Haiti Converting to Charter Schools: More Disaster Capitalism

The success of the New Orleans “disaster capitalism” project in which the public school system was taken over by charter schools during the re-building after Katrina, has led to similar developments in other destitute places of the world. Haiti, is a prime example. International philanthropy  is poised to rebuild the struggling country’s education system through loans […]

Is Arne Duncan clinically a paranoid schizophrenic?

Education Secretary, Arne Duncan called Hurricane Katrina:

the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans because it forced the community to take steps to improve low-performing public schools, according to excerpts from the transcript of a television interview made public Friday afternoon

Hitting bottom at the top - White House forgets to lead on Haiti

People are dying in Haiti because they can’t get out, Dr. Green said. Shala Dewan, New York Times, January 29 Many of us wanted to think that the dreadful behavior during the Bush administration was some sort of aberration. We had a relatively clean election and ended up with a more intelligent and compassionate president […]

ONTARIO ADVISOR FULLAN TEAMED WITH PASTOREK IN NEW ORLEANS REFORM: CHARTER SCHOOLS ON ONTARIO’S “NEXT HORIZON”

Guest Blogged by George Thompson Premier McGuinty’s Special Advisor on education and the architect of Ontario’s reforms, was also a key advisor to the Louisiana superintendent, Paul Pastorek, in directing the post Hurricane Katrina reforms which led to America’s charter-dominated city. Katrina had presented an opportunity for what Naomi Klein refers to as “disaster capitalism”; […]

Teacher's Unions and Charter Schools: Taking Race to the Top Money and Starving public schools, their teachers and students

Since charters control their own employee pay and hiring decisions, opposition from teachers unions or pre-existing collective bargaining agreements are less likely to be an issue for them. A considerable amount of money could be at stake. The state plans to apply for $300 million, which would be split between statewide initiatives and block grants to participating districts. Earlier estimates from the department of education put potential funding for Louisiana, widely considered a strong contender for a share of the money, at $250 million..

So the plan is clear as it has been for some time. Use charter schools as a Trojan Horse to then break the backs of public teacher unions which means both a race to the bottom for students and a race to the dungeons of history for teachers.

A PERFECT STORM: Massive Ontario School Closures Seen as “Opportunity” by Privatizers

By Guest Blogger George Thompson Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, outlines how “disaster capitalism” is geared to quickly take advantage of crises as opportunities to expand areas of profitable corporate activity. She cites how the New Orleans crisis brought about by Hurricane Katrina was instantly seized upon as an opportunity to replace public schools with […]

THE EMBARGO: NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE FAILURE

The UN General Assembly voted  overwhelmingly to end the US Economic, Financial and Commercial Embargo of Cuba. The Cubans claim the embargo cost them over $242 million in 2008 alone. The embargo, Cuba claims, makes foreign capital unavailable because investors face possible sanctions for doing business with Cuba. Public opinion polls – elite business opinion agrees – […]