Netflix to settle out of court: CEO Reed Hastings Educational Role model New Orleans

The case was filed in The United States district Court, Northern District Court of California, San Jose District in California (http://www.videoprivacyclass.com/Portals/0/Documents/In%20Re%20Netflix%20Privacy%20Litigation%20Preliminary%20Approval%20Order.pdf) as a putative class action suit brought by former Netflix subscribers, Jeff Milans and Peter Comstock (collectively “Plaintiffs”), alleging the way Defendant Netflix, Inc. (“Netflix”), a provider of video-by-mail and internet services, retained and […]

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 […]

Tenure, merit pay, Washington D.C. and Forida

It’s all for the kids right? Sure, ask Jerry Lewis the next time you see him at the bank, if you do. The metaphor or analogy to capture this sad sack saga would be like beating up on parents so they could parent better. But the pundits, the right wing think tanks, the billionaires who fund the mess and the political finger-puppets that legislate it all into law have no interest in raising student achievement and don’t let them ever let you believe this. Just look at their motives, their record and those for whom they valet for.

Toronto Board and Media Kick Off the “Choice” Campaign

By George Thompson A number of factors paved the way for the Ontario government to launch its new “choice” campaign with the announcement of both gender segregated and magnet schools on March 26th through Chris Spence, the Toronto school board director and through the Toronto Star, which has become the mouth of the Liberal Party. […]

Alberta’s “Choice” Program Starts to Close Public Schools, but Still No Word on Privatization

By Guest Blogger George Thompson, Although it is clear that “parental choice” has always been the number one lever of education privatization in America, it is much too early for it to be exposed or discussed in the Canadian context, where strong public systems of education and other essential services such as health care have always […]

The way privatization of education was done in New Orleans is the model for the billionaires and Race to the Top today. If we are not educated as to the circumstances within which we make these choices and well informed as to the implications for our society and our children that each educational choice brings, we may awaken to find a system not of our own making, one instead that is constructed to do the bidding for those who conceive, control and otherwise make the educational ‘choices’ as to how we are going to live

Detroit Teachers fight obsequious politicians, union bosses and privatizations plans

“Of all the civil rights for which the world has struggled and fought for 5,000 years, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental…The freedom to learn…has been bought by bitter sacrifice. And whatever we may think of the curtailment of other civil rights, we should fight to the last ditch to keep open […]

Taking a school field trip: Philly schools and 'Imagine 2014'

Taking a School Field trip: visiting Philadelphia to try to imagine, ‘Imagine 2014’ The tragedy that is becoming public education is metastasizing all over the nation. Hear anything on national news? Of course not, they are bought and paid for by the corporations that own them like GE, Disney, Fox, etc. which is why I […]

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