The two-tiered system for California Community Colleges and the priority que in American Life

In this BBC radio interview you can hear a succinct report about the American toll booth society. Santa Monica College is highlighted as an example of where the two tiered system of education at community colleges is being proposed and resisted.  An excellent interview is done with former Santa Monica college student body president, Harrison […]

The Unseen Casualties of the Budget War: California Adult Schools

You’ve heard about the severe budget cuts to K-12 schools, and you’ve probably seen countless stories about the dire straits colleges and universities are in. Chances are, you don’t know much about the schools that have been hit the hardest:California’s adult schools.   About 10% of adult schools have already closed, and about 15% more […]

Washington Post competes with 'Fixed News' for propaganda

Donald Graham’s little corporate bulletin, The Washington Post, is now engulfed in another nefarious affair.  This time, as in the recent past (, when the Post allowed Daniel DeVise, their journalist or stenographer, to alter his story about college tests with the help of college officials, they have cooked the news once again. The Post mirrors […]

Chicago teachers draw a line: What does it mean for K-12 public education?

Analysis: Lee Sustar August 28, 2012 CAN THE scrappy band of outsiders that now heads the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) lead the kind of high-stakes fight that most labor unions have ducked? That question looms large–not just for the city’s teachers, students and their parents, but for the entire labor movement. Because while both […]

The West Ed Chicago Hustle and other privatization schemes

West Ed is one of the leading front groups and think tanks for privatization of education.  It is one of many faux groups that publish questionable data to be used to decimate public education by arguing it is a failure. West Ed is funded the Bill and Melinda Gates crime family ( as well The […]

New Stages of Privatization Emerging

By Steven Miller “The arriving freshman is treated as a mortgage, and the fees are climbing. She is a future revenue stream, and the bills are growing. She is security for a debt she never chose, and the cost is staggering.” ( November 18, 2009)   The early stages of converting public education into corporate […]

Chicago teachers vote to give union to call a strike

  Chicago has been the focus of corporate school “reform,” but Chicago is now the epicenter of the push back against it. On June 11, 2012, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leaders announced that 89.73% of CTU members—98% of those who cast ballots—voted to give the union authority to call a strike if contract negotiations with […]

Rahm Emanuel's close ties with a private consulting group leads to smearing Chicago teachers

The corporate fascists will stop at nothing to assure they can break the backs of working teachers in Chicago and elsewhere.  Using astro-turf groups and false propaganda, in February 2012, Resolute Consulting, a group with close ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel paid protesters to smear Chicago Teachers Union at public meetings. Watch this clip and […]

In Vermont Building a business-like university? "the discovery of $10 million in overpayments to a consulting group"

August 15, 2012 Nancy Welch joined the University of Vermont English department in 1995 and helped to launch the successful drive to unionize faculty in 2001. Here, she analyzes the push to hike tuition and impose other neoliberal “reforms” in the wake of several scandals at UVM. WHEN VERMONT Gov. Peter Shumlin convened an advisory […]

EDUCATION, humor, satire, vouchers, charter schools, cyberschools

Vouchering an Educational Adventure   by WALTER BRASCH   I hadn’t talked with Marshbaum for a couple of years, ever since he left newspaper journalism for more lucrative work in the fast food industry. But here he was in my office to ask if I would publicize his new educational adventure. “That’s great!” I said. […]