A decline in public education and making higher education largely unaffordable except to those willing to become indentured servants for most of their lives means we are becoming more and more like a third world country.

The very idea of fully funded public education has been declining for some time and will have a calamitous effect on our future if not reversed.

The reason I have so many references is to show this is a steadily increasing trend that I continuously update. It is not a vanishing blip on the radar. Failure to deal with this trend will have disastrous consequences for the future.

The Democrats Are Not the Answer

I offer no defense of Trump or republicans who have also  been trying to systematically destroy public education for decades.  See Beware the Trump Administration. Rhetoric aside, however, in actions the democrats have been voting for the same objective. See  The Democratic Party is the More Effective of Two Evils

There is a bipartisan tradition to appoint to the post of Secretary of Education someone who has no experience teaching beyond a few college courses and believes the best way to improve education is to cut funding and get tough on teachers and their unions. Obama not only continued this tradition, by appointing Duncan as Secretary of Education, he has appointed the most hostile person to public education in the history of the office. The actions of his crony Chicago Mayor Emanuel against public schools is equally shocking. Of course Trump and his Education Secretary DeVos are just as bad or worse, but the bigger point is downgrading public education has been a bipartisan activity for decades.

The only public comment Obama has made on education (not counting generalities and sound-bites) praised a principal for firing teachers in mass and suggests teacher unions are the sole cause of all of our educational problems and charter schools the sole solution. If we are serious about addressing declining educational standards then those with no educational experience or background have to stop blaming, micromanaging, and underfunding teachers. We cannot "win the future" by underfunding and disrespecting teachers. Of course Republicans are doing the same thing. The point is this is one of many areas where democrats pretend to be different but in policy are not different. See references 1, 2, 4, 21, 35, 37, 48, 49, 53, 54, 55, 58, 65, 67, 80, 85, 109, 114, 124, 149, 150, 156, 161, 170, 171, 183, 188, 191, 192, 193, 195, 219, 240, 277, 292, 297, 304, 311, 324, 336, 337, 338, 345, 381, 389, 390, 391, 404, 408, 413, 416, 417, 419, 424, 436, 440, 495, 503, 583, 624, 631, 662, 689, 698-701, 735-739, 743, 745, 748, 751, 757-759, 773, 806-808.

Education Problems Documented in Below References

  • Downplaying social studies, constitutional civil rights, art, PE,  history
  • "Teaching" science by memorizing facts rather than using critical thinking
  • Omitting climate change or evolutionary biology
  • Emphasizing common core so rich people and corporations can get richer by undocumented testing
  • Privatizing education by eliminating evil public school teachers in favor of charter schools
  • taking away tenure by laws and federal agencies such as Teach For America (TFA)

The below references indicate declining education is a nation wide problem and the policies of the Democratic/Republican Uni-Party are only making it worse. Turning our back on the public school system and making a higher education increasingly unaffordable are sure ways to pave the way for long term decline.

The March 2015 issue of National Geographic headlined "The War on Science" and covered increasing superstition on climate change, evolution. the moon landing and vaccinations. We are on very dangerous ground and this is a worrisome trend. Making the public schools a scapegoat will only worsen things.

Clearly the powers that be are playing a long game. We need to as well. 


