FSCCC Calls for Boycott - Exxon-Mobil’s Common Core Blackmail Linked to Gates Foundation

December, 2013

Breitbart and Truth in American Education have recently reported the strong support of Common Core bordering on blackmail from Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson in a May letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.  The Breitbart story also mentioned similar statements made about Florida at Jeb Bush's fall foundation education conference.  They quoted Tillerson in an interview with another publication saying the following:

"If I'm looking for talent, why wouldn't I go to states that are using the Common Core State Standards, where I know what the performance of the education system is?" Tillerson said during a discussion there. "Not only do I know its performance relative to other states, but I also know its performance relative to international work forces."
Any doubt that this is corporate blackmail is removed with this statement from Florida State Board of Education member Kathleen Shanahan's statement describing her conversation with Tillerson from the minutes (p. 21 of PDF):

"Ms. Shanahan stated that Rex Tillerson, CEO, Exxon Mobile [sic], employs 77,000 people and has stated that he will only hire from states using Common Core State Standards."
What is even more interesting and infuriating is the link between Exxon Mobil and Common Core dictator-in-chief Bill Gates.  It turns out that according to the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch, the largest shareholder in Exxon Mobil is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Like many other companies in the industry, recent reports show a small decline in sales from their levels a year ago. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust was the largest shareholder in Exxon Mobil at the end of Q1 out of the filers we track.
These revelations come on the heels of Exxon's pro-Common Core ad campaign during the Masters' Golf Tournament.  This corporate corruption, collusion, and blackmail of this tyrannical system simply must stop.  The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition joins with other anti-Common Core groups and individuals across the country in calling for a nationwide boycott of Exxon Mobil.

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