Jeb Bush, Rupert Murdoch bound for S.F.


The Foundation for Excellence in Education, a Florida-based nonprofit led by Jeb Bush, will host its National Summit on Education Reform at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco Oct. 13 and 14.

Bush, former Florida governor and the brother of former President George W. Bush, will deliver a welcome address Thursday. Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire head of News Corporation who came under pressure in recent months as the News of the World phone-hacking scandal erupted, will deliver a keynote address Friday.

Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss sums up the irony of having Murdoch as the guest of honor at the conference here:

"Yes indeed, the Rupert Murdoch set to speak on technology’s power to transform education is the same Rupert Murdoch recently hauled before a British parliamentary committee to explain why a newspaper he owned had used technology to hack the phones of thousands of British citizens for years — including the phone of a murdered 13-year-old girl, thus interfering with the police investigation. (Murdoch closed the newspaper.)"

Panelists at the event will include News Corporation executives, CEOs of for-profit schools, state senators from Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma, and the author of a book titled School Boards in America: A Flawed Exercise in Democracy.

The conference will feature a number of "strategy sessions," and one is actually called, "Don't Let a Financial Crisis Go To Waste." The session will focus on education funding formulas and purports to explain "just what lawmakers and policymakers can do to get a better return-on-investment for their education dollars," according the conference agenda. It will be moderated by a director of education policy at the George W. Bush Institute, which "champions change" based on the educational policies of No Child Left Behind.

The first strategy session is called "The Teaching Profession 2.0," and hints of an anti-union agenda: "During the last two years, states across the country have ushered in the most sweeping reforms of the teaching profession in our nation’s history," according to the workshop description. "More meaningful evaluations. An end to tenure and destructive last-in, first-out policies. Salaries that reflect student learning rather than seniority. Learn how lawmakers and policymakers from states around the nation are changing the paradigm of the teaching profession."

Another segment will focus on digital learning, or teaching through technology, which the Foundation for Excellence in Education seems dedicated to advancing. A video on a newly launched website touted by the foundation features Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Open Education Solutions, explaining, "Our mission is to advance digital learning in every classroom, in every school, in every state in America." But Vander Ark's recent vision for opening charter schools in New York City did not go so well, according to this New York Times story. Murdoch delivered an address at the e-G8 in Paris last year titled, "Digital's Next Frontier: Education."

In any case, San Francisco -- famed for its left-leaning politics -- seems an odd choice for Bush and Murdoch, especially during a week when the streets are likely to be filled with protesters marching in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. 


But don't forget, we have a lot of successful business HQ'ed in the Bay Area, like Chevron, Clorox, Genentech, Schwab, HP, Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco etc.

Like it or not, we're a major center of free-market capitalism. So why wouldn't they come here?

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 10, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

Doesn't your jaw ever tire of arse-licking?

Posted by guest on Oct. 10, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

Rather than endlessly throw insults at those who do?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 10, 2011 @ 3:28 pm


Posted by horta on Oct. 10, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

These are really the wrong kind of tourists we want in San Francisco.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 10, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

Without SF's business and convention tourist money, your local taxes would be much higher. Laugh at their suits if that's your thing, but you need them more than they need you.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 10, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

I'm anti-right wing Republicans and in particular - anti-Murdoch, who as you well know is under investigation in the UK for his company's role in illegal phone tapping. And who has been exposed as a frequent and unabashed liar - most recently after his testimony in front of Parliament. He has played an extremely negative role in the degeneration of journalism on a global basis.

I don't believe that we should be welcoming anyone and everyone in San Francisco as long as they toss a dollar our way. I'd oppose a paid gathering of the Revolutionary Communist party the same way I'd oppose a paid gathering of the American Nazi party in San Francisco.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 10, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

In 1990 or so, a gang of nazis tried to demonstrate in Union Square. Several hundred anarchists swarmed around them and lobbed various missiles their way, bloodying them up and requiring a police escort to remove them from the scene.

This is an appropriate response to those who use their free speech rights to call for genocide. You get to say whatever you want, but you get to be made to take responsibility for the content of your speech too.

Rupert Murdoch has used his free speech rights to debase the discourse cynically with intent to condemn the 99% to serfdom, poverty and squalor.

He should suffer proportionately to the consequences of his speech.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 7:14 am

Is that another "San Francisco value".

Murdoch is innocent until proven guilty, last time I checked both US and UK law.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 8:39 am

I really feel sad for them :-(

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 9:24 am

They tried to exterminate us once, should tolerance be extended to coddling those who have a demonstrated willingness and ability to kill us?

Posted by marcos on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 9:39 am

The Guardian forum on a new century or whatever it was called had an organization involved that was once a member of CPUSA, which was an apologist for various Stallinist and Soviet murderous antics.