1-Why President Obama Must Remove Arne Duncan As Secretary of Education
2-The Obama Paradox
3-Archery in the Dark
4-"Teachers Letters to Obama" on Facebook here.
5-Comcast Gives Obama & $500,000 Charter Schools Shill Sharpton a Permanent MSNBC Gig
6-Teacher Pay: U.S. Ranks 22nd Out Of 27 Countries
7-The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries
8-"Poverty Is the Problem" With our Public Schools, Not Teachers' Unions
9-You Made a Difference
10-Joel Klein Refuses To Say If There Is A Firewall Between Fox News And News Corp’s New K-12 Education Business
11-When Reforming Education Means Destroying Communities
12-The Attack on Public Education
13-Why the United States is Destroying its Education System
14-Amid ‘Turnaround Agenda,’ Teachers, Communities Overshadowed by Corporate Reforms
15-Teacher Salaries and the Medieval Bloodletting of the Public Schools
16-Chester Upland: State Special-ed Formula Drains Millions from District
17-Black Teachers Fired En Masse
18-Rick Santorum's 'Snob' Lob Against Obama Brings GOP Governors To President's Defense
19-VIDEO: Stop Destroying Public Education! Lawyer & CTC Fired Whistleblower Carroll Speaks Out
20-OccupyAustin Mic Checks Arne Duncan
21-Obama Applauds Mass Firing of Teachers, Just Like When He Applauded the Mass Firing of Banksters. Oh wait...
22-Anti-Teacher Union Rhetoric Is Not Supported by Test Data
23-School’s Shake-Up Is Embraced by the President
24-Have Our Schools Become Educational Plantations?
25-We Don’t Need No Education
26-The Assault on Public Education
27-Why Isn't Closing 40 Philadelphia Public Schools National News?
28-Income Inequality & Educational ‘Performance’
29-School Closings Come To Atlanta This Week, To Your City Next Week: It's Time To Dump Arne Duncan
30-Chicago Teachers Gear Up for a Fight
31-The Continued Destruction of Public Schools by Profit Seeking Charter Schools
32-Ten Years of No Child Left Behind: Disaster Capitalism in the Schools
33-The For-Profit College Racket
34-No State Initiated Charter Schools in Georgia
35-Democratic Split Over Education Reform Tested By Hollywood Movie
36-‘Won’t Back Down’: Realities the Movie Ignores
37-Teacher’s Unions in Tension With Democrats in Charlotte
38-Student Loan Debt Crisis Continues to Escalate
39-Selling the Soul of Public Education
40-Pearson 'Education' - Who Are These People?
41-Texas GOP Platform Opposes Teaching "Critical Thinking Skills" in Schools. The Stupid, IT BURNS!
42-As Paul Ryan Lines Up Behind Rahm, the Scheme to Privatize Chicago Schools Becomes Clear
43-Four Reasons Chicago's Teachers Are On Strike
44-Corporate-Led Education Reform Movement Ignores Solvable Problems to Carry Out Its Agenda
45-Charter School Bait and Switch
46-Chicago Teachers Swiftboated by For-Profit Charter School Operator
47-Stand Against Rahm!
48-The Real Problem with Rahm’s School Reforms in Chicago
49-Stubborn Facts About Obama Education Policies That No Amount of Convention Sugarcoating Can Cover Up
50-REPORT: America Is Failing To Send Students From Less Educated Households To College
51-Does It Pay to Become a Teacher?
52-The Goal for CTU is Better Schools, Not Better Pay
53-Obama’s Education Secretary Far From Neutral When It Comes to Chicago Teachers Strike
54-How Things Look to a Returning Chicago Teacher
55-Rahm: President Obama Supports Me Against Striking Teachers
56-Give TIF Money to Schools, Not Hyatt Corporate Welfare
57-The Worst Teacher In Chicago
58-Myths vs. Facts in the Chicago Teachers Union Strike
59-5 Biggest Lies About America's Public Schools -- Debunked
60-Number of Countries with Nominal or No Fees for Post Secondary Education
61-Charters Do Not Outperform Unionized Schools
62-The Death of the Golden Dream of Higher Education
63-On Both Sides of the Border, Teachers Fight Corporatization
64-A Short “Education Reform” Primer for the 2012 Presidential Election
65-Obama Privatizes Public Schools: Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire
66-Why Are Finland's Schools Successful?
67-College Students Learn of Obama's Secret Pell Grant Cuts
68-How Grossly Underfunded Are Public Schools?
69-Downward Mobility Haunts US Education
70-Disturbing Statistics for College Graduates
71-Another Loss for Tony Bennett
72-Is Education a Human Right or a Privilege for the Wealthy?
73-A Teacher in Finland Explains Why her Educational System is the Best in the World
74-The War Against Teachers as Public Intellectuals in Dark Times
75-In Teaching Climate Change, Politics Trumps Science
76-Privatizing Public Schools: Big Firms Eyeing Profits From U.S. K-12 Market
77-Watchdog: CPS Too Lax on Ethics Oversight of Vendors
78-The New Tests Will Survive Even if the School Doesn't
79-Michelle Rhee to Actually be Held Accountable by Press for Once
80-Obama's Race To The Top Drives Nationwide Wave of School Closings, Teacher Firings
81-Corporate Interests Pay to Play to Shape Education Policy, Reap profits
82-Three States Pushing ALEC Bill To Require Teaching Climate Change Denial In Schools
83-UNO's Charter School Contract Pipeline
84-Melissa Harris-Perry Buries The Lead Story on National Wave of Public School Closings
85-Obama facing school “turnaround” civil rights complaints
86-Desperate US students seek “arrangements”
87-School turnarounds prompt community backlash
88-State Cuts to Higher-Ed Funding FY 08-13
89-Why judges say charters are NOT public schools— students and parents should be nervous
90-Anti-Science Bills Weighed in Four States
91-Public schools lose millions to crooks, cheaters
92-Why is former Governor Jeb Bush pushing Common Core State Standards?
93-Corporations Advise School Closings, While Private Charters Suck Public Schools Away
94-Florida House to School Districts: You Have to Give Your Unused Buildings to Charter Schools – For Free
95-Bush’s Education Foundation Contacted Other States’ Employees to Influence Louisiana School Board Races
96-Standardized Tests: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly
97-Violence Against Teachers – An Overlooked Crisis?
98-Chase Madar: Handcuffing Seven-Year-Olds Won’t Make Schools Safer
99-Over Easy: Predatory Education
100-Charter Schools USA Stonewalls in Refusal to Answer Questions About Relationship With Bush Foundation
101-Chomsky: The Corporate Assault on Public Education
102-Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose Common Good
103-Fighting Creeping Creationism
104-Getting rich off of schoolchildren
105-Has another venue of education scholarship sold out?
106-Interactive Map: Voucher Schools Teaching Creationism
107-Kasich’s budget plan lowers aid to public schools, boosts privately run charter schools
108-Over Easy: Predatory Education
110-The Country That Stopped Reading
111-Why Does the US Chamber of Commerce Want to Train or Replace Your Elected School Board, If They Haven't Already?
112-$43,056 bonus to charter teacher at ‘D’-rated school
113-Chicago announces mass closing of elementary schools
114-Chicago Public School Closings to Cost Taxpayers $1 Billion
115-Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System
116-Climate debate cut from national curriculum for children up to 14 - Exclusive: New draft guidelines for key stages 1 to 3 criticised by scientists for 'abdicating duty to future generations'
117-Conservatives Use Creationist Playbook to Attack Climate Change Education in Schools
