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.
“Soviet style elections” — Ben Austin in response to parents and communities choosing community school plans over corporate charters. The Washington Post’s Jay Matthews is a education columnist, who with absolutely no sense of irony, maintains a blog entitled “Class Struggle.” I mention the irony since Matthews is a pro-charter-voucher corporatist, who has never seen […]
Detroit Loses Race to the Top, thank God: Robert Bobb finally under the gun for ethics violations According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan lost in the 1st round of the federal school funding program known as Race to the Top. However, Detroit teachers and their students know that this is a win for them […]
Education Secretary, Arne Duncan called Hurricane Katrina:
the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans because it forced the community to take steps to improve low-performing public schools, according to excerpts from the transcript of a television interview made public Friday afternoon
What was once a prospering manufacturing city has now been brought to its knees by the policies of neo-liberalism and late stage capitalism. In an article in Time Magazine, September 24, 2009 entitled “Detroit: The death – and possible life – of a great city”, the author, Daniel Okrent states the real problem succinctly: By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit’s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services. The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent
Finally. It’s been over 8 years and someone is realizing that while the No Child Left Behind law, passed in 2001, is a great theory, it is ultimately leaving those they were claiming to help in the dust. With the new Obama Administration, thousands of teachers have been crossing their fingers that President Elect Obama […]