Rupert Murdoch Compares US Education System to Third World Country's

| Fri Oct. 14, 2011 1:48 PM EDT
Rupert Murdoch

News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch has spent the last six months or so battling a rash of bad press over allegations that his UK-based News of the World tabloid engaged in phone-hacking and other unseemly journalistic practices that resulted in his closing the paper all together. His most public appearances have been before the British Parliament, defending his company from a high-level investigation. But on Friday, Murdoch made an altogether different sort of appearance in the US, headlining an education summit hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Murdoch has taken a sudden interest in the plight of poor American school children languishing in substandard schools, which he says have lower standards than "American Idol." Of course, Murdoch's interest in public schools seems mostly because of the money to be made there. He's said that he sees the American education sector as a $500 billion market that's largely been untapped by companies like his. News Corp. ventured into this world last year by purchasing the ed tech company Wireless Generation and hiring former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein.

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