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. […]

EDMC's 'Art Institute' For-Profit College Forces Out Arts Professor for Refusing to Adopt E-Textbook

Forget about academic freedom or even democratic decision making if you work for one of the for-profit gulags they call ‘universities’, or ‘institutes’ or ‘academies’.  They are little more than low paid sweat shops where what gets produced are useless diplomas, not education, and the diplomas come at an exorbitant price. It should be noted […]

Craigslist is now advertising for college professors to volunteer their time by donating onine materials for an alleged Christian university start up

As the teaching profession morphes from a ‘profession’ to a Walmart model for educational barbarity and corporate pillage, teachers are now encouraged to become hustlers as they see massive layoffs due to years of fiscal starvation, austerity, the mechanization of ‘learning’ through cyber distance learning classes and the decimation of what was once a nobel […]

BAMN Defends Affirmative Action and 10 Percent Plan in University of Texas Case at U.S. Supreme Court

http://www.bamn.com/affirmative-action/bamn-defends-affirmative-action-and-10-percent-plan-in-university-of-texas-case-at-u-s-supreme-court BAMN is the lead plaintiff in the case challenging Michigan’s version of the anti-affirmative-action Proposition 209 of California. This case is pending before the en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. See Coal. to Defend Aff. Action v. Regents of the Univ. of Mic higan, 652 F.3d […]

Kaplan Kids becomes the Official Sponsor of Disney Live!!!!! Mickey's Music festival and Phineas and Ferb: The Best live tour ever

Premier Educational Provider Partners with the Premier Live Family Entertainment Producer to Support Family Events Nationwide from August 2012 to February 2013 You can’t make this stuff up and it is tough to even keep up with it in real time.  As I have written, Hollywood and the entertainment industry have been and will be entering […]

Chicago Teacher's Union under attack by right wing blitz and astro-turf organizations

From a Chicago teacher- The profession that I – and thousands of my colleagues and friends have chosen – is being vilified in Chicago, as well as throughout the nation. Well-funded “astroturf” groups have taken out attack ads vs. teachers in Chicago on the radio, and our union is looking for ways to defend us. […]

Lakeview Sit-in Sold Down the River by Local Labor Leaders

By Jack Gerson Jack Gerson is a long time Bay Area activist who up until recently taught in the Oakland Public School System. Shortly before 4am on Tuesday July 3, Oakland Unified School District police, backed by cops from the Oakland Police Department, the Oakland Housing Authority, and the California Highway Patrol, raided the sit-in […]