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Petitioning NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and 21 others

Ask the NYS & NYC Comptrollers to cancel no-bid Wireless Gen contracts!


A widening scandal envelopes Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, revealing how his employees in the UK hacked into the cell phones of murder victims, paid off policemen, and may have stolen the medical records of the former Prime Minister’s newborn son.  What is indisputable is that his papers used offensively bullying tactics against elected officials to dissuade them from criticizing his methods or investigating his activities.  The latest allegation is that News Corp’s journalists may even have hacked into the phones of American victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, leading several US Senators to call for a Congressional investigation.  

NYC’s former Chancellor, Joel Klein, now works for Murdoch, and has been put in charge of the  “internal investigation” of this scandal. At the same time questions have been raised surrounding several no-bid contracts that the NY State Education Department and the NYC Department of Education intend to award Wireless Generation, the company that Murdoch bought immediately after Klein announced he would run Murdoch’s new online learning division.   

The state no-bid contract would pay Wireless $27 million to build a statewide version of ARIS, the expensive data system that has received widespread criticism from NYC parents, teachers, and principals alike, who say that there are far less expensive and more useful data systems available.  There are also troubling conflict of interest questions, given that these contracts were announced shortly before and after Joel Klein’s departure from the DOE. See also the summary of this controversy from Think Progress.

Sign our petition now, asking the State and City Comptrollers to reject these  no-bid contracts , with copies sent to the Commissioner John King, the NY Board of Regents, NYC Chancellor Walcott, and the  Investigator General of  the US Dept. of Ed (since the state contract will be paid with federal funds.)

A timeline of these events, with more explanation and links to back-up information, is available here.

This petition was delivered to:
  • NYC Schools Chancellor
    Dennis Walcott
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Harry Phillips
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Geraldine Chapey
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Anthony S. Bottar
  • NY State Comptroller
    NYS Comptroller Di Napoli
  • Bd. of Regents member
    James C. Dawson
  • NYC Comptroller
    NYC Comptroller Liu
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Robert M. Bennett
  • NYS Education Commissioner
    Commissioner John King
  • Regents Chancellor
    Merryl Tisch
  • Bd. of Regents member
    James R. Tallon Jr.
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Lester Young
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Dr. Betty Rosa
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Charles Bendit
  • Bd. of Regents member
    James E. Cottrell
  • Vice-Chancellor of the Bd. of Regents
    Milton Cofield
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Wade Norwood
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Dr. James O. Jackson
  • Investigator General of the US Dept. of Education
    Kathleen Tighe
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Christine Cea
  • Bd. of Regents member
    Roger Tilles
  • Bd of Regents member
    Kathleen Cashin

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