New allegations of racist practices at for profit colleges emerge

  On Wednesday April 11 2012 Courthouse news reported Joseph Simpson, a former dean at for profit school Anthem Career College, filed a lawsuit in Federal Court alleging Anthem fired him for protesting racist hiring practices and the cheating of workers out of overtime pay.   According to Courthouse news the complaint stated “Ms. Nash […]

Occupy the Department of Education

   Picture of Ceresta Smith At the Education Week, Teacher — a blog, Ceresta Smith and Tim Slekar are interviewed by Oakland teacher, Anthony Cody.  the blog can be found at: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/03/teachers_and_parents_prepare_t.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter  The interview: Last summer many of us marched to protest the US Department of Education’s policies at the Save Our Schools march in Washington, […]

For-Profit Colleges: Separate but not equal and the New Jim Crow

School segregation and the doctrine of separate but equal were the law of the land until 1954 when the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v Board of Education: We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. . Sixty years […]

Jay Matthews of the Washington Post: Five reasons for profit colleges will survive

On November 27th, 2011 ‘education’ writer, Jay Matthews of the Washington Post, wrote a defense of for-profit colleges.  One can only infer that his bosses, CEO Donny Graham and his sister Lally commanded Matthews to write the piece.  This is how the paper works:  journalists are tightly watched and their coverage must be in allignment […]

Diversity and the Rise of Majority-Minority Schools

In the “Historical Notes” conclusion of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the reader discovers through a darkly biting satire of academia that the world of the novel’s main character, June/Offred, developed in part through the shifting proportion of races in the U.S. and throughout the world. The shift in majority and minority status among races […]

Elmo isn’t Gramsci for kids and the mythical soft bigotry of low expectations

We address the soft bigotry of low expectations so that we may ignore the hard racism of inequity. — John Kuhn Although this footage isn’t new and commentators have already discussed it, it deserves reexamination since it illuminates one of the core false tenets of the corporate education reform canon. [click here if you can’t […]

Whistleblower Exposes How Kaplan University Cheats Low-income Minority students and The Washington Post Benefits

Private Vocational College—Kaplan operates vocational training programs that over enroll students using Federal loans that leave low-income student indebted and unemployed. A whistleblower source has come forward to expose how CHI/Kaplan, in Broomsall, Pennsylvania over-enrolled students by the hundreds and then abandoned them before internship placement.  The sources stated,  “I’m one of the good guys […]

SPECTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM

CENSORED IN 1991: THE SPECTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM No one segment of society should have a monopoly on clean air, clean water, or a clean workplace; nor should any one segment be targeted for society’s wastes. Nevertheless, some individuals, neighborhoods, and communities are forced to bear the brunt of the nation’s pollution problem. People of […]

Charter Schools Excacerbate Ethnic, racial and class divisions while feeding into a politics public meltdown

In a study of ethnic and class stratification in fifty-five urban and fifty-seven rural charter schools in Arizona done for the Education Policy Analysis, a nonprofit think-tank some ten years ago, researchers noted that nearly half the charter schools studied exhibited evidence of substantial ethnic separation (Cobb and Glass 1999, 1). They concluded that subtle […]