The Virtual Charter School: The new rat in town

For young Jaime, Tori and Hope Leonard, they wake up at 6:30 a.m. and by 7:30 they get dressed and they are – virtually – in school, without ever leaving home. Like all children who are home- schooled, the two sisters don’t even have to leave their house. But unlike home-schooled children, the Leonards are actually enrolled in a public school — a virtual charter school that is part of the Wisconsin, Appleton Area School District about 100 miles away. Because her children are enrolled in Wisconsin Connections Academy, Leonard pays nothing, the school is public

Virtual Charter Schools: The new 'rat' in town

Virtual Charter Schools: Getting a public education without the ‘meddlesome and fickle’ public The Virtual Charter Movement: Connections Academy and the Wisconsin Virtual Academy Charter School (WIVA)      For young Jaime, Tori and Hope Leonard, they wake up at 6:30 a.m. and by 7:30 they get dressed and they are - virtually - in school, […]

A “Smart Power” Coup in Honduras

By SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDÉS “If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine  will go far.” -President Theodore Roosevelt, 1903 “I am going to teach the South American republics to elect good men.” -Woodrow Wilson, […]

Supreme Court Empowers the Transnational Corporate Class to Buy Congress Through Domestic Corporations.

Supreme Court Empowers the Transnational Corporate Class to Buy US Congress Through Domestic Corporations. Manchurian Candidates: Supreme Court allows China and others unlimited spending in US elections By Greg Palast | Updated from the original report for AlterNet Thursday, January 21, 2010 In today’s Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the […]

Haiti Then and Now

World capitalism has never forgiven Haiti for being the home to the only fully successful slave revolt nor for becoming the first independent nation of African peoples (1804). At the point of a gun (12 French warships with 200 cannons, to be exact) they forced Haiti to pay today’s equivalent of $23 billion as the […]

Obama's Clover Over Dover

It’s been eighteen years since the media was accustomed to exhibiting the rituality and solemnity that surrounds the act of transporting fallen soldiers to their final resting place. In the desolate hours of the morning on October 28th, President Obama made an unannounced and unexpected trip to Dover, Delaware, the landing site of all war-fallen […]

Democratic Socialism Moves Forward in Venezuela

Democratic Socialism Moves Forward in Venezuela By Peter Phillips Democracy from the bottom is evolving as a ten-year social revolution in Venezuela. Led by President Hugo Chavez, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela ((PSUV) gained over 1½ million voters in the most recent elections November 23, 2008. “It was a wonderful victory,” said Professor Carmen […]