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By Charlotte Iserbyt
July 3, 2014

Part 1: The Carnegie Corporation is Behind the School “Choice”/Charter Agenda

John Ayers, brother of Bill Ayers (“Weatherman”) orchestrating “choice.” The political Left and the political Right have the same “Trojan Horse” so-called “choice” agenda. Congress must resume investigation of tax-exempt foundations including so-called conservative foundations., the United States!

I recently did a radio interview (Weds., June 18) with Dr. Stan Monteith. I spilled all the beans regarding the neoconservative Trotskyite pro-school choice/charter school agenda during the interview—one hour of complete exposure covering tax-exempt Heritage, Eagle Forum, Freedom Works, Pioneer, et al, and the Carnegie Corporation. I called for resumption of the 1953-1954 Congressional Investigation of the Tax-Exempt Foundations that was abruptly shut down during the Eisenhower Administration. The late Senator Jesse Helms, in 1986 at a ceremony we held to honor the late Norman Dodd (I was present) promised Dodd, the principal investigator during the congressional investigation, that he, Jesse Helms, would see that the investigation would be resumed. He did NOT follow through. The 3000-page transcript of the Reece Committee Investigation can be accessed here. See my report at my blog.

This interview with Dr. Stanley Monteith took place two days before I found out that my call for a resumption of the investigation was indeed even more important than I had ever dreamed.

Yesterday I came across a 3-page document which proves that the present charter school movement is spearheaded by no less than Chicago Communist Bill Ayers' brother, John Ayers, who up until a few years ago was Vice President and Treasurer of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, California. Read on...

The following information underscores exactly why the 1953-1954 investigation MUST be resumed, IF the United States is to continue as a constitutional republic, not just one of the global system's democratic socialist regions run by unelected council form of government (communist form of government).

First, important background information. John Ayers’ tenure at CFAT followed the Presidency of CFAT by Professor Lee Shulman, who oversaw the Chicago Skinnerian Mastery Learning/Direct Instruction disaster (1968-1980), with the help of Sophie Bloom, the wife of behaviorist Benjamin Bloom 1968-1980.This disaster resulted in half the freshman class in Chicago failing to graduate. It was referred to by Education Week as a "human tragedy of enormous proportions." Shulman, who went on to head up Stanford's Education Policy Institute, was awarded $817,000 by Carnegie Corporation in 1987 to develop over the next 15 months new forms of teacher assessment materials that would be the basis of standards adopted by a national teacher certification board. Shulman was named President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, in 1995, when former President, Ernest Boyer, passed away.

More recently Shulman is known for his role in assisting Catholic educators to "transform" and redirect Catholic education which then culminated in "Catholic Standards and Benchmarks" based on Common Core and promoted through the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative.In 2007, a major conference was held to redirect Catholic education. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT) convened and funded a conference entitled A Carnegie Conversation on Catholic Education. This was a "mother lode" to radically change Catholic Education. Tony Bryk, President of CFAT, along with Lee Shulman, President Emeritus of CFAT, called for the "Carnegie Conversations,” which was only the first of a series of conferences. The additional conferences were then led by the Catholic Higher Education Consortium CHEC), which was an initiative established during this 2007 summit at the urging of Shulman…. One of the products of the continuing Catholic Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) was the “National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Elementary and Secondary Catholic Schools. [Information obtained from: Kraus, Betsy, Catholic Education in America: to Deceive the Elect?, October, 2013.]

This paper from which I am quoting (below) appears to have been written by someone very high up with access to the truth behind the school choice/charter school movement. I found it in an important file I had on Maine's application for federal funding of its School to Work Initiative.When reading this 3-page document please remember that the Carnegie Corporation of New York (President David Hamburg) signed an extensive agreement with the Soviet Academy of Science related to joint development of computer courseware in critical thinking for early elementary school children at the same time President Reagan signed the education agreements with President Gorbachev which merged the two education systems (1985). See my 1989 booklet Soviets in the Classroom...America's Latest Education Fad for extensive documentation regarding the role of the Carnegie Corporation in its cooperation with the Soviet Union. It was David Hamburg, President of the Carnegie Corporation, who said in regard to curriculum development and the restructuring of American education: “Privately endowed foundations can operate in areas government may prefer to avoid.” This statement underscores the necessity of immediately reopening the Congressional Investigation of the tax-exempt foundations so that an end can be put to the meddling by unelected tax-exempt entities (foundations) in affairs of state, including the education of our children.


The first part of the three-page document relates to the role of Thomas G. Ayers, father of Bill Ayers, Weatherman terrorist/communist, and his second son, John Ayers, and his leadership role in school choice, especially school charters. Thomas G. Ayers (1915-2007) was a prominent corporate gentleman with unbelievable connections across the board, including having served as V.P. of the Chicago Board of Education, and on the board of directors of numerous major American corporations. The last sentence under section regarding the late Thomas G. Ayers says:

"His son, John Ayers, once on the staff (1983-1986) of former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, Dem. IL, is a national leader in charter school development."

