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  • 2014/06/20: WSWS: Dilapidated, overcrowded public schools in the Philippines
  • 2014/06/19: WSWS: Charter school companies in US face corruption charges
  • 2014/06/19: WSWS: A damning exposure of the assault on public education in the US
    [Book Review] _Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools_ by Diane Ravitch
  • 2014/06/16: Asia Times: South Korea education war heats up
  • 2014/06/13: CPunch: Exploiting the Myth of the "Bad" Teacher -- The Assault on Teachers Unions
  • 2014/06/13: WSWS: The California teacher tenure ruling and the war against public education
  • 2014/06/04: WSWS: New Orleans Recovery School District set to convert entirely to charter schools
  • 2014/05/22: uComics: (cartoon - Wiley) The "Now What?" Generation
  • 2014/05/22: JQuiggin: Campus reflection
  • 2014/05/21: RealEconomics: The higher education racket
  • 2014/05/20: TruthDig: Study: Highest-Paid University Presidents Benefit From Soaring Student Debt and Low-Wage Adjuncts
  • 2014/05/18: IPS-DC: The One Percent at State U
    New report finds that student debt and low-wage faculty labor are rising faster at state universities with the highest-paid presidents.
  • 2014/05/21: WSWS: US public universities: Study finds link between growth of student debt and executive pay
  • 2014/05/14: CPunch: An Interview With Mercedes K. Schneider -- Bill Gates and the Push to Privatize Public Education
  • 2014/05/14: CBC: Prof. Robert Buckingham fired after criticizing Saskatchewan university plan
    Prof. Robert Buckingham had tenure revoked and was escorted off campus by security The head of the University of Saskatchewan's School of Public Health was fired this morning after he spoke out against the school's TransformUs restructuring plan.
  • 2014/04/28: JQuiggin: Stratification in tertiary education
  • 2014/04/26: JQuiggin: Joining a sinking ship
    According to news reports, Education Minister Christopher Pyne is going to reprise his successful Gonski exercise of last year with an attempt to remodel the Australian university system along US lines...
  • 2014/03/31: CBC: 20 years later, Sask. teacher mails student-penned letters
    For decades, Bruce Farrer has saved teens' letters to future selves
  • 2014/03/25: WSWS: Obama’s 2015 budget continues attack on public education
  • 2014/03/24: NYT:PK: Layoffs in Maine
  • 2014/03/20: WSWS: Newark, New Jersey school official threatens to fire one third of district’s teachers
    Newark, New Jersey Public Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson, citing falling student enrollment as well as budget shortfalls, announced her intention to lay off 1,000 of the city’s 3,200 teachers over the next three years.
    [...]
    The proposed layoffs are part of Anderson’s One Newark plan, which calls for the closing of public schools and the granting of school property for the use of privately owned, publicly funded charter schools.
  • 2014/03/17: EurActiv: TTIP 'threatens' European education quality, teachers say
    Driven by concerns about privatisation, European students and teachers demand that education be excluded from the EU-US free trade deal.
  • 2014/03/14: RawStory: Ohio Republican: Sell off all the public schools to businesses to stop ‘socialism’
  • 2014/03/14: WSWS: Boston parents, students oppose public school budget cuts
  • 2014/03/14: WSWS: Top British universities exclude poorer students
  • 2014/03/13: WSWS: Greek students face prosecution for protests
    In April, 21 Greek students will be tried for participating in a 2011 school occupation. They face prison sentences of up to six months. Their prosecution is aimed at criminalizing anyone who protests against cuts in education, as austerity measures are intensified.
  • 2014/03/12: BBC: Shanghai teachers flown in for maths
    Up to 60 Shanghai maths teachers are to be brought to England to raise standards, in an exchange arranged by the Department for Education.
