The Lumina Foundation, Brice Harris, City College of San Francisco and the privatization of higher education

Readers can take a look at the mendacious and sophistic Brice Harris, the former Chancellor of the Los Rios College.  He is a ‘Lumina Foundation’ made man.  If you do not know what Lumina is, do Google ‘Danny Weil and Lumina’ and you will find out fast that this criminal syndicate, formerly with Sallie Mae […]

The latest from the for-profit college scandal: FTC and Strayer

On October 31, 2013 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a pamphlet entitled, “Choosing A College: 8 Questions to Ask.” The agency’s main mission is “to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers” (ibid). The FTC says it is now interested in protecting students from predatory for-profit colleges that steal around $33 […]

Financial Capitalism and the US teachers’ pension fund fraud

An “internal study” of the California Teachers’ Retirement System (Cal STRS) indicates that the public school pension fund faces a $64 billion deficit, according to the Sacramento Bee, dated  February 4, 2013 (http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/02/california-teachers-pension-fund-faces-64-billion-deficit.html#storylink=cpy=). The California State Teachers Retirement System produced the report in response to a legislative resolution.  The release of the “internal study” followed […]

Capital construction projects bankrupt universities as underwriters rake in millions

Andrew Ross recently wrote a piece for Dissent that is very good.  It concerns the capital construction projects that are appearing at colleges and universities all over the country.  You can read it below: Why has the price tag of an American college degree skyrocketed (500 percent in the public sector since 1985) in recent […]

Railroaded: CA Governor Brown wields austerity axe while forcing voters to decide on high speed rail

The following is from Steve Miller: Steven Miller has taught science in Oakland’s Flatland high schools for 25 years. He writes about the corporate agenda of austerity and privatization of public education and public resources. Back in March, the CFT dropped the Millionaires’ Tax and agreed to support a compromise proposition with Governor Jerry Brown. […]

PRIVATIZATION IS A KILLER: Zombie Takeover at the UC Regents’ Meeting

    Come out with us to protest the Regents’ most recent plans to consider a 20.3% fee hike for the Fall if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative (Prop 30) is not approved by voters. Let them know enough is enough! We refuse to have the budget balanced on the backs of students and workers, […]

Me and Mister Brown.

I think Jerry Brown helped me get a reputation as a conservative radio commentator. That didn’t last long.

Leonard J. Martin for State Superintendent of Public Instruction of California

There is an alternative to the corporate candidates in the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the upcoming California primary elections. Not just a candidate who isn’t entirely beholden to corporate interests, including the lucrative charter-voucher industry, but a candidate with a progressive platform. That candidate is Leonard J. Martin of Santa Clarita. […]

California Scheming: killing public pensions for workers

California is dying! With their so-called concern for the fiscal responsibility of California, the front and center of their demolition policies, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday, the 22ndd of April, that they supported controversial plans to rein in the costs of retirement benefits for public employees.  They say the […]