Cuomo Announces Partnership With Bill Gates To “Revolutionize” NY Schools In Wake of Coronavirus

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Above: Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation speaks at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. With a jar of human feces on a podium next to him, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has kicked off a “Reinvented Toilet” Expo in China. Gates said Tuesday that the technologies on display at the three-day expo in Beijing represent the most significant advances in sanitation in nearly 200 years. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will use the COVID-19 virus as an opportunity to “revolutionize” the state’s school system, inviting Bill Gates to implement his controversial ideas about education. 

Taking time off from mismanaging a pandemic and turning lifesaving masks sent from all over the country into an art installation, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared yesterday that he would use the deadly COVID-19 virus as an opportunity to “revolutionize” the state’s school system, inviting Microsoft founder Bill Gates to implement his controversial ideas about education statewide. Cuomo did not divulge many details of what his imagined education revolution would look like but did mention virtual education and remote learning. However, Gates is best known for one thing in education: charter schools.

“Bill Gates is a visionary in many ways and his ideas and thoughts on technology and education he’s spoken about for years but I now think we have a moment in history where we can incorporate and advance those ideas,” Cuomo said. “When does change come to a society?…[when] we get moments in history” he added, “I think this is one of those moments.”

One of only two centibillionaires in history, Gates is the world’s most popular businessman according to polling company YouGov, enjoying a 54 percent positive and only nine percent negative opinion rating. Nevertheless, Cuomo’s announcement was met with consternation by many. “Right-wing Wall Street puppet Cuomo is going to work with billionaire capitalist Bill Gates, one of the richest human beings in history, to privatize public education. “Philanthropy” is a scam. The Gates Foundation’s goal is to privatize everything so billionaires can profit,” wrote journalist Ben Norton. 

Gates is one of the most important driving forces leading the assault on the American public education system through the promotion of charter schools. Charter schools effectively privatize the public school system, where the public continues to foot the bill for the school, but has no influence or say in how it is run. While very popular with both the private sector and the religious right, the large majority of unionized public school teachers oppose them. 

Thus, Cuomo’s attempt to push through what he promises to be a massive overhaul of the state’s entire education network is a perfect example of what writer Naomi Klein called “disaster capitalism.” In her seminal book, “The Shock Doctrine”, Klein describes how regressive forces wait until the collective panic of a disaster to force through legislation that the population would never accept and would fight back against in normal times. 

During Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans school system was privatized in an instant. Before the disaster, the school board ran 123 public schools, afterward, it ran only four. Meanwhile, the number of charter schools quickly rose from seven to 31. Unionized school teachers were all immediately fired, with some rehired at reduced salaries and virtually no benefits. As a result, the racially diverse city has effectively been privatized and remodeled to exclude much of its poor black population. As Klein wrote: 

The auctioning off of New Orleans’ school system took place with military speed and precision. Within nineteen months, with most of the city’s poor residents still in exile, New Orleans’ public school system had been almost completely replaced by privately run charter schools.

While maintaining an affable public facade, behind the scenes Gates appears obsessed with the discredited pseudoscience of eugenics and has made it a priority to reduce the population of Africa especially. He also has funded programs to circumcise millions of men and boys across the developing world. Another of his more questionable ideas is that of tattooing the entire human race with a so-called “microdot” once they have been vaccinated. And, as Whitney Webb cataloged for MintPress, Gates is a close associate of infamous sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, finding a 2001 article noting that Epstein had made his fortune out of his close ties to the Microsoft co-founder. “His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing” Gates said of Epstein in a leaked 2011 email, three years after he was convicted of sex crimes with children. 

Therefore, while Governor Cuomo sees the pandemic as a wonderful opportunity to reorganize New York’s flagging school system, it is far from clear whether the public should embrace his ideas and the supposed generosity of the world’s second-richest man.  

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York surpassed 330,000 today. The state has more confirmed cases than any foreign country in the world. At least 25,436 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19, although local officials accept this is certainly an undercount.

Alan MacLeod is a Staff Writer for MintPress News. After completing his Ph.D. in 2017 he published two books: Bad News From Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting and Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent. He has also contributed to Fairness and Accuracy in ReportingThe GuardianSalonThe GrayzoneJacobin MagazineCommon Dreams the American Herald Tribune and The Canary.

  • Who D. Who

    Andrew Cuomo has just shown himself to be even stupider and more corrupt than I thought.

  • s k

    Nice to see a link to MP.

