charter schools

Is Democrats For Public Education Just a Toothless, Cynical Sound Byte?

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:50

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Last month the DNC's Donna Brazile announced the formation of Democrats For Public Education. But with their own Democratic president being the chief pusher of school privatization, nobody really imagines Brazile and other top Dems will publicly oppose the White House and the Department of Education. So is DFPE just a cynical sound byte to liven up teacher union rank and file to go door to door for Democrats in the next presidential election?

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Serial School Privatizer "Chainsaw Paul" Vallas Gets Ready For His Next Job

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:00

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Neoliberalism holds that all human interactions should to be disciplined and mediated by the market. Paul Vallas is the nation's neoliberal chainsaw man on public education. After savaging public education in Chicago, Philly, New Orleans and Bridgeport, he has been summoned home to Illinois by the Democrat governor as his running mate.

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November

Submitted by N.O. Education ... on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:26

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November

by the N. O. Equity Roundtable

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November from N.O. Education Equity Roundtable on Vimeo.

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November from N.O. Education Equity Roundtable on Vimeo.

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools is the first in series of short videos, that reveals the real story behind the creation of the nation's first all charter school district. These videos are made possible with the support of the The Schott Foundation and The New Orleans Education Equity Roundtable. They are produced in partnership with Bayou and Me Productions.

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

A couple years ago, we at Black Agenda Report wondered why the closings of 40 public schools over three years in Philly and 50 schools in Chicago were not national news. The answer of course, was that corporate media and politicians from Romney and Obama down to black mayors and state legislators agree that public education ought to be handed to business groups and charter schools even though privatization is enormously unpopular.

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Freedom Rider:Charter School Corruption

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:33

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Charter schools are the inventions of rightwing corporations and foundations, and serve as profit centers for the filthy rich. Given that these are the people who run American society, it is no surprise that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio “got his head handed to him” when he clashed with charter school interests. “The mayor’s little nod to protecting public education was no match for big money.”

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Chicago, the city the president and his secretary of education hail from, has been the laboratory of corporate education reform and privatization. Among its “innovations” are the mass closings of public schools, and handing over entire schools to the army, the navy and the marines.

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Basketball Mayor Hypes School Privatization, Shoots An Air Ball

Submitted by Seth Sandronsky on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 14:13

by Seth Sandronsky

Charter school operators and their political servants make bogus claims of educational gains – claims that are often passed along as fact by supposedly reputable media. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson is a propagandist for privatization, and an ally of corporations that have a huge stake in undermining public schools. “It is vital to follow the money on issues such as public education.”

Freedom Rider: Et tu Bill Thompson?

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 00:03

 

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Bill Thompson, the Black candidate for mayor of New York City who endorses stop-and-frisk and has reactionary Republicans collecting money for his campaign, is betting that Black people are chumps. “The powerful lobbyists and their clients are making sure that Bloombergism will continue without Bloomberg” – with a Black face. Haven’t we seen that movie before?

Chicago Teachers Build a Movement

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 20:10

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Chicago teachers see themselves as engaged in a movement to defend the public sphere from corporate acquisition. “Wall Street hedge funders and other speculators are betting heavily on school privatization as the next great investment frontier.”

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The Lords of Capital Seize Detroit

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 22:41

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Corporate conspirators have Detroit in their clutches. “Lawyers for Jones Day will be handling the sale of Detroit’s property and the cancelling of its contracts as ordered by another Jones Day lawyer, Kevyn Orr” – which means that “the same law firm is effectively serving as attorney, client, and local government in Detroit.” Democracy abolished, corporate rule installed.

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by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

By the time his term is over, President Obama and his Race To The Top program will have forced the closure and privatization of thousands of inner-city schools, a feat no white Republican or Democrat could have accomplished. But he'll only be president 4 more years. If we can stop this now, his successors won't be able to do this again. Can we? Will we?

Black Agenda TV – Season 1, Episode 2

Submitted by The Editors and... on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 07:26

by Black Agenda Report & BW Moving Images

In this edition of Black Agenda TV

Black America and the Genocide in Congo; African Americans have not used their political clout to stop the killing.

Obama’s Race to the Top Hurts Black Students, Teachers, Communities; Drives school closings and helps charter profiteers.

Black Misleadership Class to Launch “February 30th Movement” to hold President Obama (and themselves) accountable.

Obama's "Race to the Top" is racist;

Ras Baraka for Mayor of Newark;

Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death;

Students Against Mass Incarceration announce Conference on Criminal Justice at Howard U;

Is the EEOC dismissing racial discrimination cases en masse?;

The carving up of Africa has begun.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Buries The Lead Story on National Wave of Public School Closings

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 10:37

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

When print or broadcast news outlets grab a compelling story, only to distract attention away from what the public needs to know, that's called “burying the lead.” That's what Melissa Harris-Perry did in her Jan. 26 segment on whether the nationwide wave of public school closings were “racist” or not.

The African American Achilles Heel

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:27

 

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Black unity has served African Americans well – until now, when the enemy has a Black face. Suddenly, our tried-and-true instincts betray us and our political cognition collapses. Obama’s many crimes fail to register in Black brains. African Americans “filter out any and all information that might shatter the illusion that Obama is all that stands between Black folks and the Devil, himself.”

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