Rupert Murdoch in San Francisco on Friday to speak about education reform

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch will be in town Friday, but the News Corporation CEO won’t be talking about the agenda of Fox News or the phone-hacking scandal that rocked England last summer. Murdoch will take on education reform, addressing the National Summit on Education Reform at the invitation of a nonprofit run by presidential brother and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, which champions reforms such as charter schools and merit pay for teachers, is being held Thursday and Friday at the Palace Hotel downtown. 

There is no mention of what Murdoch’s Friday morning keynote speech will cover, but News Corporation started an education division last year. The division, which focuses on educational technology, is headed by former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who will also be making an appearance at the conference.

According to the published agenda, the conference will include “strategy sessions” on such topics as turning around failing schools, learning through technology, and overcoming obstacles to publicly funded tuition vouchers.  

The conference will take place a few blocks from where Occupy SF protesters are camped in front of the Federal Reserve Building on Market Street. One session, called “Don’t Let a Financial Crisis Go To Waste,” may raise their ire.

Another, “The Teaching Profession 2.0,” may draw criticism from unions, as it celebrates recent anti-union moves in states such as Wisconsin, where the governor pushed “an end to tenure and destructive last-in, first-out policies.”

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