118-Corporations Are Behind The Common Core State Standards — And That's Why They'll Never Work - Why do we keep enforcing more and more standards and testing that educators don't trust?
119-States have cut higher education funding deeply in recent years.
120-Journey for Justice: Mass School Closings and the Death of Communities
121-Parents, teachers rally for public schools
122-L.A. Teachers Block Corporate Donor Attempt to Buy School Board
123-Protest Of CPS School Closings: Arrests, Tangled Evening Commute Stem From Loop Rally
124-Race to the Top : Obama's War on Public Education 1/2
125-School Closures Pit Race And Poverty Against Budgets
126-Smart low-income kids aren’t applying to good colleges
127-With Vouchers, States Shift Aid for Schools to Families
128-Bill Gates Dances Around the Teacher Evaluation Disaster He Sponsored
129-Brown v. Board Reduced Crime: And now re-segregation is leading to a spike in violent crime among young black men.
130-Detroit Schools Emergency Manager Gets Accolades as Children Fall Further Behind
131-As Tuition Rises, Opportunities Shrink
132-The Test Score Racket
133-Student Loan Victimization
134-Interest Rates on Student Loans Set to Double Even as Students Fall Deeper Into Debt
135-The Growing Burden of College Fees
136-The road to the massive cheating scandal in Atlanta (NYT 3/30/2013) runs right through the White House.
137-Why The State Board Will Have To Revisit REPA II Teacher Licensure Rules
138-30 years after report, schools remain at risk
139-More Money for Education?
140-Union says teacher evaluation plan has race bias
141-BREAKING: Michigan Teacher’s Unions Lose in Court
142-Brooklyn Charter School Targets Rich, White Parents, Enrollment Plan Shows
143-Walmart heirs 'invest' $8 million in StudentsFirst's school privatization agenda
144-Florida schoolgirl charged with felonies for science experiment
145-Where Tuition is Free
146-Henry A. Giroux | The War Against Teachers as Public Intellectuals in Dark Times
147-Learning the Hard Way: The False Promises of Standardized Tests
148-Lincoln Park High School Students Walk Out in Support of Fired Teachers
149-Obama education secretary, Michigan governor promote school “reform”
150-Obama’s Race to the Bottom
151-Secret Teacher: are you teaching in a climate of fear? - Pressure of Ofsted inspections and a data-driven culture is destroying staff morale at Secret Teacher's school
152-Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System
153-Student Debt
154-Students fighting for their future - and ours - in Santiago, Newark, Chicago
155-School Closures Disproportionally Hurt Black and Low Income Students
156-The Chicago Public Schools & The CTU Have a lot of Questions to Answer
157-The gap between school reform rhetoric and reality in 3 cities
158-Who Is Profiting From Charters? The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy, Financial Scandal and Corruption
159-Yoo hoo to the AFT and NEA: Support the Garfield teachers, for real
160-Michigan District Fires All Teachers, Closes Every School
161-Ed Beat: Small Success; Ponzi High; Mixed Up; Quiver; Dark Shadows; Classless; Chicago
162-Ed school dean: Urban school reform is really about land development (not kids)
163-Education Reform in the New Jim Crow Era
164-Michigan town shuts schools, lays off all teachers over budget crisis
165-The U.S. Government is Making More from Student Loans than every Fortune 500 made in profit last year.
166-Illinois Teacher In Trouble For Informing Students Of Fifth Amendment Rights Prior To Drug-Screening Survey
167-Time to Stop Waiting for Superman
168-Granito de arena (Grain of Sand)
169-Mapping billionaires and charter schools
170-Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51 Billion Profit
171-Obama's Betrayal of Public Education? Arne Duncan and the Corporate Model of Schooling
172-Student Debt and the Crushing of the American Dream
173-TheExhaustion of the American Teacher
174-The inconvenient truth of education ‘reform’
175-Will Teacher Prep Academies Replace Schools of Education?
176-Wisconsin “Pay for Performance” Plan Shorts Low-Income, Urban Students
177-Award-winning Virginia teacher: ‘I can no longer cooperate’ with testing regime
178-Chicago Closes 50 Public Schools, Spends $100 Million in Taxpayer Funds on Private College Stadium
179-Where Does Data Come From? Replacing "Teach"er with "Test"er!
180-EDUCATION: We reject indentured servitude and support Student Debt Emancipation
181-How school reform preserves the ‘status quo’ — and what real change would look like
182-James Meredith asks 21 tough questions about school reform
183-Marching in Chicago: Resisting Rahm Emanuel’s Neoliberal Savagery
184-Moyers Moment (2012): Heather McGhee on Student Debt
185-New data shows school “reformers” are full of it: Poor schools underperform largely because of economic forces, not because teachers have it too easy
186-Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond
187-Philly Closes 23 Public Schools, Generously Builds $400 Million Prison Where Kids Can Hang Instead
188-Rahm Emanuel Tied To Firm Astroturfing Protests Against Chicago Teachers Union
189-Sallie Mae’s Profits Soaring at the Expense of Our Nation’s Students
190-Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’
191-Chicago schools facing cuts under new funding system
192-Chicago School Closings And The Joyce Foundation: The Obama Connection
193-Chicago Teachers Union blasts mass firings dictated by post-strike contract
194-Common Core Turns Students Into Lab Rats
195-Mayor Rahm Offers Schools Grand Bargain: Teachers or Toilet Paper
196-Doubling student loan interest rates will turn a generation against Congress
197-Editorial: Bennett's credibility called into question
199-Fighting for Our Classrooms, and for the Human Beings Inside Them
200-How Corporate Greed Is Starving Our Public School System - The total cost of K-12 educational cutbacks in recent years is about equal to the amount of state taxes left unpaid by these companies.
201-How Predatory Reformers Are Destroying Education and Profiting at Our Children's Expense: Online courses can't replace the good old fashioned teaching methods we once pioneered but are now driving Finland's educational success.
202-Meanwhile, Bennett’s – and Florida’s – Charter Schools USA Problem Explodes
203-N.Y.U. Gives Its Stars Loans for Summer Homes
204-New data shows school “reformers” are full of it - Poor schools underperform largely because of economic forces, not because teachers have it too easy
205-Public Education Suffering from Parasitic Profiteers
206-Sacramento District Ignores Report Suggesting Closing Schools for Affluent White Kids, Instead Shutters Seven Schools Filled with Poor and Minority Kids - "The district applied an arbitrary and illegitimate standard to target schools that are predominantly high in low-income and minority populations."
207-Survey: Teachers Digging Into Own Pockets to Buy Education Products
208-The Real War on Teachers
209-Universities Selling Out Important Research to Corporate Overseers - UC Regents recently approved a new corporate entity that will likely give a group of well-connected businesspeople control over how academic research is used.
210-The True Size of the Student Debt Crisis
211-The Student Loan Debt Crisis in 9 Charts - Nearly $1 trillion in debt, millions in unpaid loans: the numbers behind how Americans are struggling to pay for college.
212-“Indescribably insane”: A public school system from hell