  • 2014/03/07: WSWS: Vergara v. California: A smokescreen to hide the attack on education
  • 2014/03/07: WSWS: British government cuts funding for poorest university students
  • 2014/03/06: Asia Times: 'Cloud' may save education in India
  • 2014/02/27: Guardian(UK): Schools and universities increasingly subjected to violence, study finds
    Survey of conflicts in 70 countries between 2009-13 reveals 9,600 schools were damaged or destroyed by attacks
  • 2014/02/22: Guardian(UK): Nine-hour tests and lots of pressure: welcome to the Chinese school system
  • 2014/02/14: WSWS: National schools inspectorate to be overhauled by UK government
  • 2014/02/14: WSWS: British government attempts to stamp out student protests
    A wave of student protests has been met with vicious state attacks. The protests are in defence of university staff threatened with job losses and pay cuts, the abolition of tuition fees, opposition to the impending privatisation of the student loan book, and an end to universities acting as immigration border guards and cooperating with state spying programmes.
  • 2014/02/13: WSWS: Obama’s corporate education model -- What is Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority?
    Under the guise of assisting low-achieving schools in Detroit, the State of Michigan has established an “independent” educational district, the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) in the 2012-13 school year. Legislation is pending imminently to codify it into state law and expand it statewide.
  • 2014/02/05: Guardian(UK): MOOCs could be revolutionary, but US foreign policy is preventing that
    Banning Massive Open Online Courses in countries under US sanctions is a travesty. These students need them the most
  • 2014/02/01: PSinclair: The Weekend Wonk: Educating for Ignorance: It’s "School Choice" Week!
  • 2014/01/29: Tyee: Why Clark Refuses to Hear What Supreme Court Tells Her (Twice) -- Teacher-bashing Liberals remain hellbent on gaming the political system
  • 2014/01/31: WSWS: Billionaire-backed lawsuit tries to abolish California teacher tenure
    On Monday, a trial began in Los Angeles County Superior Court that could eliminate teacher tenure in California and have national significance. It is part of a national campaign, led by the Obama administration and supported by both Democrats and Republicans, to victimize teachers for the crisis in public education. Backed by a host of billionaires and politically connected lawyers, the lawsuit’s complaint cynically seeks to cloak a right-wing assault on teachers and public education under the mantle of securing the civil rights of students. Beneath the lawsuit’s pretense of concern for students is a well-planned initiative to dramatically reduce education costs.
  • 2014/01/28: CourseraBlog: Update on Course Accessibility for Students in Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria
  • 2014/01/29: HFT: US bans students from "blacklisted" countries from getting a free education
  • 2014/01/28: BBC: The 70-year wait for primary school
    It will be more than 70 years before all children have access to primary school, says a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). World leaders had pledged that this would be achieved by 2015. The report says 57 million remain without schools and at the current rate it will be 2086 before access is reached for poor, rural African girls.
  • 2014/01/28: WSWS: Newark, New Jersey principals victimized for opposing school closures
  • 2014/01/23: WSWS: Britain: Labour’s plan for licences another attempt to vilify teachers
  • 2014/01/21: FAIR: Journalists Grade US Schools: Average Is Failure
  • 2014/01/16: Slate: Texas Public Schools Are Teaching Creationism
    An investigation into charter schools’ dishonest and unconstitutional science, history, and "values" lessons.
  • 2014/01/21: WSWS: Seventeen charter schools closed in Columbus, Ohio
  • 2014/01/20: WSWS: Austerity and shift to privatization leave Philadelphia schools in tatters
  • 2014/01/18: CDreams: Tuition-Free Public College Education Is Possible. Demand It.
  • 2014/01/17: CDreams: Brazen Enough to Gut Public Education, Governor Cowers as Students Protest
  • 2014/01/17: uComics: (cartoon - Trudeau) The Self-Esteem Thing
  • 2014/01/12: RawStory: Death threats for researcher who demonstrated college athletes read below a third-grade level
    According to a CNN report, the woman who revealed that 10 percent of the student-athletes at the University of North Carolina are reading below a third-grade level has been the subject of multiple death threats. Worse still, Mary Willingham told CNN, UNC has refused to support the findings of a study it asked her to conduct. According to Willingham, when CNN asked her for data about the scholastic aptitude of student-athletes, she provided the network with information that UNC had collected. "It’s in their system," she said. "They have all the data and more. It belongs to them, and they paid a lot of money for it."
