How do the filthy rich control policy? How do they destroy public education? Pretty easy when you have billions at your disposal for buying your own scientists and ed researchers, hiring PR firms, buying ads & politicians.
Thirty billion dollars, by the way, represents 7 Races to the Top. We can see how just one of them threatens sanity in schooling all across the nation. Can you imagine what a widespread disaster 7 of them would bring. This, however, is the real and potential power of the numerous corporate foundations that are going all in to transform American schools for the masses into corporate data hubs designed to breed compliance, fear, non-thinking, anti-culture, consumption, selfishness, ahistoricism, and limited technical skill. The Oligarchs are determined that the road to ecological apocalypse at least will be orderly.