More on the for-profit front: Corinthian College and the criminalization of education

Senator Dick Durbin Calls For Investigation of Corinthian Colleges and Other For-Profits Merry Christmas to the for-profit college sludge. They fill their stockings with taxpayer monies and leave IOU’s for the citizens of America while stuffing debt socks for students. As for profits continue to get $30-40 Billion annually from the feds (Pell Grants, VA […]

Associated Students of Santa Monica College Resolution in opposition to Open Enrollment Contract Education

From Harrison Wills, former student body president of Santa Monica College, Los Angeles   “There is NO logical reason to privatize and commodify a public service that when properly funded works so well. Education is a human right, a public trust which must not be broken or denied based on ones inability to afford higher […]

CCSF: Let's get ready to rumble

Today at 4:30 there will be a meeting to bring together the students, teachers, community, and those members of the SEIU who may be responding to Nancy of Radical Women’s invitation yesterday: CCSF Students, Teachers, Classifieds, and SF Community meeting at 4:30 Student Union. All invited including journalists As someone who voted for Prop. A […]

Steve Conn, progressive union activist running with a slate of Detroit Teacher´s Union AFT

I first met Steve Conn and his wife Heather at the AFT convention in Seattle in 2010.  At that time the union was under harsh attack by Keith Johnson, a lapog for the privatizers who was busy selling out students, parents and teachers in his rush to ingratiate himself with the new corporate thugs airlifted […]

A Subsidy For Charters

“A Subsidy For Charters” CA Gov Brown’s Tax Initiative “Compromise” Danny Weil Speaks In Berkeley Danny Weil, a charter education expert, journalist,  former public  policy lawyer and activist discusses Governor Brown’s so called  “compromise” tax initiative and what it will really mean for public  education. He calls it a subsidy for charters that will help […]

BAMN: Yvette Felarca, BAMN Presidential Candidate for AFT

The AFT Must Defend Public Education! Act Like a Union! Take Strike Action and Actions in the Streets! Build the New Civil Rights Movement! No New Jim Crow! Arne Duncan Out Now! Elect a Leadership that Fights to Win! We are in an unprecedented situation. We now have a President, who our union uncritically supports, […]

AFT Pres Weingarten Supports Charters, Merit Pay, Green Dot Schools and Attacks UTLA during 2010 Visit to SF: “I started a Green Dot school in New York”!

In the following video (http://blip.tv/laborvideo/aft-pres-weingarten-supports-good-charters-merit-pay-and-attacks-utla-during-visit-to-sf-3538770, you can see what American Federation of Teachers, (AFT) President, Randi Weingarten had to say back in 2010 when asked what plan and strategy AFT had to fight privatization. The video is important for it sheds some history as to where we are and how we got here. In this […]

AFT tries to sell another sham to teachers to deflect weakness and capitulation

Back in June of last year, the American Federation for Teachers launched its brand new ‘lesson plan’ website (http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Other-News/AFT-Launches-Largest-Online-Teacher-Resource-Share-My-Lesson). “Teachers helping teachers—that’s what the AFT is all about and that’s the goal of the union’s brand-new website. Share My Lesson, launched yesterday, is slated to become the nation’s largest online community for U.S. teachers to collaborate and […]

Detroit Teachers Rebel against decades of degradation and the policies of Race to the Top

The Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) has not been much of a leader in working people’s organizations but this might be about to change. The main concern of the union over the years has been to basically protect the bloated salaries and privileges of the trade union executives, like Keith Johnson, the pathetic president of DFT. In fact, union executives have been openly working with the school authorities in Detroit to force hundreds, if not thousands, of experienced teachers to retire, so they can be replaced by a low-wage instructors, forced to work in charter schools without the slightest rights or input on how children are taught nor any control over curriculum or the day to day running of the schools.