213-8 Things You Should Know About Corporations Like Pearson that Make Huge Profits from Standardized Tests - Bush's No Child Left Behind Act and Obama's Race to the Top grant program means testing giants are raking in the dough.

214-A warning to college profs from a high school teacher
215-Pearson 'Education' -- Who Are These People?

After Student Protests, Sallie Mae Becomes 50th Corporation to Dump ALEC - See more at:

216-After Student Protests, Sallie Mae Becomes 50th Corporation to Dump ALEC

After Student Protests, Sallie Mae Becomes 50th Corporation to Dump ALEC - See more at:
After Student Protests, Sallie Mae Becomes 50th Corporation to Dump ALEC - See more at:

217-Anti-piracy curriculum for elementary schools decried as ‘propaganda'

218-Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City

219-Chicago Teacher: Inhumane Working Conditions are Inhumane Learning Conditions

220-Diane Ravitch: School privatization is a hoax, “reformers” aim to destroy public schools - Our public schools aren't in decline. And "reformers" with wild promises don't care about education — just profits

221-For All Our Good, Let Student Debtors Go Bankrupt

222-For-Profit Colleges Thrive, Veterans Suffer

223-Indiana: Grade Manipulation Found
224-INSANE: Common Core forces new kindergarteners to bubble in test answers
225-Mercedes Schneider Explains: Who Paid for the Common Core Standards
226-Newsflash: 800 Ed Reformers Meet in Boston Today

227-Our Schools Are Not For Sale

228-Parents Voice Concerns About Common Core: NY Dept of Ed Cancels Further Hearings

229-Principal Tells Parent: You Can’t Talk About Common Core
230-Special Needs Child “Suspended Indefinitely” For Drawing A Cartoon Bomb

232-Underpaid 83-Year-Old Professor Died Trying to Make Ends Meet by Working Night Shift at Eat an' Save - The sad financial straits of Margaret Mary Vojtko is the latest tragic example of how adjunct professors are mistreated.

233-Why ALEC Fabricated Public School Failures (and Why We're Not Surprised)

234-Why the racist history of the charter school movement is never discussed

235-4 Myths about Teacher Unions

236-A Nation Fails Its Youth When Millions Go to College Presidents, Not Students

237-A new ‘no excuses’ school reform mantra

238-A ridiculous Common Core test for first graders

239-War on Public Education Undernews

240-Does Arne Duncan Realize that Teachers and Students Are Dying?

241-Alexandria teacher fired despite no negative evaluations

242-Baltimore County teachers file grievance over workload from Common Core - Grievance is unusual because it is on behalf of all 8,700 teachers

243-Common Core isn’t the best way to teach our children

244-Cost of boarding up shuttered Chicago schools triples to $30.9M

245-(updated) Ohio charter school fail, and fail, and fail, and future fails

246-Five years in prison for homeless mom that sent her child to school

247-Christel House Academy falls from A to F; blames testing errors

248-Dumbing Down America: The Decline of Education in the US as Seen From Down Under

249-Education Background of those who developed Common Core

250-Federal government books $41.3 billion in profits on student loans

251-Following Common Core money: Where are millions of dollars going?

252-Indiana State Board of Education should resign

253-Historians speak out against proposed Texas textbook changes

254-How ‘Limited Government’ Is Burying a Generation in Debt

255-Indiana: GOP Plan to Privatizatize Public Schools Revealed

256-Inside the multimillion-dollar essay-scoring business: Behind the scenes of standardized testing

257-'It Feels Like Education Malpractice' - What one woman learned from 10 years of teaching in a New York City public school

258-James Meredith asks 21 tough questions about school reform

259-K-12 student homelessness in US hits record high - report

260-Keep fighting for public education – or face the consequences that other countries are facing NOW.

