Dark Money and the Politics of School Privatization

Dark Money

By Maurice T. Cunningham. Goes behind the scenes of school privatization campaigns to expose the complex networks of funding that sustain these efforts – often hidden from the view of the public. Using the example of a 2016 Massachusetts charter school referendum, shows how wealthy individuals support charter school expansion through so-called “social welfare” organizations, thereby obscuring the true sources of funding while influencing major public policy votes. With vast wealth and a political agenda, foundations have helped to reshape the reform landscape in urban education. Read more.