Lumina Foundation: working to reduce and standardize regulations: More on Obama's Race to the Top for higher ed

According to InsideHighered, online, from April 6, 2013: “The Lumina Foundation is putting $2.3 million behind a growing effort to reduce the regulatory burden on institutions that offer online courses to students across state lines, according to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education” (http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/08/06/lumina-backs-voluntary-state-network-distance-ed-regs). Four regional commissions, including WICHE, and a number of other […]

The Lumina Foundation again: prioritizing academic misery

As I have written and commented on for more than a year, The Lumina Foundation has been selected for some time as the wrecking ball against the public commons, especially in terms of higher ed. Lumina is the kitechn cabinet of the Department of Education under Obama and the new Race to the Top for […]

Obama’s 20/20 plan for higher education: using accrediting agencies to destroy community colleges and the case of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Part four

  Introduction In this, part four of the series entitled “Obama’s 20/20 plan for higher education: chump change you cannot believe in”, we will examine just how Obama and the mavens of privatization, Lumina and friends, use accrediting agencies that work to allow what were once called community colleges to live or die.  This is […]

City College of San Francisco and Brice Harris and Lumina Friends

In their treacherously crafted letter to deceive the residents of San Francisco and readers of the SF Chronicle, Mayor Lee and Chancellor Brice have clearly highlighted their disdain for the truth and shown their allegiance to the financial powers that back their sell out of the College that serves the entire community of this City, […]

City College of San Francisco fails to receive Lumina backed accreditation: The fix was in

From:  Dr. Thelma Scott-Skillman Interim Chancellor Dear College Community, We have received the decision from ACCJC. The Commission has decided to terminate City College of San Francisco’s accreditation effective July 31, 2014, approximately one year from now. We are immediately moving forward to request a review on the Commission’s decision per ACCJC’s policy  on request […]

CCSF: Let's get ready to rumble

Today at 4:30 there will be a meeting to bring together the students, teachers, community, and those members of the SEIU who may be responding to Nancy of Radical Women’s invitation yesterday: CCSF Students, Teachers, Classifieds, and SF Community meeting at 4:30 Student Union. All invited including journalists As someone who voted for Prop. A […]

Fools rush in, where wise men never go: SFCC and the destruction of the public commons by the privatized accreditors

A Letter from Tom Brown to California Elected Officials   Leader Pelosi’s office has already been contacted by “Save CCSF” activists and reports are that the staff response revealed a lack of understanding of what’s happening at CCSF. We’re told that someone in the Leader’s office responded by saying “City College tries to do too […]

The two-tiered system for California Community Colleges and the priority que in American Life

In this BBC radio interview you can hear a succinct report about the American toll booth society. Santa Monica College is highlighted as an example of where the two tiered system of education at community colleges is being proposed and resisted.  An excellent interview is done with former Santa Monica college student body president, Harrison […]

World Teachers Day To Defend Public Education & Fight Privatization

10/5 Action On World Teachers Day To Defend Public Education & Fight Privatization Picket And Rally Friday October 5, 2012 4:30 PM At WestEd located at 730 Harrison St. San Francisco October 5, 2012 is recognized as the the International Day For Teachers and public teachers, all education workers and students are under a frontal […]