So if I went down to one of their meeting On Valencia and 16th you would be cool with that?

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 9:57 am

You don't know how much shit I've taken from local would-be remnants of vanguard Leninists and Stalinists for calling them on their crap. After all, their ideological predecessors KILLED my ideological predecessors.

Difference being that not all of the few remaining sectarian leftists here today embrace Stalinism while the fascists 20 years ago were all too clear on their intentions and I took them on their words.

My missile of choice at that time was a pocket full of D cell batteries.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 10:02 am

All that you say is true marcos, and yet I tend toward the opinion that the best way to combat hate speech, is by speech, not by shutting speech up. Banning the neo-Nazis from holding a rally, or pelting them with projectiles, won't make their ideas go away. It may even play into their hands. Free speech is meaningless if it only extends to safe ideas. It's only meaningful if it extends to ideas that are unpopular, even repugnant, which they are.

If they're starting a riot, inciting violence, etc., that's another thing. Otherwise, I agree with the ACLU, which has defended the rights of neo-Nazis to assemble. It's not because they or I agree with the neo-Nazis, but because of the principles of freedom.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 10:01 am

We've not seen any nazi demonstrations in San Francisco since we've bloodied the fuckers up, now, have we?

NO, Greg, like the American South constantly relitigating matters resolved decisively during the Civil War, once that much blood is spilled, the matter is closed, period.

The only response to reopening those wounds is more blood, unfortunately, otherwise the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for those worthy causes is disrespected.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 10:14 am

And usually, it doesn't even need to come to that. Two examples, both from 1990.

I was waiting for a bus back from the Upper Haight back towards SOMA at Masonic. Back in the day, I had a burned American flag wrapped around the shoulder of my black leather jacket. A fascist saw that and threatened me with a fight. I shucked the jacket and told him to put up or shut up. His girlfriend told her guy that he should just ignore me, as I was little more than a faggot and she dragged him off. A faggot who was prepared to kick his fascist ass.

Next, back when my ankles and knees were pristine, I was sk8ing down the north sidewalk of Folsom from the Mission down to the condemned warehouse on Folsom between 4th and 5th where the cement lofts are now. At 7th, I was waiting for a red light along with 2 leather men and 2 dykes. A Camaro drove by, the occupants of which screamed homophobic epithets at us all. As the light turned green, the four of them headed in a different direction and I continued down Folsom. Midway down the block, they all got out of their car and unleashed doubled up chains worn as belts.

They left their car, doors open on Folsom, and came at me with these chains, whipping them at me shouting "run away, little faggot, run away." Using my board as a shield and not letting them surround me, the trucks work so well to protect the knuckles, I was able to stand up to them and hold them off. As the light changed and the next pulse of cars was bearing down on their camaro, they returned to it and sped off.

On most matters, yes, words are best. But when it comes to fascism, there is no alternative to decisive kinetic action to stand up to that and repress it.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 10:20 am

Yeah, I remember those winners. In the 80's had some run ins with skinheads.

The second story is probably just dealings with dumb trash on drugs. Most skinheads were too dumb to be able to hold a job that would afford them a car.

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

the Right are worse than extremists on the Left is dangerous. The problem is extremism of either ilk. Stalin killed as many people in the name of socialism as Hitler did.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

I suppose.

On an American individual basis.

Skinheads are not really on the right or the left, them being too dumb to form any sort of sense, just violent and loud.

On the left in the USA they will smash things up for whatever reason, but are not going to partake in the wilding ethnic violence of skinheads. They may talk you to death.

Taken as a whole a right or left government can really be hell on the population. Ignoring defensive rightest and leftist arguments based on definition of course.

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

I'd be fine with counter-protests, against either neo-Nazis or Rupert Murdoch, who actually has much more capacity to do harm than some fringe thugs. We can go out and give him a chilly San Francisco welcome, but I draw the line at missles.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 10:26 am

Murdoch is not calling for my extermination, now is he?

Posted by marcos on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 10:36 am

Agree with you Greg.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

holding it close while you defend the Nazis. what these true believer leftwingers just don't get is the worldview they attempt to force onto everyone to ignorant to agree with them. That's where you and i come in- hard and fast! we show them that there is room for self doubt when faced with obvious choices betwen right & wrong and then we advocate for the cause of the rich folks and the powerful. these moonbats never even new what hit them from our quiver of truth!