  • 2014/01/11: CCurrents: What’s At Stake In Privatizing Education
  • 2014/01/07: WSWS: DC charter school officials charged with funneling millions to personal accounts
  • 2014/01/04: uComics: (cartoon - Danziger) American Education
  • 2013/12/28: CDreams: Here's the Truth About Shanghai Schools: They're Terrible
    Shanghai tops the PISA rankings thanks to their focus on test-taking. Their model would be a nightmare for US schools
  • 2013/12/23: WSWS: Obama pushes program to turn public schools over to corporations
  • 2013/12/18: WSWS: US college executive pay soars along with student debt
  • 2013/12/09: BBC: How accurate is the PISA test?
  • 2013/12/09: CDreams: Movement Rises to Kick 'Corporate Reform' Out of Public Schools
  • 2013/12/05: Tyee: Why Global Learning Scores Matter, and Why They Don't
    Rebels like Finland don't much care about OECD's student rankings. And that's a good thing.
  • 2013/12/04: RealEconomics: Is college a scam?
  • 2013/12/04: CCurrents: The New York Times Gets An ‘F' On Education Policy
  • 2013/12/03: EUO: EU young people lagging behind in maths target
  • 2013/12/03: ScienceInsider: Asia Remains on Top in Test of Student Knowledge
  • 2013/12/02: CSM: Common core hits the ground, highlights critical thinking
  • 2013/12/03: CSM: Why Asian teens do better on tests than US teens
    Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday. American students scored below the international average in math and about average in science and reading. The top average scores in each subject came from Shanghai, China's largest city with more than 20 million people. Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong were among the participants with students scoring at the top on average in each subject. Vietnam, which had its students participate for the first time, had a higher average score in math and science than the United States.
  • 2013/12/03: BBC: PISA [Programme for International Student Assessment] tests: UK stagnates as Shanghai tops league table
  • 2013/12/03: ABC(Au): Australian students slipping behind in maths, reading: OECD report
  • 2013/12/03: CBC: Canada's students slipping in math and science, OECD finds
  • 2013/12/02: Asia Times: India squanders education potential
  • 2013/11/30: WSWS: Adjunct professor dies penniless after teaching for 25 years
    The September 1 death of Margaret Mary Vojtko, 83, an adjunct professor who taught French for 25 years at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shines a spotlight on the deplorable conditions faced by adjunct professors nationwide and the crisis in higher education as a whole.
  • 2013/11/21: NBF: Massive online courses are succeeding with Professional training to solve trained professional shortage for big companies
  • 2013/11/20: NBF: School in a Box with Scripted Lessons Could rapidly improve education in the developing world
  • 2013/11/08: NakedCapitalism: Student Debt is Crushing the Economic Future of the Young
  • 2013/11/07: WSWS: Pennsylvania budget starves higher education
  • 2013/11/06: 1/2Hour: MOOCs will ultimately play a transformational role
  • 2013/11/04: Salon: Chris Christie’s demented "you people" movement: The right’s school-for-cash obsession
  • 2013/11/04: FDL: Chris Christie Screams At Another Teacher On Election Eve
  • 2013/11/04: WSWS: Pennsylvania governor proposes massive cuts to higher education
  • 2013/10/31: WSWS: Northern Virginia public schools face budget crisis, layoffs
  • 2013/10/31: WSWS: Top British educational advisor insists achievement is genetically determined
  • 2013/10/25: RT: K-12 student homelessness in US hits record high - report
    A record high 1.16 million students in the United States were homeless last year, according to new data from the US Department of Education. During the 2011-12 school year, 1,168,354 enrolled preschool or K-12 students were homeless, a 10 percent increase from the previous school term. A total of 55.5 million students were enrolled in preschool or K-12 that year, meaning about 2 percent of all students were without a home.
  • 2013/10/21: NBF: Reinventing education for the 21st century, Let kids study what they want and have full access to the internet for research
  • 2013/10/21: al Jazeera: MOOCs and their discontents
    To say that MOOCs propagate inequality is to deny their fundamental mission and the thinking that conceived them.
