Richard Brodsky was one of New York’s most enlightened state legislators. He is currently a senior fellow at the Wagner School at New York Univetsity.
In this article, he describes the new politics of education: the policy debates are now dominated by hedge fund managers and rightwing billionaires.
When people like me say these things, the corporate reformers say derisively, “Conspiracy theory.”
Brodsky is a level-headed veteran of state politics. This is what he says:
“The usual participants [in legislative debates about education] have been school boards, parents, unions, the education establishment and the occasional adventurous elected official. Starting a few years ago, and more so now, there are new players in New York. The brawny and outspoken new kid is the hedge fund community.
“Say what? Well, there are millions in hedge fund dollars now floating around. Generalities are a little dangerous, but it’s fair to say that…
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