261-Meet the Bullies

262-Milwaukee Voucher School Shut Down as Republicans Introduce Bill to Expand Private Charter Schools

Milwaukee Voucher School Shut Down As Republicans Introduce Bill to Expand Private Charter Schools - See more at:

263-Want to teach your students about structural racism? Prepare for a formal reprimand.

264-Mom packs kids homemade lunch; school fines her and feeds kids Ritz Crackers

265-New data shows school “reformers” are full of it: Poor schools underperform largely because of economic forces, not because teachers have it too easy

266-NJ Governor Screams at Teacher: ‘Do Your Job!’

267-Lawsuit filed today in NY State Court to block inBloom and protect student privacy

268-Ohio’s Largest Taxpayer-Funded Charter School, ECOT, Receives Bonus Check

269-Our Schools Are Not For Sale

270-Poor ranking on international test misleading about US student performance, researcher finds

271-Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income - A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students.

272-The Real 21st-Century Problem in Public Education is Poverty

273-A Call to Arms From Oz to American Academics

274-Public schools beat private schools - A pair of education researchers have a new take on which schools work — and why

275-The Seven Blind Mice of Education Reform: A Field Guide

276-How Teachers Can Save Their Careers - What Veteran Teachers Should Do to Protect Themselves From Being Driven out of the Profession

277-Sorry, Michelle Rhee, but our obsession with testing kids is all about money - Rhee, Nicholas Kristof and Arne Duncan exaggerate test results again to advance an ugly anti-public school agenda

278-Teacher slams scripted Common Core lessons that must be taught ‘word for word’

279-Teachers Were Never The Problem: Poverty still lies at the root of the U.S. ‘education crisis.’

280-Texas school tosses 6th grader’s breakfast in trash after he can’t pay 30 cents

281-Ripping Off Young America: The College Loan Scandal

282-The real 21st-century problem in public education

283-D.C. schools gave 44 teachers mistaken job evaluations

284-The Real Number Of Hours Teachers Work In One Eye-Opening Graphic

285-The World’s Oldest First Grader and the Decline of US Education

286-These 11 Leaders Are Running Education But Have Never Taught

287-They're College Grads. They're Doing Real Work. But They Can't Even Make Minimum Wage?

288-This is how much your kid’s school’s budget has been cut K-12, 2008-2014

289-Top authors — including Maya Angelou — urge Obama to curb standardized testing

290-Principal Compares Whistleblower to Murderer “Adam Lanza”

291-We Need Great Leaders Now More Than Ever

292-What Arne Duncan said in Haiti

293-Why Milwaukee Voucher Students are Returning to Public Schools

294-Father Arrested for Trying to Pick up His Special Needs Children from School

Father Arrested for Trying to Pick Up his Special Needs Children from School
Father Arrested for Trying to Pick Up his Special Needs Children from School
Father Arrested for Trying to Pick Up his Special Needs Children from School
Father Arrested for Trying to Pick Up his Special Needs Children from School

295-any book by Diane Ravitch

296-6 Reasons why the Common Core Standards are a big fail: The facts down and dirty

297-9 things the mayor doesn't want you to know about charter expansion in Chicago

298-AFT asks Pearson to stop ‘gag order’ barring educators from talking about tests (update)

299-Are Charter Schools Really 'Helping Poor Children'?

300-Bronx teacher thrown in jail after criticizing principal

301-Charter School Pirates of Privilege Plunder Public Schools

302-Charter Schools and the Destruction of Public Education

303-Charter Schools Gone Wild: Study Finds Widespread Fraud, Mismanagement and Waste

304-Arne Duncan slams teachers, says they come from the bottom of the academic barrel.

305-Chris Hedges: Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

306-Columbia Tosses Out Star Faculty Researchers for Failing to Pay 80% of Their Own Way

307-Corporate School Reform Equals Educational Malpractice

308-Crunching Test Scores Isn’t Enough to Educate Our Kids


310-UPDATED: For-profit charter celebrates "Teacher Appreciation Week" w/ compulsory teacher humiliation

311-Despite Community Pleas, Three Chicago Schools Slated for Privatization

312-Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education Than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

313-DOJ to Schools: Stop Sending Kids to Jail for Breaking the Rules

314-Education Hackers: They’re Heeere

315-Low Wage Earners are far more educated than they were in 1968.

316-Teachers were never the Problem: Percent of Low Income Students in the Public Schools

317-Scholastic and Big Coal Team Up to Bamboozle 4th Graders

318-The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges

319-EXCLUSIVE: Charter school group spends $3.6m on TV ads attacking de Blasio - For the last three weeks, Families for Excellent Schools has run ads to blast Mayor de Blasio over his decision to stop three Success schools from using space inside public school buildings.

320-Science and Oil Don't Mix: Wyoming becomes First State to Reject New U.S. Science Standards for Schools - Legislators say Economy is at Risk.

321-Four tough questions about charter schools

322-Has Teach for America reached its Waterloo?

323-Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

324-How Michelle Rhee Is Taking Over the Democratic Party - In a major shift, education reformers are now influential at the highest levels of the party once dominated by the teachers unions.

325-IL Teachers’ Union gives $1/4 Million to ALEC Chairman. Betrayal or Incompetence?

