, Carlson, Frey, Gates, General Mills, Joyce, Minneapolis, Peters, Pohlad, St. Paul, St. Paul Companies, TCF, Travelers, Rockefeller, Wallin, Walton Foundations and the Carnegie Corporation.
They are all listed on his group’s web page.
Check out the corporate sponsors on mine.
There aren’t any.
That’s because I am an opponent of expanding opportunities – for those corporate funders and foundations that pay for Nathan’s charter advocacy.