A wedding of the education foundations! Back in 2010, William Budinger, the founder of Rodel Inc., who sold the company and created the Rodel Foundations of Arizona and Delaware, married Zoe Baird, the President of the Markle Foundation. She has held that role since 1998. Her main focus, according to Markle’s website, is this:
She currently leads Rework America, the Markle Economic Future Initiative that is pursuing opportunities for all Americans to participate in the economy of the future.
Fascinating! Both Rodel and Markle really seem to love the current “pathways to prosperity” push going on in many states. The whole “career ready” part of “college & career ready”. Kids don’t need a high school diploma when they can earn a certificate in high school! Missouri Education Watchdog wrote an excellent article earlier this year about Markle’s plans in Colorado. And it looks like Arizona wants some of that action too! Thank God they have a Rodel Foundation in Arizona! It sounds like Governor Markell every time he talks to the media! Please note: Markell and Markle are not the same thing (except in thought process).
Baird is best known in America as the Attorney General pick by President Bill Clinton who was not selected by the U.S. Senate back in 1993. Apparently, it created a new word in the American lexicon: Nannygate. But since then, Baird and Budinger have certainly been busy…
As you can see, this duo has tons of connections to the biggest groups attempting to dismantle public education. They are all pushing for “career pathways”, competency-based education, and digital learning. These are NOT our friends America. Remember that. I have no doubt if Hillary Clinton becomes President, we will see this unlikely match have more influence.
At this very moment, the CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, Paul Herdman, is giving a push to the Delaware Grantmakers Association. I have no doubt the words Every Student Succeeds Act, Opportunity, Grants, and Money will come up.