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Saying No To Naviance: Active Non-Cooperation Is The Best Form of Resistance

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Of course the point of Naviance is to preemptively erase people like me. It won’t do for scrappy, critically thinking, non-cooperators to remain on the board when gameplay begins. The “college and … Continue reading Saying No To Naviance: Active Non-Cooperation Is The Best Form of Resistance

Big Picture Learning Off Limits

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears.  In December 2016, the School District of Philadelphia signed onto a $23 million contract with Big Picture schools. The organization, based out of Rhode Island (on track to become the first “personalized” learning state) presently … Continue reading Big Picture Learning Off Limits

The Weekly Update: Eli Broad’s how-to guide on closing schools and disaster capitalism up close and personal

This has been a ghastly and heart wrenching week in education around the country but particularly in Philadelphia and Chicago where hundreds of schools are slated for closing. The dream of a charter school in every pot, or rather every community, is coming to past for Eli Broad and his ilk. Just  close the public schools and open up charter schools. Mission Accomplished. Squeeze out the funding for public schools, grade schools with an A through F, label schools as failing and voila! You have closed as many public schools as necessary to keep those charter schools afloat. But unfortunately, … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Eli Broad’s how-to guide on closing schools and disaster capitalism up close and personal

The Weekly Update: The fate of Philadelphia schools is our fate as well; poverty in America and Rupert Murdoch gets into the action. Oh yeah, and ALEC.

The Weekly Update: The news you might have missed. We’ll start with Reuters this morning: Smaller U.S. budget for smallest citizens – report Over the next decade, the report predicted, the largest drops in federal spending will be in education. The cuts have left states scrambling to make up the loss of federal funds or let certain programs languish. Among developed countries, the United States ranks 15th in education spending as a percentage of gross domestic product and 32nd in public spending on family benefits in cash, services and tax measures, according to 2007 data from the Organization for Economic … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The fate of Philadelphia schools is our fate as well; poverty in America and Rupert Murdoch gets into the action. Oh yeah, and ALEC.

Weekly Update: The charter school debacle in New Orleans, eight year olds grading their teachers in Georgia and more on Bill Gates

The Weekly Update: News you might have missed. With Initiative 1240, the charter school  initiative backed by Bill Gates who has provided $1M to the cause, looking like it will be appearing on the ballot this fall, more folks are starting to talk about charter schools in our state. Fortunately the word so far is that most people don’t want charter schools, just like the last three times it was voted on in a general election. Folks in our state want their schools to be adequately funded. Period. Someone sent me this comment that was posted on the Seattle Schools … Continue reading Weekly Update: The charter school debacle in New Orleans, eight year olds grading their teachers in Georgia and more on Bill Gates

Philadelphia and the attempted coup of their school district

By now you hopefully know what is happening in Philadelphia. There is a plan underfoot to privatize as many schools as possible in the district. Here is an excerpt from an article that I posted previously, For Philly public schools, barbarian is Gates : Into the Philadelphia School District’s state of fiscal desperation rides Bill Gates. Who can say “no” to free money when you are so deep in the hole? But the money is not free, and the price is the democratic procedure in the city and the state under which the community and its elected leaders make informed … Continue reading Philadelphia and the attempted coup of their school district

Philadelphia and the privatization of a school system

We first made note of what was going on within the Philadelphia school system last year with the post Who Will Run Philadelphia’s Schools? Bill Gates? Then in the Weekly Update : The Philadelphia horror story this month, I described how the schools in Philadelphia were to be privatized by closing neighborhood schools and populating the urban landscape  with charter chains. This wringing of hands over the economy and finding that enough of a reason to close public schools and replace them with the corporate vision of sanitized and privatized education has become the model for the takeover of our school … Continue reading Philadelphia and the privatization of a school system