Friday, March 24, 2006

Neil Bush in education?

I knew one S&L criminal was into educational software, but two?

Turns out Bush family ne'erdowell Neil Bush is peddling pedagogy these days. And don't worry, it appears to be every bit as shady as his dealings during the S&L scandal.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush made a donation to Houston schools to support Katrina evacuees. So far, no problem. But she specified that the money must go to buy software from Neil's company. Now, I understand a mother wanting to help her son, but is this charity for Katrina victims (remember, by the way, that Bar once said living as refugees in the Astrodome was "working very well for them") or is this charity for a son who just can't ever seem to pull his life together? I've got my opinion.

But it gets even worse. From the Houston Chronicle:

There are 40 Ignite programs being used in the Houston area, and 15 in the Houston school district, said Ken Leonard, president of Ignite.

Information about the effectiveness of the program, through district-generated reports, was not readily available Wednesday, according to an HISD spokeswoman.

Two years ago, the school district raised eyebrows when it expanded the program by relying heavily on private donations.

In February 2004, the Houston school board unanimously agreed to accept $115,000 in charitable donations from businesses and individuals who insisted the money be spent on Ignite. The money covered half the bill for the software, which cost $10,000 per school.

The deal raised conflict of interest concerns because Neil Bush and company officials helped solicit the donations for the HISD Foundation, a philanthropic group that raises money for the district.

So he was raising charitable money using Daddy's connections-- and then directing the charity to himself! Wow, I knew this was a dysfunctional family, but c'mon!

And, while we're at it let's throw in a crazed Russian tycoon. Why not?

Last year, Neil Bush reportedly toured former Soviet Union countries promoting Ignite with Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky.

According to the Times of London, Berezovsky, a former Kremlin insider now living in Britain, is wanted on criminal charges in Moscow accusing him of seeking to stage a coup against President Vladimir Putin.

Anybody else get the sense that Neil Bush should be nowhere near children?


Blogger 100farmers said...

Too bad her donations could not have helped my New Orleans students buy winter coats for the colder weather here in Dallas. Wonder what her son is buying with his donation.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Malcolm Kirkpatrick said...

Michael Milken was not a "S&L criminal". He dealt in high risk/high yield ("junk") bonds. He was convicted of stock parking, which, in a just world, would not be a crime.

5:09 AM  

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