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Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powell Endorses Obama

Story here.

Note Powell's resume: US Army general, National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State. This man is endorsing a candidate who had a policymaking relationship with a cofounder of the Weather Underground, whose exploits included a plot to set off a massive bomb at Fort Dix. A US Army base.

Obama chaired the Annenberg Challenge, which funded and implemented education programs in many Chicago schools. Some programs were drafted by CAC itself - that department led by Bill Ayers. Stanley Kurtz has details. Here's a snippet:

In the first year, 1995, Obama headed the board, which made fiscal decisions, and Ayers co-chaired the Collaborative, which set education policy. During that first year, Obama’s formal responsibilities mandated close cooperation and coordination with the Collaborative. As board chair and president of the CAC corporation, Obama was authorized to 'delegate to the Collaborative the development of collaborative projects and programs . . . to obtain assistance of the Collaborative in the development of requests for proposals . . . and to seek advice from the Collaborative regarding the programmatic aspects of grant proposals.' All this clearly involves significant consultation between the board, headed by Obama, and the Collaborative, co-chaired by Ayers...As CAC board chair, Obama was essentially authorizing the funding of Ayers’s own educational projects, and the projects of Ayers’s radical allies.

What sort of curricula did CAC foist on Chicago? Blogger Maggie M. Thornton has unearthed a few examples.

Wikipedia notes CAC's effectiveness:

The results of an August 2003 final technical report of the Chicago Annenberg Research Project by the Consortium on Chicago School Research "suggest that among the schools it supported, the Challenge had little impact on school improvement and student outcomes, with no statistically significant differences between Annenberg and non-Annenberg schools in rates of achievement gain, classroom behavior, student self-efficacy, and social competence.

Update: These protest signs long predated Powell's endorsement. Did he ever notice?

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