Campbell Brown Won’t Say Who Is Funding Her School Privatizing Group

By: Friday August 1, 2014 12:06 pm

With Michelle Rhee’s effort to bust the teachers unions falling flat from incompetence and corruption, the privatizing crowd wanted a new face for the brand and found one with former news anchor Campbell Brown. Brown, who is married to former Bush apparatchik Dan Senor, is ready for her debut as the new face of “ed reform.” But can a new facade fool the people?

Campbell Brown recently went on the Colbert Report to promote the group she heads, the Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ). During the interview it became clear that Brown was not interested in revealing who was funding the group.

 

NEA Calls On Education Secretary Arne Duncan To Resign

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 6:45 am

While President Obama’s former spokesman, Robert Gibbs, manages a national public relations campaign against teachers unions, the National Education Association (NEA) has finally decided it has had enough of Team Obama’s union busting. The NEA has now called on Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign.

A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California’s Schools

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 6:00 pm

An election campaign now being fought almost completely out of public view could radically alter the way California’s school children are taught. If Marshall Tuck unseats incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the state’s public education system could become a laboratory for a movement that prizes privatization and places a high value on student test scores over traditional instruction. The contrasts between the two top contenders in the nonpartisan race could not be more dramatic – nor could the stakes for the country’s largest education system.

Teachers & Children Last: California Trial Showcases the Corporate War on Public Education

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 1:56 pm

Are job protections for teachers to blame for educational underachievement among low-income students of color in California? That’s the provocative question ostensibly at the heart of Vergara vs. California, which seeks to invalidate the tenure, due process and seniority rights of hundreds of thousands of educators.

Astute observers of the nation’s escalating education wars, however, may be asking another question: When did it become permissible to use the welfare of children as a fig leaf for an all-out legal attack on teachers?

Education Privatizers Data Mining Students

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 11:00 am

The education privatization movement aka “Ed reform” is looking to use spy technology on students. Of course they would only use the data to assist instruction never to sell products and services, that’s not what for-profit schools would do – would they?

Chris Christie Screams At Another Teacher On Election Eve

By: Monday November 4, 2013 2:00 pm

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has made a name for himself screaming at constituents – from “jerk” to “idiot” to “numbnuts.” He has also, while in re-election mode, tried to tone it down somewhat in hopes of appealing to a broader base of voters. But yesterday was an apparent slip as Governor Christie told a public school teacher that “I Am Tired Of You People!”

Public Education Privatizers Join Fight To Cut Social Security

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 9:35 am

To anyone who has followed the attempts to deform reform public education you will not only notice similar rhetoric to the Fix The Debt campaign, but behind the people like Michelle Rhee and Geoffrey Canada sit those very same rich oligarchs desperate to avoid paying taxes.

Poll Shows Highest Level of Public Disapproval for Vouchers Ever

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:15 am

A new PDK/Gallup Poll reveals bad news for the corporate education reform movement to privatize public education. According to the poll, vouchers previously considered a useful wedge weapon against public schools are more unpopular than ever.

Why Charter Schools Are Tearing Public Campuses Apart

By: Friday July 19, 2013 4:00 pm

The practice of housing a traditional public school and a charter school on the same campus is known as “co-location.” Charters are publicly funded yet independently operated, and are intended to encourage innovation and improve student performance. Under Proposition 39, a school-funding ballot initiative adopted by California voters in 2000, charter schools were given the right to use empty classrooms and share in underutilized public school facilities.

We Used to Have This Crazy Idea Called “Taxes” to Pay for Public Education

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 10:10 am

The proposed “Pay it Forward” college funding plan in Oregon.

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