  • 2013/10/19: DD: Graph of the Day: Percentage of low-income students in the United States, 2000 and 2011
  • 2013/10/19: WSWS: UK teachers: "Something needs to change in the way we oppose the government"
  • 2013/10/19: WSWS: Third regional teachers’ strike in UK
  • 2013/10/19: WSWS: Nearly half of US public school children are poor
  • 2013/10/18: CDreams: Chile: Led by Students, Tens of Thousands March for 'Free Public Education'
    Students and teachers continue their demands that the privatized education system created under Pinochet be dismantled and reformed
  • 2013/10/16: WSWS: As closures continue, Chicago expands private charter schools
  • 2013/10/07: Monbiot: Rewild the Child
  • 2013/10/08: Guardian(UK): Education in England: sliding down the class
  • 2013/10/08: CBC: Canada’s math, science lag bad for economy, report says -- OECD survey finds Canadians’ numeracy ‘significantly below’ average
  • 2013/10/08: CBC: OECD study reveals gaps in numeracy, literacy skills in Canada
    A large number of Canadians have great problem-solving skills, but too many lag in numeracy and literacy
  • 2013/10/08: AJC: American adults score poorly on global test
  • 2013/10/08: DD: U.S. adults score below average on worldwide test
    ‘If you want to avoid having an underclass -- a large group of people who are basically unemployable -- the educational system is absolutely key’
  • 2013/09/19: WSWS: The betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike: one year on
  • FutureLearn
  • 2013/09/18: BBC: UK enters global online university race
    The UK's biggest online university project is being launched, with more than 20 universities offering free courses.
  • 2013/09/17: WSWS: Brutal police attack on Mexican teachers
  • 2013/09/14: Guardian(UK): Mexican riot police end striking teachers' occupation of city square
  • 2013/09/13: BBC: Mexico teachers clash with police in Zocalo Square
  • 2013/09/11: CCPA: [link to 953k pdf] Degrees of Uncertainty -- Navigating the changing terrain of university finance
  • 2013/09/11: CBC: University tuition rising to record levels in Canada
  • 2013/09/10: uComics: (cartoon - Auth) An apple for the teacher
  • 2013/09/07: NYT:Opinionator: The Great Stagnation of American Education
  • 2013/09/08: EconView: 'The Great Stagnation of American Education' - Robert Gordon
  • 2013/08/26: WSWS: Profiting from Britain's dilapidated school system
  • 2013/08/24: WSWS: Defunding threatens school libraries throughout US
  • 2013/08/08: SciAm:BS: A "Napster Moment" in Education
  • 2013/08/07: CDreams: Forget Student Loans -- Make Higher Ed Free
  • 2013/08/05: WSWS: Who benefits from the "Common Core" curriculum in US schools?
  • 2013/08/01: WSWS: Police detain students, teachers suspected of cheating in Romanian school
  • 2013/07/29: SameFacts: (Un)accountability
    What does a Republican charter-school enthusiast who believes in school-level accountability for educational results do when a charter school run by a big Republican donor gets a lousy evaluation score? Why, he cheats, of course.
  • 2013/07/29: EconView: Cheating on Charter School Evaluation - Mark Kleiman
  • 2013/07/22: CDreams: Poll: American Parents Want Public Schools, Not Charter Schools
    Sixty-one percent of respondents oppose the school closures which have 'scorched' public education nationwide
  • 2013/07/16: DeseretNews: Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education
  • 2013/07/17: TPM: GOP Lawmaker In Utah [State Sen. Aaron Osmond (R)] Wants To End Compulsory Education In The State
  • 2013/07/11: Guardian(UK): War denying millions of children an education
    Almost 50 million children and young people in conflict areas out of school, says report...
  • 2013/07/06: RReich: Why Republicans Want to Tax Students and Not Polluters
    A basic economic principle is government ought to tax what we want to discourage, and not tax what we want to encourage.
