To all defenders of public education: BAMN

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is hosting an International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City on March 16-17. It is by “invitation only” and timed to take place right before the “Celebration of Teaching and Learning” at the NYC Hilton. Duncan will be using this international platform to push the school […]

Wrong Questions = Wrong Answers: Legend of the Fall, pt. IV

Newsweek journalist Daniel Lyons posed a series of questions recently to Bill Gates, a leading and powerful voice in the new school reform movement, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers—highlighting not what we need to address in our public schools but proving further that the media, celebrity/billionaire experts, and bureaucrats are […]

Attending the AFT convention in Seattle and protesting with BAMN and others, the horrific policies of Race to the Top

  The American Federation of Teachers: the Seattle Conference and the opposition to the privatization of education According to the corporate Seattle Times, a lap dog for special interests fanning the flames of school privatization: “Rowdy delegates to a national teachers convention Saturday gave several standing ovations to Bill Gates, whose billions in foundation grants […]

The American Federation of Teachers does Seattle: July 7th through 12th, 2010

The American Federation of Teachers Convention The fight back against neo-liberal educational policies: Support Yvette Felarca for President of AFT Randi Weingarten, the current American Federation of Teacher’s union (AFT) president, supported by none other than Chancellor of Education in Washington D.C., Michelle Rhee, is up for re-election this coming week of July.  The AFT […]

REALM charter school approved in 'secret parliament' by the Berkeley School Board

Yvette Felarca is running for the presidency of the American Federation of Teachers and she better win!  For the stinking politics of Randi Weingarten, current AFT president, mirror the rancid policies of Arne Duncan in the battle to privatize education.  The REALM charter schools (the subject of much reporting here on Daily Censored) were approved in […]

YVETTE FELARCA must replace the current American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten

The representation of the nation’s teachers by AFT president Randi Weingarten has been dispicable.  Every opportunity she can, she is collaborating with the right-wing to sell-out teachers, their students and working parents during a time when all three are feeling the economic crisis and budgetary woes foisted on them by the banksters, Wall Street and their paid courtesans […]

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 […]

Testimony of Dr. Diane Ravitch

Albany, NY, April 22, 2010 Mr. Perkins, you must be a very dangerous and powerful man. Yesterday the tabloids were filled with editorials and articles denouncing you for holding hearings about charter schools; today, there are even more. If charters are public schools and receive public money, why should they object to oversight hearings by […]

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