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Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Education

Key Individuals

A small number of business executives played a key role in the US in the achievement of a business-managed school reform that would suit business interests. They include:

Edward B. Rust David Kearns Louis Gerstner
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Several wealthy business people have also played key roles in the US in promoting school choice and privatisation. Education analyst Diane Ravitch has "called this group 'the billionaire boys club,' which includes Gates, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation". Others are listed below:

Wealthy Individuals
Positions - past and present
Donations
Dick DeVos
President of Amway (1993-2002)

Dick DeVos
• Co-chair of Kids First! Yes!
• Co-chair, Education Freedom Fund
• Board of the Children’s Scholarship Fund
• Founder of All Children Matter • Michigan Board of Education
• Michigan Business Roundtable
• Candidate for Michigan governorship (2006)
• Board, Education Freedom Fund
Private voucher programmes
Lobbying for state voucher schemes
Republican Party
Advocacy groups and coalitions
Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos
• US Secretary of Education,
• Co-chair, Education Freedom Fund (EFF),
• Co-chair, Of the People
• Board of Children First America
• Founder of All Children Matter (AMC)
• Founder, chair, Great Lakes Education Project
• Director, James Madison Institute
• Chair of Michigan Republican Party

Ted Forstmann
Venture capitalist, Forstmann Little & Co Ted Forstmann
• Co-chair, founder Children’s Scholarhip Fund.
• CEO and funder, Put Parents in Charge
• Honorary chairman, Washington Scholarship Fund
Private voucher programmes
Lobbying for state voucher schemes
Voucher advertising campaigns
James Leininger
James Leininger
• Founder, Texas Public Policy Foundation (think tank modelled on Heritage Foundation) Private voucher programmes
Lobbying for state voucher schemes
Putting Children First PAC
Republican Party
J. Patrick Rooney

J. Patrick Rooney
• National Center for Policy Analysis (TX)
• American Legislative Exchange Council State Policy Network
• Chair, American Education Reform Foundation
• Board, Washington Scholarship Fund
• Board, CEO America
Conservative causes
Private voucher programmes
Lobbying for state voucher schemes
John Walton
Heir to Wal-Mart fortune

John Walton
• Co-chair, founder, Children’s Scholarhip Fund
• Board, CEO America Director, Tesseract Group
• Founder, Schools Research Foundation
• Board, AERC
• past president, AERF
Private voucher programmes
Lobbying for state voucher schemes
Charter schools
Advocacy groups and coalitions

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