  • 2013/07/06: WSWS: Wayne State students in Detroit face 8.9 percent tuition increase
  • 2013/06/25: WSWS: State plans to close Michigan school districts
  • 2013/06/25: WSWS: Portland, Oregon: School board denies education to disabled children
  • 2013/06/20: WSWS: Mass layoffs begin in Chicago Public Schools
    On June 14, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the first wave of layoffs—a total of 663 teachers, teaching assistants, and aides - as part of the impending closure of 50 schools. This is only the beginning, however, with more layoffs of teachers and other CPS employees in the works as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Democratic Party spearhead an attack on public education in America’s third largest city.
  • 2013/06/18: Resilience: The University Unbound: Transforming Higher Education
  • 2013/06/18: al Jazeera: Schooling for millions of children jeopardised by reductions in aid
    Just when a final push is needed to achieve universal primary education by 2015, G8 donors are reducing aid.
  • 2013/06/15: Gawker: Philadelphia Closes 23 Schools, Lays Off Thousands, Builds Huge Prison
  • 2012/08/12: JR: How The American University was Killed, in Five Easy Steps
  • 2013/06/11: CDreams: America’s Public University System: Corporate Welfare or Education?
  • 2013/06/09: TRN: Investing in Schools Creates More Than Twice as Many Jobs as Military Spending
    Bob Pollin: Education spending is the best job creator - so why are local and state governments firing teachers and closing schools?
  • 2013/06/06: NakedCapitalism: Dave Dayen on Student Loans as Medieval Indentures
  • 2013/06/06: WSWS: US: Kansas legislature passes budget slashing education
  • 2013/06/05: Salon: Your [US] student loan isn’t really a loan
    You can't refinance, or get rid of the debt through bankruptcy. Here's how it's even more of a sham than you know
  • 2013/06/04: FDL: Public Education "Reformers" Discredited By Yet Another Study
  • 2013/06/04: WSWS: School district of Philadelphia passes "doomsday" austerity budget
  • 2013/06/03: Salon: New data shows school "reformers" are full of it
    Poor schools underperform largely because of economic forces, not because teachers have it too easy
  • 2013/05/31: FDL: Chicago Teachers Union Files Lawsuit To Stop School Closings
  • 2013/05/31: uComics: (cartoon - Auth) Phila. Public Schools
  • 2013/05/30: WSWS: The Chicago school closings and the way forward to defend public education
  • 2013/05/28: EconView: We're Number Three!
  • 2013/05/28: DemNow: Chicago to Shutter 50 Public Schools: Is Historic Mass Closure an Experiment in Privatization?
  • 2013/05/28: WSWS: Victimized Illinois teacher denounces attack on education in YouTube video
  • 2013/05/26: DD: Money spent per U.S. public school student fell in 2011 for the first time on record...
  • 2013/05/23: WSWS: DC mayor to offer closed schools to charter operators
  • 2013/05/23: WSWS: Chicago officials release final list of 49 school closures
  • 2013/05/16: DemNow: Debate: What Caused Cooper Union’s Fiscal Woes and Is Ending Free Tuition the Answer?
  • 2013/05/15: NBF: Udacity, Georgia Tech and AT&T have created a online masters degree in computer science (bare content is free but the degree has a tuition fee)
  • 2013/05/14: Guardian(UK): Student loan debt is stealing our future
  • 2013/05/14: WSWS: Philadelphia mayor threatens elimination of school programs, staff
  • 2013/05/14: WSWS: Pontiac, Michigan school crisis provokes outcry from parents, teachers
  • 2013/05/13: WSWS: Greek government outlaws teachers strike
  • 2013/05/13: WSWS: New York City: Students protest Cooper Union’s plan to charge tuition
    A student sit-in at the college president’s office began last week to protest last month’s decision by the Cooper Union Board of Trustees to put an end to the policy of free tuition for undergraduates that has existed at the New York City school for more than a century.
  • 2013/05/12: RealEconomics: Selling our children into slavery
  • 2013/05/09: FDL: Colleges Pushing Poor Students Into Debt To Give Aid To Rich Ones
  • 2013/05/09: WSWS: Michigan school district shuts down for lack of funds
    Buena Vista, a small community adjacent to Saginaw, Michigan, saw its school district suddenly shut down indefinitely on Tuesday. The closure followed the announcement by the school board Monday night that it could no longer make payroll for its 27 teachers and had laid off all of them and terminated their benefit plans.
