James O’Keefe takes aim at Common Core in new undercover video


Conservative activist James O’Keefe has found a new target: Common Core education standards.

O’Keefe’s conservative Project Veritas on Tuesday released an undercover video where an executive at a publishing company said Common Core is “all about the money.” 

{mosads}“You don’t think that the educational publishing companies are in it for the education, do you?” said Dianne Barrow, a former accounts manager at Houghton Mifflin, in the video. “No, they’re in it for the money.”

Barrow said in the video that she just wants to sell books.  

“I hate kids,” she said. “I’m in it to sell books. Don’t even kid yourself for a heartbeat.”

Linda Zecher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s CEO told The Daily Mail on Tuesday that Barrow’s statements do not reflect the views of the company. Barrow is a former employee, she said, who had been with the company for less than a year.

Zecher said the company is appalled by what Barrow said, adding that it has more than 4,000 employees “who dedicate their lives to serving teachers and students every day.” 

The Common Core standards are used in more than 40 states, and have become a top issue in the Republican presidential race, with many of the candidates vowing to roll them back.

Project Veritas says it went undercover to find out more about the Common Core, talking to a teacher and a publishing executive.

In the video, Barrow says textbook publishers can’t sell anything unless it’s aligned to the Common Core standards.

She also criticizes home schoolers and charter schools and referenced GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who called Common Core a “disaster” and said it needs to be ended. 

“Who is listening to Donald Trump,” Barrow said. “He doesn’t know policy, he doesn’t even — has he ever read the Constitution?” 

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