Community college presidents team up with the Lumina Foundation and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce to rapidly privatize the colleges under Obama’s 20/20 plan

Photo of the arrogant face of privatization: James Merisotis, president of the Lumina Foundation Take a look at how the philanthropists like Lumina and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others, smuggle themselves, stealth like, into every nook and cranny of civil society. Photo of the public face of privatization: Eloy Ortiz Oakley, President […]

Transforming education right in front of your eyes: Get ready for the charter school revolution and the Race to the Top

What I will describe has been an ideological undertaking hatched in the back rooms of Wall Street in an effort to back hand the public. Schooling has now been transformed into a business plan and an ominous one at that, if one is interested in safeguarding anything public. The whole plan goes under many names: Charter Management Organizations, Profile Schools, the Diverse Provider Strategy and more. It is an idiomatic and thus ideological undertaking now, a Machiavellian Race to the Top in an effort to convince an unsuspecting community that public schools, the teachers, the unions, along with the students who inhabit them are cretins, or philistines in need of remediation or rehabilitation.