The 'rot' thickens: RFD identification for kids to ride the schools for a fee in Colorado

Charging Students Bus Fare in Colorado: Fleecing working familes to pay the wake left by Reaganomics and ‘Free Trade’ The attack on public education is enough to make one sick.  Better put on a pair of huggies or lay down a rubber sheet to read this one, if you have not already done so. Douglas […]

Central Falls Used to Broadcast New Turnaround Model for Failing Schools

by Jordan Doorwall The staff of Central Falls high school in Rhode Island has been given a new lease on life, or so it seems. And so much like Shylock in the Merchant of Venice, they’ve been given a new religion to go with it. The symbolism is unmistakeable: teachers come back with the understanding that […]

Jonathan Swift - Are you hungry for kids?

  Diana Chapman is a reporter from Los Angeles.  She is a formidable fighter for public education with the heart of an elementary student and the cognition of issues in public education.  She is also a distinguished LA reporter. Diana is doing the scratch and smell test through ‘sherlocking’ (investigative journalism) – i.e. critical thinking […]

Billionaire boyz club plans to buy D.C. teachers hits a snag?

Things not going well for billionaire plan to take over Washington, D.C. Schools As history indicates, it has taken less than a year to cobble together the naked takeover of public education and the merit pay ruse in Washington D.C.  Chancellor of Schools in D. C. Michelle Rhee is implacable, beyond expression when it comes […]

Another Big School Anti-Privatization Victory today for teachers, students, parents, and the citizens of Detroit!

With the successful march on Washington, April 10, 2010 in front of Arne’s cubbyhole and the recent victories handed to BAM and Detroit Schools, Arne Duncan and his cronies must have their underwear in a knot. City by city they had been having their way but now that the forces, mostly made up of students and teachers, are standing up to Race to the Top and catching whiff of the negative consequences of the flawed policy, Duncan must feel frustrated.

Fresno Conference on literacy and high stakes testing: Fighting the shadows on the cave wall

It has become intellectually fashionable today to speak about the rising despair, hopelessness, a yearning for fascism on the part of some and apathy among the American people in face of the drastic economic and social policies that threaten everything from public education, employment and the environment to life itself. Disillusionment and a sense of nihilism has smuggled itself into political debates and essays and perhaps rightly so.

Stephen Hill of Detroit Public Schools: Political Predator and larcenist?

In the latest news we find that a former department chief at Detroit Public Schools and his assistant used secret offices and their own computer system to improperly divert more than $57 million in school funds to vendors who provided little, if anything, in return. But this is not even the half of it as you will read.

Feds investigate Los Angeles Unified School District for Civil Rights Violations

US Department of Civil Rights to  investigate the Los Angeles  Unified School District In 1987 I began work for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a bilingual second grade teacher Los Angeles. The school was PS 122, in South Central LA.  This was a time of increased immigration to the United States from […]

Kansas city Schools: Latest in the race to the bottom

 Massive school closures in KC to be done by fall: The politics of ‘compassionate conservatism” You’ve no doubt heard the dismal news out Wednesday, March 12, 2020.  Kansas City’s school superintendent said he is going to shutter nearly half the district’s schools due to plummeting enrollment and budget deficits.  Perhaps, more grotesque was his […]

Charter Schools, Teachers, and the law

When addressing issues of employment and collective bargaining with classified and certified staff, some states allow their charter schools to bargain independently and directly with staff while others do not. In Arkansas, for example, charter schools are bound by school district collective bargaining agreements and teachers in each of a state’s charter schools have equal access to the public school teachers’ retirement system. In Minnesota, on the other hand, charter schools are not bound by district collective bargaining agreements. Minnesota charter school’s teachers may negotiate as separate unit with the charter school governing body or work independently. A charter school’s bargaining unit may remain part of the school district unit if teachers, the charter school governing board, the local school board and the teachers’ union in the school district agree. In Oregon, a charter school’s teachers may participate in existing