The Drill Down previously reported on Government Accountability Institute Fellow Luke Rosiak’s book Race to the Bottom: Uncovering the Secret Forces Destroying American Public Education; it’s an excellent exposé on the powerful special interests affecting K-12 children’s education.
Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer, who assisted Rosiak in his research, had the following to say about the project:
“Luke’s exhaustive work in this book shows that while it might have been parents’ first glimpse of such issues [like CRT], they did not appear in schools overnight. Through the stories of local school systems in different parts of the country—from inner cities to wealthy suburbs and rural areas—Luke shows readers how, for years, local K–12 school systems have been captured by a variety of special interests whose allegiance is to anything but the ‘three Rs,’” Schweizer said.
In a recent piece for The Federalist, Rosiak opined on the danger of philanthropic foundations, calling them “the most powerful and least understood force in American politics.”
“Take the 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones’s 2019 New York Times series-turned-grade school curriculum,” Rosiak writes. “It might never have seen the light of day if not for the MacArthur Foundation [awarding] a $1 million, three-year grant to ProPublica, a left-wing nonprofit news outlet for which Hannah-Jones wrote about race. In 2017, MacArthur awarded Hannah-Jones a ‘$625,000, no-strings-attached grant.’”
Not surprisingly, the nonprofit that introduced curriculum based on the 1619 Project into schools is also funded by MacArthur, Rosiak writes.
But MacArthur isn’t the only foundation pushing progressive politics into our children’s schools —there’s also the Kellogg Foundation, which bankrolls the Zinn Education Project. If the name “Zinn” sounds familiar, it’s likely because you’ve heard of anti-American historian Howard Zinn who, in a nutshell, says everything we think is good about America is actually a terrible, racist atrocity in one sense or another.
Even the National School Board Association —now famous for wanting to label concerned parents as “domestic terrorists” —aren’t free from foundation funding; they receive private funds from foundations like Ford, Gates, and Carnegie.
But scariest of all —Arabella, a for-profit mega company that brings all far-left foundations together. As Rosiak describes it:
“Arabella is the same group that The New York Times conceded in January has led Democrats to dwarf Republicans with the ‘dark money’ leftists publicly denounce. One tentacle of Arabella, the Sixteen Thirty Fund, spent more in 2020 than the Democratic National Committee.”
“…these groups,” Rosiak continues, “have been sowing the seeds of critical race theory in obscure educational bureaucracies since long before you even heard the term. In 2013, New Venture Fund, one of Arabella’s most important arms, outright paid for the creation of a federal government entity, the ‘Equity and Excellence Commission,’ which pushed for a return to 1970s-style bussing.
If you have a child and you haven’t attended a school board meeting —now’s the time.