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Court Rules Michigan Not Responsible for Quality Public Education

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in early November that the state has no legal obligation to provide quality public education to students in a struggling school district.

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How a Businessman Funnels Public Education Funds for Charter Schools Into Private Companies

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.

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A Chronicle of Echoes

Teaching in the American public school system, in another 10 years, could be reduced to a temp job or a micromanaged performance scripted by corporations. Who are the people behind this implosion?

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Truthdigger of the Week: JoAnn Wypijewski

The Nation magazine journalist asks us to consider whether the internment of hundreds of public school teachers in district gulags is part of the ongoing effort to privatize education.

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American Race and Education Disparities Begin in Preschool

Black students are more likely to be suspended from American public schools than their white classmates, even as preschoolers, a new report has found.

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Levi’s Labor’s Loss

The assimilation of workers into the mindset of corporate financiers through service sector work constitutes a kind of anti-education for young university students.

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The End of American Imperialism As We Know It

Countries such as Chile may finally come out from under the control of the corporate-owned U.S. government; Americans are aware of the contents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement only thanks to WikiLeaks; and are zodiac signs effective indicators of disease? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push for ‘Autonomy’ From States

Public universities say they want more flexibility, but such plans threaten the college dreams of low-income students.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Facing the Beast: What Broke American Education?

Two new books about the woes of public education stake out opposing views of the problems, and the solutions, all wrapped up for you in this New York Review of Books essay review.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Another Win for the Koch Brothers: Underfunded Public Schools

The American working and middle classes aren’t the only sectors still suffering the effects of the Great Recession. Public schools have yet to regain their economic footing, either. That fits in perfectly with the dreams the Koch brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has of dismantling the system, and democracy itself.

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Henry Giroux Against Bill and Melinda Gates

In a Truthout video interview about his recent article “When Schools Become Dead Zones of Imagination,” social critic Henry A. Giroux describes the neoliberal capture of public education as “an attempt to move away from understanding students as young people who have a voice, who have a sense of creativity, a sense of possibility.”

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When Schools Become Dead Zones of Imagination

Like the dead space of the American mall, the school systems promoted by billionaire un-reformers and titans of finance such as Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, the Walton family and Michael Bloomberg offer the empty ideological seduction of consumerism as the ultimate form of citizenship and learning.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Where Education Is ‘Sold to the Highest Bidder’

The attack on the spirit of higher education is exemplified in the installation of former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a neoliberal archfiend of public schooling, as president of Purdue University.

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An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Good schools are essential to democracy and prosperity—and it is our collective responsibility to educate all children, not just a fortunate few, according to a manifesto on the Education Opportunity Network. To rebuild America, we need a vision for 21st-century education based on seven principles, it urges.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Back to $chool

It was the greatest education system the world had ever seen, accessible and affordable, a door with a welcome mat into the ivory tower, an invitation to a better life. Then California politicians bled it dry.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE



Time Out: Let’s Talk About Race

A mistake on Time magazine’s latest cover has opened a nationwide conversation about race and ethnicity; Rick Santorum belittles American public education, calling it an “anachronism”; is the U.S. finally done with Afghanistan? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Jeb Bush’s Digital Drive Against Public Schools

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is leading the bipartisan push to digitize American education. In and out of office, he’s helped develop a national model that funnels taxpayer funds to private companies, sucker punches public employees and unions and sets him up for election as a champion of education reform.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Michigan Mauls Public Education

In the ongoing, hitherto successful, conservative-led effort to divert education money to corporations, Republican lawmakers in Michigan are exploiting the economic downturn to push a set of initiatives that would outsource teaching jobs, curtail collective bargaining rights and defang teachers’ unions. (more)

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A British Perspective: How U.S. Universities Became Hedge Funds

A U.K. journal offers a great primer on why our public universities—especially California’s—are in such a dismal state these day.

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



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The Elites Are Having a Tea Party

Taxes are the best weapon against the kind of self-perpetuating Ivy League elitism so despised by the tea party.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



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‘3, 6, 9, 12, Budgets Cuts Can Go to Hell’

In retaliation against California’s tuition hikes and education budget cuts, students from across the state kicked off a “Day of Action and Strike in Defense of Public Education” on Thursday with assemblies, walkouts and teach-ins. The action was part of a national protest.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE


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