Murdoch & Son being quizzed in UK Parliament about phone hacking Scandal The head of the UK New Schools Network (NSN), which was set up to promote so-called free schools has left to join Rupert Murdoch's education business in New York Rachel Wolf will join Joel Klein, the man flown in by Murdoch to limit the damage to his reputation from the phone hacking scandal, in leading Rupert Murdoch's education arm, which is now called Amplify. (To read more about Klein's background, go here.) NSN - the organisation which Wolf founded and headed promotes free schools which can be  set up by any group who want to run their own school, with funding from the government, and are a precursor to full scale privatisation of the UK education system. Amplify was founded this year.  According to the New York Times: "In partnership with AT&T, the division will offer digital learning tools to kindergarten through grade 12 students, part of the media company’s strategy to tap into the multibillion-dollar public education market." Murdoch, who after the phone hacking scandal was described by a UK parliamentarian as "not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company", will be the overall boss of a company which is also aiming to write and develop curricula in English, Maths and Science. Furthermore it aims to offer data systems to schools. As a leader of the New York Teachers Union said in a New York Times interview: "What parent would want personal information about themselves and their children in the hands of Rupert Murdoch, given the current circumstances?" In yet another example of the links between neo-liberal education reform and big business, Wolf told the website 'education investor' (sic): "I am incredibly excited by what Amplify is doing to re-imagine education and introduce more innovation into the classroom." She was previously an adviser to right wing UK education minister Michael Gove and was given £500,000 by the UK government to fund her New Schools Network. At the time, Fiona Miller, a campaigner for public education in the UK said, "The award of public money to an organisation linked to Michael Gove will inevitably raise charges of cronyism. But the more serious question is whether this secretly funded outfit is in a position to provide parents with the objective advice they need. The NSN needs to say whether it has ever received funds from organisations with a vested interest in the drive to remove education from the maintained sector. They are well-represented among its advisers and trustees." There would seem little doubt, given Wolf's move to New York of the links between NSN and those vested interests.