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The Signal (Episode 2) - Merchants of Deception: The Dark Money & Front Groups Trying to Destroy Public Education, with Maurice Cunningham
In Central Bucks School District the Moms 4 Liberty blob just challenged 65 books. This interview explains the far-right money, politics & orgs involved in this national crusade, & how to fight back.
On this episode, I welcome Maurice Cunningham to the show. Maurice is the author of the book Dark Money and the Politics of School Privatization. He retired in 2021 as associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. His work has been distributed through the Independent Media Institute and has appeared in publications that include the Boston Globe, Alternet, Tampa Bay Times, The Detroit Free Press, and The Portland Press-Herald (ME), as well as The Bucks County Beacon. Today we talk about a report Maurice just published this month for The Network for Public Education entitled Merchants of Deception: Parent Props and Their Funders, which pulls back the veil on the right-wing figures, their tactics, and the funding behind today’s attack on public education in Bucks County and beyond.
My 5 Book Recommendations to Further Shine a Light on the Issue
Dark Money and the Politics of School Privatization, by Maurice Cunningham.
A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School, by Jennifer Berkshire and Jack Schneider
Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, by bell hooks
The Signal is produced by Kevin Mahoney, Raging Chicken Media.
Music by Maf é Tulà and Cartas a Felice, "La Loca." Panela Music.
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