De'Von Burt, Detroit student leader, speaks out!

I don’t agree with the ideology of charter schools and what they can do. I have been a proud BAMN student organizer in BAMN for at least 8 months now (since October, 2009 and present) and I’m doing my best to defend public education. Another thing about BAMN is that they support student activism; I do also!

Report on March and Rally to Defend Public Education and where we go from here in our struggles

Readers- As you know I have spent a great deal of time bringing you the news regarding the efforts of ‘By any Means Necessary’, or BAMN (www.bamn.com) and their efforts to stop privatization city by city, but especially in Detroit.  I have done this for the purpose of letting readers know about the struggles against […]

BAMN attorneys representing the elected Detroit Board of Education will ask Judge Wendy Baxter for a preliminary injunction to stop Emergency Financial manager of Detroit and Eli Broad Academy graduate Robert Bobb’s academic plan and school closings.

  Picket and Press Conference Friday, April 16, 1:00 pm City/County Building Woodward & W. Jefferson   Court Hearing, 2:00 pm Room 1421, Judge Wendy Baxter Stop Rob Bobb from Dismantling Public Education in Detroit No More Charters, No School Closings, No Layoffs, No Program Cuts Our Children are NOT For Sale! BAMN, the Detroit Board […]

Help us, please! We are your kids!

Arne Duncan and his billionaire boyz club have been operating in secrecy for too long. It is time to make this a national debate, demand MSNBC and CNN, the corporate press, to cover this issue with the same exhaustive and energetic coverage they give to ‘C’ Street’ or the daily news of the republican and democratic shenanigans.

Charter school in mobbed-up New Jersey refuses to release public records

But what is it that the school board of Oceanside Charter School is trying to hide? Could it be that documents or meeting minutes might show further corruption or indicate collaboration or put the light on some conspiracy hatched with public monies by charter administrators, the board or employees?

New Research on State Crimes Against Democracy

New Research on State Crimes Against Democracy By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff New research in the journal American Behavioral Scientist (Sage publications, February 2010) addresses the concept of “State Crimes Against Democracy” (SCAD). Professor Lance deHaven-Smith from Florida State University writes that SCADs involve highlevel government officials, often in combination with private interests, that […]

A harrowing week of educational news: Detroit and Philly

You can’t make this stuff up!   For all readers: A bit of news from the decks of the Titanic.  The activities follow the criminal threat and assault pattern emerging in the zero-tolerance atmosphere of American culture.  One involves Detroit teachers; the other involves students. I have attempted to view the serial crimes of the […]

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 […]

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.