The latest news from the for-profit criminal college sector

The following is a compilation of the recent spate of news on the for-profit college front.  The scurrilous organizations continue their parasitic activity unabated.  However the built in contradictions of their business plan to deliver little if any education while maximizing profits are coming home to roost. More and more of the public are waking […]

Concord Law Symposium Violates Disclosure & Conflict of Interest Rules: Parsasites looking for a host

Concord Law , Kaplan University’s on line law school, which is owned by the Washington Post Company, is holding an “academic” symposium On Oct 29, 2011 entitled” Privacy vs. Free Speech in the age of Mass Media, 21st Century Communications and Social Media”.  Concord   decided to utilize 21st Century communications to promote the symposium using a […]

Virtual learning as the next con job – The Kahn Academy

I first became aware of The Kahn Academy, its plans for ‘reforming education’ and its ebullient Executive Director, Sal Kahn when I was sent a video of Kahn speaking at a TED conference (you can see the twenty minute video at http://www.khanacademy.org/ along with other videos of Kahn speaking at similar engagements).  For readers who […]

$1.6 million dollar settlement agreement entered into by the DoJ and Kaplan 'University', the blood bank for the Washington Post

The following is the Department of Justice’s announcement from July 22, 2011 that they have finally settled the qui tam suit with whistleblower and former employee, David Goodstein and one other whistleblower regarding the fraud called Kaplan University and in this case the ‘Surg Tech’ program which was the subject of the qui tam, or […]

Michigan: The Shock Doctrine

  Michigan Schools facing bankruptcy: The Shock Doctrine at play More than 150 school districts and charter schools in Michigan are teetering on the edge of going broke, a situation that is likely to get worse under Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget cuts of $470 per pupil. These are the districts that have been so […]

Koch Brothers: Clear Right-wing Strategy to go After Labor Unions in the United States

The billionaire brothers whose political action committee gave Gov. Scott Walker $43,000 and helped fund a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign against his opponent during the 2010 gubernatorial election have quietly opened a lobbying office in Madison just off the Capitol Square. Charles and David Koch, who co-own Koch Industries Inc. and whose combined worth […]

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, […]