iNACOL IS DELIVERY BOY FOR ALEC’S MODEL LEGISLATION: What’s in YOUR state?

It’s no secret that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has for one of its goals, the privatization (colonization) of public education. It’s no secret that their task force for education policy is routinely co-chaired by leaders from the education technology industry (i.e. Connections Academy). It’s no secret that the education technology industry anticipates the promiseContinue reading “iNACOL IS DELIVERY BOY FOR ALEC’S MODEL LEGISLATION: What’s in YOUR state?”

“COMMON” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education … Part II

Common Goal. Part II. Recap from Part I:  Lamar Alexander and Patti Murray didn’t write the new Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Business Roundtable did. They crafted their own draft called “Principles for Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.” Let me break this down for you. By now, those of us who areContinue reading ““COMMON” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education … Part II”

“COMMON” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education and Our Children’s Futures

Common Goal. Part I. Lamar Alexander and Patti Murray didn’t (really) write the new Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Business Roundtable (BRT) did. See the BRT resounding endorsement for ESSA here. Ok, they didn’t write it in the literal sense. Kind of like ALEC only writes “model”legislation. or maybe as they say it in theirContinue reading ““COMMON” Goal: Corporate Ownership of Public Education and Our Children’s Futures”

If George Orwell Hosted an Education Conference, It Would be This

…..The Pearson CITE Online Learning Conference. First of all…I am NOT making this up. This is not science fiction. This is a REAL event happening next week, Feb 9-11th 2016. Hard to believe. It’s so bad I wish I were making this up. This is not a conference. It’s a trade show. It’s an eventContinue reading “If George Orwell Hosted an Education Conference, It Would be This”

Swindling Our Schools: Baltimore County Style

swin·dle [ˈswindl]  VERB use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions: “a businessman swindled investors out of millions of dollars” NOUN a fraudulent scheme or action: “he is mixed up in a $10 million insurance swindle” synonyms: fraud · trick · deception · deceit · cheat · sham · artifice · This post isContinue reading “Swindling Our Schools: Baltimore County Style”

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