Posted by meatlocker on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 9:55 am
Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

i'm sure it was fun to point and scream "Oooh teacher! He made Godwin's Law!" Unfortunately, you don't understand Godwin's Law. It has nothingto do with the actual discussion of Nazis. Again, mentioning or making reference to Nazis is not the problem. The law is fully named "Godwin's law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies"
See that big word?
Discussing actual Nazis demonstrating in SF is a good thing. Not forgetting and all that
Sorry that your small minded attempt to derail this important discussion has failed, but as a right wing demagogue and a professional sower of doubt, i imagine you are used to this sort of miserable failure.
yours in the fight for truth against the left wing moonbats!

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

Very well written.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 14, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

I am nobody, i am everybody, I am the 99%!
My goal;
Jail the Wall street gangsters and the democrat and republican politicians who aided and abetted their looting of America
Take back America from the greedy corporate barrons!!

SF T Party

Posted by SF T Party on Oct. 10, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

Jeb Bush's mighty porksword will smite you all.

Posted by Chromefields on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 9:12 am

So what field of expertise in education does Rupert have--How to hack into cellphones in three easy lessons?

Mr. Murdick is in serious trouble for violating sacred privacy rights of many citizens for fun and profit. He and many of his underlings may, and should, go to jail. In short, he has been discredited in legitimate circles. Jeb, of course, continues his inane blathering and prosyletising to destroy our public school system in the name of vouchers for private "schools" and charter schools for profit--both a violation of our constitution and just plain failures. He has hoodwinked many into believing he is a crusader for education--the farthest thing from his little mind! What I want to know is where can a person get a report on HOW Jeb's many nonprofit "foundations" are using and raising their funding? Would one of the expenditures be paying his hefty rent on his Coral Gables penthouse? Hmmmmm . . .

Posted by Guest JanisL on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 11:42 am

Can't imagine why we'd want global leaders opining on any topic, can you?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

Thanks in advance for working so hard to get your point across in a civil and sofisticated fashion.

Posted by Right On Sister Snapples on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

Spying on people doesn't fall under free speech.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

important point here is whether a city like SF with self-styled "liberal values" welcomes everyone equally? Or whether you're only welcome here if you're a left wing bigot rather than a right-wing bigot?

Communist dictators are welcome but fascist dictators are not, apparently.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

is not, itself, intolerant. Only an idiot would suggest something so monumentally ignorant. An idiot with a right wing agenda, in this case.
Come back to true reason, fellow truebeliever, and please call me meat.

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

The initiative for education "reform" emanates from the same right-wing think tanks and foundations who are pushing pension "reform". Their overall goal is to privatize public education in order to reap huge profits at taxpayer expense. Murdoch is just the latest billionaire to realize that there's billions to be made from feeding at the public trough.~

"Murdoch has made it very clear that he views America's public schools as a potential gold mine. ... Last November, News Corp. dropped $360 million to buy Wireless Generation, a Brooklyn-based education technology company that provides software, assessment tools, and data services. 'When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the US alone..."'s_schools/

Posted by Lisa on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

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The truth is out there.....

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But who is Tom Feeney? He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as a Republican from Seminole County. He served two terms there before running for lieutenant governor of Florida as Jeb Bush's running mate in 1994. After the pair narrowly lost, Feeney joined the James Madison Institute, a conservative think tank, as a director. He returned to the Florida House in 1996 and was elected as Speaker of that body in 2000. Feeney first came to national prominence in 2000, shortly after his election as Speaker, when he led efforts to certify the state's Republican presidential electors even though it was still unclear whether George W. Bush or Al Gore had won the state's electoral votes. Feeney and his colleagues claimed that Florida's electoral votes were in imminent danger of being removed from consideration if the results of the popular vote in the state could not be determined with legal certainty. While Article 2 of the United States Constitution places this power in the legislature, many Democrats insisted that recounts needed to be completed, and that by doing so, a clear legal victor would emerge. Feeney and State Senate president John McKay argued that the state Supreme Court's verdict in favor of the Democrats' position on recounts essentially "tainted" the entire process, so that there was (as Feeney stated) "a great risk" Florida's electoral votes would be disregarded altogether in the selection of the next President.[1] The U.S. Supreme Court's verdict in Bush v. Gore rejected the argument from uncertainty by a margin of 6-3, and halted the recount process on other grounds.

Bush won Florida and the election.

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Posted by Glenn aka taurusink on Oct. 17, 2011 @ 7:39 am

Jeb Bush and his soulless underling Catherine Harris along with other George Bush / Team Tyrant hoo-rahs broke many election laws, disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters, mostly dark skinned Dems, and helped King George the Saferest steal the White House. The Dems being spineless, ignored the pleas of fellow Reps, mostly African Americans, to investigate these crimes; Bush went on to ruin our country with his illegal wars for profit and his multi-trillion dollar giveaways to his power base.

The US has gone belly up, it's time to take back our future and our country.

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Posted by Glenn aka taurusink on Oct. 17, 2011 @ 7:37 am