  • 2013/05/07: CBC: Sal Khan's revolutionary educational YouTube videos
  • 2013/05/07: WSWS: Obama education secretary, Michigan governor promote school "reform"
  • 2013/05/05: uComics: (cartoon - Trudeau) The self-esteem craze
  • 2013/04/27: WSWS: Danish government forces teachers to work longer hours without pay
  • 2013/04/27: WSWS: Average US student debt tops $20,000
  • 2013/04/26: WSWS: Teachers struggle erupts in Mexican state of Guerrero
  • 2013/04/25: al Jazeera: The neoliberal assault on academia
    The neoliberal sacking of the universities runs much deeper than tuition hikes and budget cuts, notes Barkawi.
  • 2013/04/25: al Jazeera: Mexico teachers storm political party offices
    Teachers set fire to ruling party's office in Guerrero state in protest against planned education reform.
  • 2013/04/24: WSWS: Snyder administration plot to privatize Michigan schools exposed
  • 2013/04/19: TRN: Massive Cheating Scandals Rock School Districts Nationwide
  • 2013/04/18: uComics: (cartoon - Wiley) The Myth of our Education
  • 2013/04/14: CDreams: Study: School Reform in 3 Major Cities Didn't Pass the Test
  • 2013/04/13: WSWS: Hundreds of thousands of students march in Chile for education rights
    An estimated quarter of a million students joined in demonstrations Thursday across Chile to press their demand for free and decent public education for all.
  • 2013/04/11: WSWS: US states de-fund public education through expanded voucher schemes
  • 2013/04/11: WSWS: What is the Common Core US education initiative?
  • 2013/04/11: WSWS: Common Core: A California kindergarten teacher’s experience
  • 2013/04/11: WSWS: Newark, New Jersey students protest education cuts
  • 2013/04/10: WSWS: Low-income students six times more likely to drop out of high school
  • 2013/04/10: WSWS: Chicago school closings target poorest neighborhoods
  • 2013/04/05: WSWS: UK: Privatisation agenda causing overcrowded schools and poor-quality education
  • 2013/04/04: Guardian(UK): Threat of debt drives US middle-class families away from private universities
    Many families being squeezed out of private colleges because their income is too high for financial aid, but too low for fees
  • 2013/04/03: HarvardGazette: Online learning: It’s different -- Varying lectures with tests improves attention, note-taking, and retention
  • 2013/04/04: WSWS: Atlanta testing scandal exposes fraud of anti-public school "reform"
    The school test cheating scandal in Atlanta, Georgia, has exposed the reactionary character of the so-called school “reform” policy being spearheaded by the Obama administration. It has highlighted the pervasive use of standardized tests to justify the closing of schools and firing of teachers, as part of a drive to privatize education and transform the school system into one based openly on class.
    As the events in Atlanta have underscored, the agenda being pursued by both political parties and major corporate interests, with the collaboration of the teachers’ unions, has nothing to do with improving education for the vast majority of American youth. Rather, it is aimed at carving out from the ruins of the public school system a lucrative source of profit for charter school investors and directly subordinating education to the demands of corporate America.
  • 2013/04/03: HalfAnHour: What’s In It for Us?: Benefits to Campus Course of Running a MOOC
  • 2013/04/03: Guardian(UK): US student loan debt by the numbers
    Some essential facts and figures on the state of student loan debt in America that everyone should know
  • 2013/04/02: WSWS: Greek parliament overturns right to free, universal education
  • 2013/04/01: WSWS: US states cut higher education spending by nearly a third
  • 2013/03/30: WSWS: New Jersey governor announces state takeover of Camden schools
    On Monday March 25, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, citing “chronic and severe problems,” announced that the state would assume control of public schools in the impoverished city of Camden. While this is the first schools takeover since the Republican Christie became governor three years ago, Camden becomes the fourth New Jersey school district to be taken over by the state, following Paterson, Jersey City, and Newark. Christie pointed to the schools’ poor relative performance, with 23 out of 26 Camden schools ranking in the bottom 5 percent statewide and a 49 percent high school graduation rate, according to statistics released by the governor’s office. The move allows Christie to appoint a new superintendent and reduce the school board to an advisory role.
