Ted Mitchell, Leader in Privatization Movement, Confirmed as Undersecretary of Education

Blast from the past….

Diane Ravitch's blog

One of the nation’s leaders of the privatization movement, Ted Mitchell, has been confirmed by the. u.S. Senate as Undersecretary of Education, the second most powerful job in the U.S. Department of Education.

Mitchell most recently was CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, which collects millions from philanthropies and venture funds and invests the money in creating charter chains and for-profit ventures.

Among his many other accomplishments, Mitchell served as chairman of the State Board of Education for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegegger, a time of unprecedented expansion of charter schools and deep budget cuts for both K-12 piblic schools and public higher education.

Lee Fang wrote in The Nation that Mitchell has strong ties to the for-profit college industry, which has been under heavy criticism for its ethics. Mitchell will oversee the writing of regulations for that industry.

Fang also wrote:

“His ethics disclosure form shows that he was paid…

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