  • emernel

    Gates is the biggest robber baron of the twentieth century he built his s/w empire by stealing developers work. What else can you expect from master thieves running Amerikkka.

  • Homeschooling should get a boost from this.
    At the end of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, the elites all leave and go off to their own little Shangri-La. I thought then and even more so now that this was a happy ending for all. As many of the elites/globalists are fans of Ayn Rand’s, perhaps they’ll take the hint.
    “birds of a feather flock together” Let the monsters have their own little island and stay out of our lives.

  • mwildfire

    sounds good to me! But it wouldn’t work–they are parasites, and depend on us as hosts.

  • mwildfire

    Far from clear whether NY should accept this deal? No it isn’t especially with all the additional info here. This is disaster capitalism, vultures sweeping in to feed when the target is weak and distracted. Charter schools are like private prisons–when the people running an institution that is supposed to deal with a certain subset of the population are motivated by a hunt for profits, this is not going to turn out well for the unfortunates who are within that subset. They’re swooping for the kill because they know the media won’t call them out for taking advantage of a crisis. New Yorkers should protect their kids from these predators.

  • rgaura

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a tax avoidance scam. It has been used to funnel money back to corporations that Mr Gates is invested in. Many are for profit. He needs to be prosecuted on this basis. Much of his riches should be returned to public coffers. It also needs to be investigated for crimes against humanity. The scandalous and criminal sterilization of over a million women has been documented in Nigeria, Mexico and the Philippines. Also the deaths of 600 children vaccinated for dengue in the Philippines without informed consent, and the disabling of many more. Mobsters can be quite clever. Tax laws have been used in the past to take down criminal networks. Its time ti use those laws again.
    The destruction of neighborhood schools, moving to alienated AI curriculums should be seen as an attack on our society, and our communities.

  • chetdude

    Not to mention Gates made his billions by changing the software model from one where programs were tested until they worked as advertised before being sold into one where his CUSTOMERS became Alpha Testers of extremely buggy software.

    The level of misery his 3rd rate software has caused billions of users will condemn him to one of the most painful circles of hell…

    And now he wants to extend that “gift” of his to “education”…

  • chetdude

    Including the fact that Gates would steal other developer’s work in order to kill it…

    Foxpro for one…it was cutting into his SQL Server seat license revenue.

  • Thom Rip

    Hopefully this will be yet another “dot” connected for those in doubt about just one of the agendas in this orchestrated, largely fabricated, fear driven, “plan-demic” that aims to control, centralize and enslave everyone. B. G(h)ates needs to be removed from society…and big pharma which runs our govt. eliminated as an influence.

  • D Turgeon

    Corrupt, yes, absolutely. But stupid? How stupid is it for Cuomo to espouse and enable an ‘education’ system to train the masses to serve compliantly the narrow interests of the oligarchy to which he belongs, rather than educate them to think, question and create as independent citizens?

  • D Turgeon

    Good luck with that scenario. These are leaches after all, and who would they leach off of, on their “own little island”? Can’t have a Shangri-La without the proles to keep it running.

  • Alas you speak pragmatically. An interesting scenario transpired on a CA beach within the last few days. The police tried to arrest a woman for walking onto the beach; people standing on the periphery of the beach decided this wasn’t okay. They stepped onto the beach as well and, in numbers, gathered around the police and woman. The end result? The police desisted in their arrest of the woman.
    If enough of us just say NO to tyrannical behavior and rules, it seems that we have a chance to shut these ‘parasites’ down.

    Just say No to paying taxes to fund foreign piracy wars and lining the pockets of politicians and their corporate cronies, just say No to neighbors losing their homes because the banksters caused an economic collapse, just say No to digital IDs, cashless currency, and 5G installations that will provide so much control of every individual we will cease to be humans and become automatons, …
    Just say NO en-mass. How? Stand up for each other in significant numbers when someone is being mistreated and do not use these new systems being rolled out to control you. Just say NO.

  • D Turgeon

    “Just say no.”
    — Nancy Reagan

  • No desire here to emulate Nancy Reagan but it the phrase fits…

    Perhaps instead of protest marches that only result in patchy news coverage and the arrest of white ‘middle class’ activists, people could instead form neighborhood citizen patrols and help stop police tyranny using video sharing and when possible surrounding the person or persons under attack by the police to prevent them from being beaten or arrested for “not social distancing” or other such tyrannical laws recently imposed by the ruling elites.
    The police (with few exceptions) are not there to serve and protect the people, they are there to serve and protect the ruling elites.