326-Indiana withdrawing from Common Core standards

327-Infographic: Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools

328-Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.

329-Kindergarten teacher: Too many tests, 'no time to play'

330-IL AFL-CIO endorses governor who cut union employee pensions – for teachers, etc. Why?

331-New teacher evaluations: Search and destroy missions rather than efforts to improve instruction?

332-Appeal Court Vindicates 7,000 Fired Educators

Appeal court vindicates 7,000 fired educators

333-Newark school boss Anderson cracks down on critics, suspends five principals in one day

334-North Carolina man arrested for confronting son's bullies

335-Pay Our Teachers or Lose Your Job. North Carolina is pushing its best educators out. We have to do something.

336-Obama Administration Rakes In Billions Off Student Debt - 'The student loan program isn’t about helping students or borrowers—it’s about making profits for the federal government.'

337-Obama pushes program to turn public schools over to corporations

338- Obama’s Lawless Ed-Reform Push

339-Oprah’s Star Charter School in New Orleans Is Closing Down

340-Paul Horton: Why Obama's Education Policies Will Not Change and Why "Change is Hard"

341-Philly school district broke, but the pay is good

342-Baton Rouge’s Rich Want New Town to Keep Poor Pupils Out: Taxes

343-Houston-area mentor pays delinquent lunch accounts for more than 60 kids

344-Principal stopped school’s shaming free lunch kids with hand stamps, says it got her fired

345-President Obama Throws Teachers Under The Train

346-Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap Reward

347-School Fires Principal For Not Shaming Low Income Kids With Hand Stamps

348-Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover

349-Public Education Going the Way of Netscape Navigator? Common Core, Bill Gates and BATs

350-Public Education: Who Are the Corporate Reformers?

351-Wake Schools: 600 teachers have quit this school year

352-Scathing Report Finds School Privatization Hurt Poor Kids

353-See What City Wants To Fire Americans So They Can Hire Illegals As Teachers

354-Charter school to open near gated community in Harnett County

355-Stop Blaming Black Parents for School Achievement Gaps

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356-Death threats and denial for woman who showed college athletes struggle to read

357-Teach for America’s hidden curriculum: The history of TFA reveals the ironies of contemporary education reform, class inequality and the liberal agenda

358-Teach For America’s unspoken alliance with the one percent

359-Teacher misconduct in CPS?

360-Teachers & Children Last: California Trial Showcases the Corporate War on Public Education

361-Teachers Are Losing Their Jobs, But Teach for America’s Expanding. What’s Wrong With That?

362-The American Public School Under Siege

363-The Myth Behind Public School Failure: In the rush to privatize the country’s schools, corporations and politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.

364-The Real Number Of Hours Teachers Work In One Eye-Opening Graphic

365-The School Nobody Wanted - Except the Community:  The closure of Sarah T. Reed Senior High School in New Orleans will usher in the first school district in the country with no publicly-run school

366-Real Cost of College

367-Glen Ford: Corporate Assault on Public Education

368-Public Schools for Sale?

369-Voucher School Takes Money, Dumps Student

Voucher School Takes Money, Dumps Student

370-What Applying to Charter Schools Showed Me About Inequality - Charters are not a comprehensive solution to public education's problems.

371-With A Brooklyn Accent

372-Charter Schools are Cheating Your Kids: Report Reveals Massive Fraud, Mismanagement, Abuse

373-Life in the Emerging Police State     

374-Newark parent leader arrested, jailed, after criticizing state plan to close schools.

375-Wyoming is 1st state to reject science standards

376-You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

377-You won’t believe the lenient punishment for this kindergartener-dragging principal

378-Charter Schools Fail: New Reports Call Their ‘Magic’ Into Question

379-"finnish first"

380-Alternative Visions – Billionaires vs Teachers: The Vergara Court Decision in California – 06/14/14

381-Arne Duncan Threatens Entire State Of Oklahoma Because State Backed Out Of Common Core

382-Scholastic and Big Coal Team Up to Bamboozle 4th Graders

383-Boston Public Schools to Eliminate History & Social Science Departments

384-Breaking with Tradition in Wisconsin: Public Schools

385-California court ruling signals nationwide attack on teacher tenure, seniority rights

386-Are Charter Schools Todays Version of Sub Prime Mortgages? (video)


388-Charter Schools: The Education Equivalent of Subprime Mortgages

389-SEC hits Chicago charter school operator with fraud charges

390-Chicago principal publicly slams Mayor Emanuel and says he is ‘insulting’ educators

391-Emanuel continues assault on city's teachers

392-Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media - Tuition is up 1,200 percent in 30 years. Here's why you're unemployed, crushed by debt -- and no one is helping

393-Comment: “Why Tech Still Hasn’t Solved Education’s Problems”

394-Conflicts Of Interest, Public Education, The AFT/NEA Corruption Through Non-Profits (video)

395-Congratulations to Class of 2014, Most Indebted Ever

396-CPS announces more than 1,000 staff layoffs

397-Death of an adjunct: Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor of French for 25 years, died underpaid and underappreciated at age 83

398-States are fighting new science curriculum teaching climate change and evolution

399-Ex-charter school CEO admits $70K tax fraud

400-For-profit education chain Corinthian College implodes


402-Gresham Elementary Principal No Longer Has Keys To School After Sit-In

403-Higher Education Leaders who know nothing.

