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Hang around a ink well
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Murdoch moves on public education in Indiana, N.Y.

With former N.Y. Chancellor Joel Klein fronting for him, Rupert Murdoch is expanding his criminal communications conglomerate into public education in the U.S.
Murdoch isn't a philanthropist in the mold of a Bill Gates or Eli Broad, but like members of the Billionaire Boys' Club – as Diane Ravitch describes them – he believes he knows the key to improving education. In Murdoch's case, it's the software produced by Wireless Generation, which News Corp. paid $360 million to acquire a 90 percent interest. The company sells software to schools, most of them funded by taxpayers. The Indiana Department of Education's most recent contract with Wireless Generation was for about $200,000. Murdoch hired former NYC schools chief Joel Klein as CEO of News Corp.'s education division. -- Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette 7/15/11
Murdoch hired Klein as his front man to help penetrate the nation's largest school systems. At News Corp, where his pay package could be worth $4.5 million this year, including bonuses, he built a team of education executives, including some hires from New York: Kristen Kane, the former COO of the city's education department, and Diana Rhoten, founder of a New York City firm that develops new media and technology products for schools. -- Reuters 7/15/11

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