All the info in this paper has numbered citations, but they are not included at end of the paper from which I quote. This paper then goes on to discuss William Charles "Bill" Ayers, and the fact that he co-founded Weather Underground, a self-described Communist revolutionary group that conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings during the 1960s and 1970s. He is a retired professor in the College of Education at the Univ. of Ill. at Chicago, formerly holding the titles of Distinguished Prof. of Ed. and Sr. University Scholar. During the 2008 US presidential campaign, a controversy arose over his contacts with candidate Barack Obama. He is married to Bernadine Dohrn, who was also a leader in the Weather organization.

Now, here are key excerpts from the November 2009 article, ”Carnegie Names John Ayers New Vice President”:

"Carnegie Names John Ayers New Vice President"

"Chicago education advocate and reformer John Ayers has been named vice president and treasurer of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, California, effective November 2.

"John's administrative and management experience… will help immensely as Carnegie embarks on a multi-faceted research and development agenda," said Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk. 'Carnegie's new work will bring together a diverse network of practitioners, researchers, social entrepreneurs, policy makers and other stakeholders to map the many dimensions of the most difficult education problems and to identify promising solutions to foster continuous improvement. John's skills beautifully align with what I and the Foundation need at this time.'"

"As a consultant on school reform in Chicago, Ayers launched Union Park High Schools, a school management organization, in 2008 with plans to create four charter high schools in Chicago. He created a unique partnership with three labor unions and Johns Hopkins University to launch these high quality schools over six years. He has also worked on crucial national issues in education. He has consulted with National-Louis University on its urban education strategies and helped the university win two large grants from the U.S. Dept. of Education, the Teacher Quality Partnership grants aim to improve teacher preparation by using residency programs similar to medical residencies. He is also a senior associate at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, which supports quality practices in the organizations that grant and oversee America's 4,600 charter schools.

"As executive director of Leadership for Quality Education (LQE), Ayers led efforts to bring charter schools to Illinois and spent ten years advocating policies and managing programs that improved principal leadership in the city. He also enhanced management, governance and community support for innovative small schools and charter schools. A major force for school reinvention in Chicago, LQE was widely engaged in community efforts to improve schools, including in the late 1990s, when Ayers worked closely with Bryk as he was designing and launching the award-winning Consortium on Chicago School Research.

"Ayers is taking a unique role at Carnegie…. The Foundation decided to merge the two leadership positions as part of a larger administrative reorganization.

"John Ayers takes on the difficult job at Carnegie that combines two high-level and essential positions, that of vice president and treasurer," said David Tatel, the current chair of the Carnegie Board. 'The Search Committee knew we may have been searching for the impossible candidate, but it turned out not to be the case; we found the perfect person for the position. John has a deep understanding of education issues, is a problem solver, and has enormous experience as a manager and leader. We couldn't be more pleased with this appointment." [bold added]

Now, here is the rest of the story... is it any wonder Louisiana is leading the way with charter schools? From an article published on May 31, 2012, titled "Education advocate chosen to lead Cowen Institute," in News from Tulane (University), are excerpted key pieces of information.

John Ayers, a former Carnegie Foundation executive and longtime education policy leader and advocate for educational excellence and equity, will be the new executive director of the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University....

John Ayers photo posted with Tulane news article

Ayers was most recently with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on the Stanford University campus in California....

“I can assure you that John couldn’t be more excited about coming to New Orleans to help us advance the Cowen Institute’s mission and move the institute’s work to the next phase,” Cowen said, “as well as continue the reform effort at the local and state level.” ...Ayers spent most of his career in Chicago, where he led successful urban school reform strategies and was one of the key figures in Illinois’ early charter school movement.

He served as vice president for strategic partnerships at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, working to strengthen quality review and oversight of the growing charter school sector.

For 11 years, Ayers was the executive director of Leadership for Quality Education, part of a Chicago senior business leadership group. While there, he spearheaded the implementation of two landmark urban school reform laws and chaired the steering committee of the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago.[bold added]

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The aforementioned information should convince the most skeptical of skeptics regarding collusion between political Left and Right—that something is horribly "wrong in Denmark" as relates to the highly touted tax-funded school choice/charter school agenda being pushed on innocent Americans by the neoconservative tax-exempt foundations, with much help from their supposed nemesis, the leftist tax-exempt foundations. Resumption of the investigation of the tax-exempt foundations is the only solution to keeping the USA out of the Carnegie-spawned (since early 1900s) global system with its Womb to Tomb /Limited Learning for Lifelong Labor. Carnegie Corporation, in its little blue book Conclusions and Recommendations for the Social Studies, 1934, called for using the schools to change America's capitalist economic system to a "planned economy" and at the same time called for doing away with the right to own property! Book available at For daily updates see my blog the For part two click below.

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Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa.

Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which  covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.








John Ayers, a former Carnegie Foundation executive and longtime education policy leader and advocate for educational excellence and equity, will be the new executive director of the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University.