404-In 2016, Democrats Have Good Reason to Run Against Obama's Education Record The political weakness of the common core, charter schools, and other reform ideas

405-Hoosier School Heist: The Book with the Dirt on School Privatization

406-How to Pay for a Free, Non-Racist Higher Education

407-In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

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

409-Fuzzy Math - The guesstimate that struck down California’s teacher tenure laws.

410-KS-Gov Brownback Expels Teachers..

411-LA Judge Objects to School Police Getting Millions Reserved for Struggling Students

412-Age of Ignorance

413-Mayor Rahm to Prosser High: Beat it!

414-Mississippi Cuts $1.3 Billion from Schools, Gives $1.3 Billion to Nissan

415-New York City’s Teachers Adrift, Victims of Reform

416-Obama alums join anti teachers union case

417-Played for Suckers: Obama’s People Show Their True Colors

418-Oklahoma House Committee Rejects Science Standards Over Teaching The ‘Hyperbole’ Of Climate Change

419-One Year After Chicago Closes 50 Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union Assesses the Lies and Lasting Damage

420-Parents Blast Climate Denial In Schools: ‘You Have To Teach Real Science’

421-Principals Given Just 24 Hours to Make Way for New Success Academy Schools

422-Protections of Teacher Tenure Do Not Hurt Students

423-Report: Charters Creating Two-Tier Education

424-Robert Gibbs To Lead National Campaign Against Teachers Unions

425-Five Ways Charter Schools Are Bad for Children and Other Living Things

426-School That Banned Honors Night For Being Too ‘Exclusive’ Decides Not To Be National Laughingstock

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

428-Sixty Years After Brown V. Board,Black Teachers Are Disappearing---Again  The desegregation of American schools put Black teachers on the chopping block. What's taking them out of schools now?

429-Government Profit from Student Loans

430-The attack on public school teachers

431-The Con Artistry of Charter Schools - Once an effort to improve public education, the charter school movement has transformed into a money-making venture.

432-The Cost of Education

433-The Federal Hand Behind Common Core

434-The greening of the American teacher: Scarcity of experienced educators is not a chance development, and it is ruining US schools

435-The Jaw-Dropping Prison Pipeline No One Talks About - No one would argue that learning disabilities don't exist or shouldn't be diagnosed, but let's take a step back to see what happens to some kids who get that label.

436-The Obamas’ Race to the Bottom

437-The Problem with the AFT Offer for Teachers to “Rewrite” the Common Core

438-The Whole Problem With Education In America, Explained By One Teacher In 6 Minutes

439-University of Illinois fires professor Steven Salaita after Gaza massacre tweets

440-Why Does the Obama Administration Keep Getting It Wrong on Education Policy?

441-Why Hedge Funds Love Charter Schools

442-America's teachers some of the hardest working lowest paid in the world, check that, selfish, greediest and laziest around.

443-How Higher Education in the US Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps - Higher education is not what it used to be, and that's no accident.

444-Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

445-Private Student Loan Debt - Financial Awareness for Students and Cosigners

446-NPR Whitewashes Charter Schools and Disaster Capitalism in New Orleans

447-Gates Funding Spurs Doubts over Pubmedia's Impartiality in Education Reporting

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448-Proposed Texas textbooks are inaccurate, biased and politicized, new report finds

449-States are fighting new science curriculum teaching climate change and evolution

450-Struggling With Student Loan Debt Over Age 50

451-Student loan debt surges for senior citizens

452-Proposed Texas textbooks teach climate change skepticism - "Scientists disagree about what is causing climate change," one newly proposed textbook reads.

453-Why I hate standardized tests: A teacher’s take on how to save public education: Thanks to tests, my students' minds have been downsized -- while corporate interests profit. Here's the answer

454-The California PAR Program- How Teachers Unions Have Collaborated in the Removal of Veteran Teachers and Helped “Whiten” The Teaching Profession.

455-Wealthy Donors and Corporations Set Think Tanks’ Agendas

456-Questioning the Charter School Hype

457-A Chronicle of Echoes

458-A heartbreaking act of staggering cowardice

459-American Teachers Spend More Time In The Classroom Than World Peers, Says Report

460-Another Study Finds Unaccountable Charter Schools Dogged by Corruption

461-Charlotte School Shuts Down 20 Days into School Year

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462-Charter School Power Broker Turns Public Education Into Private Profits

463-Chomsky: There's an Overt Corporate Effort to Indoctrinate American Children: The academic talks about education and indoctrination, ISIS, and the media in a new interview.

464-Denver Students Walk Out in Protest of Conservative Takeover of Curriculum

465-Education With a Debt Sentence

466-Fountain Hills school board fires longtime elementary teacher, Pam Aister

467-German universities scrap all tuition fees

468-How Rich Old White Men Are Taking Lunch Money Away From Inner-City Black Kids

469-Noam Chomsky: Corporate business models are hurting American universities - The linguist and philosopher on the Walmartization of higher education, and what we can learn from John Stuart Mill

470-Parents pay the price for children’s student debt

471-Rocketship to Profits: The Super-Rich Shape Education in Their Own Image

472-Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns Salon some cities will soon have none: "Why destroy public education so that a handful can boast they have a charter school in addition to their yacht?"

