"The tragedy of the Public Commons": California City College and the neo-enclosure movement in education

Readers who are familiar with the controversy over the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC’s) failure to accredit the once community college, are also familiar with the Lumina Foundation and the role it played in assuring that CCSF would not be re-accredited. College and university […]

The War on Public School Teachers New Unions, New Alliances, New Politics

From:  the Bullet Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 854 July 22, 2013 Michael D. Yates Michael D. Yates is Associate Editor of Monthly Review and Director of Monthly Review Press. This article appeared on his blog CheapMotels and a Hotplate.org. The U.S. working-class was slow to respond to the hard times it faced during and […]

Carl Herman radio interview on public education's failure to address the 1%'s abuse of dictatorial power

source: Carl Herman Phil Mikan, a New England radio host, interviewed me for an hour on November 16th, 2011 on the topic of to what extent public education is designed to address and avoid the concentration of power and wealth in our world of the present. The interview is here.  

Really, How Much Longer?

I despair for this country.  The rich keep getting richer and things like Arizona refusing to pass on Federal money to the unemployed through extended benefits keep happening to the poor.  The republicans keep going after the old people because even if some old guy swings a rake or something, he won’t hurt anybody.  Take […]

VOICE OF DETROIT: The city's independent newspaper, unbossed and unbought

Picture of the march to save Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit Voice of Detroit is an independant news zine out of Detroit.  You can read more about Detroit teachers, schools, parents and the struggle to save public education from the pernicious privatizers. You can find them at:  http://voiceofdetroit.net/

Shanta Driver of BAMN and the new Jim Crow

Shanta Driver, a spokesperson for BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) appeared on the Thom Hartmann show and Russian TV today (Monday the 25th of April) to speak about the closing of public schools in Detroit.  You can see the interview with Shanta regarding the Cathy Ferguson Academy in Detroit and other issues regarding the fight for public […]

Free and fair elections for Detroit Federation of Teachers presidential seat to be held again

Picture of current ‘president’ of DFT, Keith Johnson The Detroit Federation of Teachers membership meeting voted 84 - 49 to hold a new DFT Officers election, at its meeting last night.  This is huge victory for the defense of public education in Detroit!  Please attend our meeting Saturday February 12th at 4:30 at 19484 James Couzens to plan our immediate next steps […]

Berkeley School Board to vote on the proposed REALM charter school: Will faith-based charter schools coupled with oligarch and philanthro-capitalist largess improve public education?

The issue I am about to attempt to analyze is pressing and I call for all of you who wish to protect public education to please contact Yvette Felarca, [email protected], National coordinator of the By Any Means Necessary coalition at www.bamn.com, (510) 502-9072 to oppose the privatization of Berkeley public schools and to resist the first step towards implementing this plan for privatization by the REALM charter school, scheduled to be approved on February 3, 2010 at the Berkeley Unified School District Meeting.

The REALM charter school, of which I write and that which is the subject of the Berkeley Unified School District’s upcoming decision, will be either approved or disapproved at the February 3, 2010 Berkeley School Board meeting. This is an important opportunity for you, the citizens of Berkeley and beyond, to register your protestations over what, if approved, will steer the course towards the privatization of Berkeley public schools. You can contact school board members and the Mayor of Berkeley by e-mail or phone:
Karen Hemphill, President (2010)
[email protected]
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Vice President (2012)
[email protected]
Nancy Riddle, Director (2010)
[email protected]
John T. Selawsky, Director (2012)
[email protected]
Shirley Issel, Director (2010)
[email protected]
Valeria Gonzalez Student Director (2009–10)

Contact Information for the BUSD Board of Directors:
Individual email addresses above or
[email protected] will send your message to all of the Board.
Voicemail: 510-644-6550

Things are heating up this week in struggles around public higher education in California.

Below are two events happening Tues., Dec. 15th. While both are in the Bay Area, the notice of the UC action says informational picketing will take place on all UC campuses. And it’s likely that actions may be slated for other community colleges. So if you’re not near the Bay Area, look for what’s up in your area.