This is the third update in our series of reports on our and others’ on-going investigation of The Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a grant program headed by Barack Obama, and Sixties Terrorist William Ayers, purportedly to improve Chicago schools.
For background see our previous reports:
On Thursday Evening, Dr. Stanley Kurtz, who has been carefully studying thousands of documents from the archives of the Annenberg Challenge, appeared on Chicago’s WGN radio for an interview with host Milt Rosenberg. You can hear a podcast of the two hour program here.
In our first Annenberg post we included this excerpt from one of several reports on The Annenberg Challenge that are available at the University of Illinois at Chicago website :
Its primary strategy was to create networks of schools with common interests and needs and to link them to individuals and organizations that would serve as External Partners. This strategy followed a logic that schools would find more direction and support for improvement if they worked together and with an External Partner than if they worked alone.
Dr. Kurtz’s said his preliminary examination of Annenberg Challenge records indicates that the External Partner selection process, the function headed by Barack Obama, seemed to favor organizations that were politically active with a leftist agenda or focus on ethnic identity over organziations that emphasized improved academic performance.
For example, a group called “South Shore African Village Collaborative” received a grant to teach students about celebrating “Juneteenth” slang for June 19, a holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery in Texas. In the words of the grant application, “Negroes celebrate Juneteenth instead of 4th of July,” as their national independence day.
Dr. Kurtz said William Ayers’ own organization, “Small Schools Network” received a grant for a so-called “Peace School.”
In contrast, a grant application from a group called The Chicago Algebra Project was denied.
Dr. Kurtz research is just beginning and he was hesitant to present any sweeping conclusions. We can expect to hear more from him later, hopefully before voters decide which candidate to support for President.