473-SRC cancels teachers' contract

474-Texas’ New Public School Textbooks Promote Climate Change Denial and Downplay Segregation

475-The Joys of Abolishing Debt

476-The Resurgence of the Public Education Nation

477-The University of Illinois Fails on Academic Freedom and Free Speech: Why the Salaita Case Matters

478-The witch-hunting of Steven Salaita and the new McCarthyism

479-These Are the Worst Colleges in America - Many of these colleges are dropout factories, where students are unlikely to graduate and prices, debt levels, and student loan default rates are high.

480-Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Private Universities Than at Public Universities

481-Why the Racist History of the Charter School Movement Is Never Discussed: Touted as the cure for what ails public education, charter schools have historical roots that are rarely discussed.

482-A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colorado - The local school board has plans of censoring the curriculum so that events pertaining to civil disobedience or disorder will be eliminated from Advanced Placement United States history. A growing group of students protests the planned changes.
509-Bill easing prosecution of teachers for harmful materials get Kansas Senate’s OK

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642-Gov. Sam Brownback is cutting aid to Kansas schools by $44.5 million

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712-How a Grassroots Revolt Against Testing May Change Education
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740-America the Illiterate  by Chris Hedges
806-How Did Education Embarrassment Betsy DeVos Come to Power? Our country has broken into Trumpocalypse—and unqualified Cabinet members like DeVos are the horsemen.
807-As Lawmakers Accuse DeVos of Lack of Regard for Students, Her Own Staffer Admits 'Things Have Gotten Pretty Awful Here' "What do you mean, there's no data?" a lawmaker asked Secretary of Education during tense hearing. "There is study after study after study."
816-Neil DeGrasse Tyson Takes Science Deniers to the Woodshed: 'Fringe Information Is Unraveling Our Democracy'
The astrophysicist fears for America's future as a leader of the free world.  
817-New York's Greatly Hyped Success Academy Tainted by Racist Board Members and Radical Right-Wing Money:
Yet another Success Academy Board member has a long history of making incendiary racial comments.
843-Cashing In On Trump’s War on Universities - Republicans are gutting U.S. education; Canada — with boldness — can reap the benefits.
844-Classrooms, Not Computers (an organization)
852-How History Classes Helped Create a 'Post-Truth' America  The author of Lies My Teacher Told Me discusses how schools’ flawed approach to teaching the country’s past affects its civic health.
855-National Teachers Group Confronts Climate Denial: Keep the Politics Out of Science Class   The association urged science teachers at all levels to emphasize that 'no scientific controversy exists regarding the basic facts of climate change.'
872-Charter Schools Are a Major Dividing Line for the 2020 Democratic Candidate  Education Fights in Pennsylvania Point the Way - Charter schools now cost Pennsylvania taxpayers over $1.8 billion annually and account for over 25 percent of the state’s basic education funding
874-Charter schools are starting to look a lot like payday lenders and for-profit colleges  The daily drip of charter school scandals is revealing an industry that often preys on those they claim to be trying to help.
876-The decline of trust in science “terrifies” former MIT president Susan Hockfield - If we don’t trust scientists to be experts in their fields, Hockfield says on the latest episode of Recode Decode, “we have no way of making it into the future.”
878-Florida: The Graveyard of American Public Education - Remember that Betsy DeVos points to Florida as a model.
881-Where are the teachers? Thousands of unfilled teaching jobs threaten education in Kentucky.

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890-Teacher Salaries Fell 4.5% Over the Last Decade - The gender gap contributes to disparities in pay between teachers and similarly educated professionals.
892-The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders - There's a reason kids are more anxious and depressed than ever.
893-There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts - Students are paying higher tuition than ever. Why can’t more of that revenue go to the people teaching them?
894-Things Didn’t Go Well When Betsy DeVos Was Confronted With Her Department’s Charter School Fraud - One billion awarded by the federal government’s Charter Schools Program (CSP) went to charter schools that never opened or opened for only brief periods
895-DeVos Denounced for Student Debt Relief Rule Change That Critics Say 'Takes a Scythe to Defrauded Borrowers' - "With this policy overhaul, Secretary DeVos has cemented her legacy as best friend to predatory colleges and enemy to the students they rip off."
905-West Virginia Senate passes sweeping education bill to ban teacher strikes - The bill would allow schools to fire workers for striking and withhold pay on strike days.
908-Educator: There's A Mass Teacher Exodus, Not Shortage - Tim Slekar, Dean Of The School Of Education At Edgewood College, Says Testing Accountability To Blame
912-Betsy DeVos To Promote School That Bans Transgender Students And Staff  The education secretary is set to visit a Catholic elementary school in Pennsylvania that has an explicit anti-trans policy.
919-USA ranked 27th in the world in education and healthcare — down from 6th in 1990  America continues to tread water in healthcare and education while other countries have enacted reforms to great effect.
925-Exclusive: ‘Older teachers bullied to breaking point'  Union says bullying is 'rife' in order to drive out expensive older teachers, while psychotherapist reports 'massive increase' in teachers seeking counselling
932-The Education Reform Movement Has Failed America. We Need Common Sense Solutions That Work.
935-'Flat-Out Corruption': DeVos Accused of Scheming to Stop Next President From Canceling Student Loan Debt  "Normally the rich are moderately more subtle about rigging the system in their favor. They're scared."
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commented 2020-09-08 12:48:02 -0700 · Flag
Yikes. We are in trouble in area we do not even know about. Education is the basic of survival.