  • 2013/03/28: Guardian(UK): Arrests at Chicago schools protest
    More than 100 people arrested while taking part in mass civil disobedience against Rahm Emmanuel's cuts and closures
  • 2013/03/25: RealEconomics: Public education is being wrecked - against the intentions of the republic's Founders
  • 2013/03/25: FDL: Governor Chris Christie Announces Privatizing Scheme For Camden City Schools
  • 2013/03/25: WSWS: The attack on public education in Chicago
  • 2013/03/23: PaiD: A Message from Noam Chomsky
  • 2013/03/23: WSWS: Chicago announces plans to shut 61 public schools
  • 2013/03/13: NatureN: Online learning: Campus 2.0
    Massive open online courses are transforming higher education — and providing fodder for scientific research.
  • 2013/03/09: WSWS: Philadelphia announces plan to close one in ten public schools
  • 2013/03/06: MIT: Higher-ed leaders meet to discuss future of online education
    Innovative pedagogical techniques and the effects of online-learning tools on on-campus education subjects of conversation at MIT- and Harvard-led summit.
  • 2013/03/07: EconView: 'Six-Fold Increase in College Tuition over the Last 30 Years'
  • 2013/02/21: BBC: Online university giant gets bigger
    One of the emerging giants among online universities has announced that it is signing up a further 29 universities, including institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. Coursera, set up by academics from Stanford University, will now offer online courses from 62 universities. There are 2.8 million online students registered, says Coursera. Co-founder Andrew Ng said this was helping universities to "raise their impact both on and off campus". Coursera, set up less than a year ago, has become one of the pace setters in the rapidly expanding field of online universities - often described as MOOCs (massive open online courses).
  • 2013/02/23: al Jazeera: Educating Indonesia
    101 East investigates why Indonesia's education system is one of the worst in the world.
  • 2013/02/22: al Jazeera: America's growing education gap
    As a report calls for an overhaul of the US education system, we examine why social mobility is becoming unattainable Multiple research in the US has shown that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. And now the Equity and Excellence report, commissioned by the US Congress, says the US education system is largely to blame. The study says: "Ten million students in US's poorest communities ... are having their lives unjustly and irredeemably blighted by a system that consigns them to the lowest-performing teachers, the most run-down facilities, and academic expectations and opportunities considerably lower than what we expect of other students."
  • 2013/02/22: WSWS: Billionaires pour cash into campaign to dismantle public education in Los Angeles
  • 2013/02/09: WSWS: Philadelphia charter administrators mired in corruption charges
    In late January, a federal grand jury added five new charges to a 62-count indictment against former Philadelphia charter school administrators for defrauding their schools of $6.7 million. The charges include wire fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The allegations charge that Dorothy June Brown, 75, a former Philadelphia Public School District (PPSD) principle, defrauded the city of funds meant for the administration of three public charters currently in her ownership: Planet Abacus, Laboratory, and the Agora Cyber Charter.
  • 2013/01/29: WSWS: Push to dismantle public education behind plan to close another 28 Detroit schools
  • McGilliLeaked - For all your Access to Information Needs
  • 2013/01/07: CDreams: Charter School Moguls Scam Oregon Out of Millions -- 'Lack of oversight' in charter schools encouraging education fraud
  • 2012/12/31: CDreams: Philadelphia's Charter School Expansion Crushing Public Schools
  • 2012/12/28: CDreams: Seven States Propose 'Irresponsible and Dangerous' Laws to Arm Teachers
  • 2012/12/23: al Jazeera: The price of inequality in higher education
    Higher education is now less about gaining knowledge than demonstrating status: It's about the pedigree, not the degree.
  • 2012/12/20: P3: The Decline of Universities: A Fiscal Cliff Scenario
  • 2012/11/12: ClayShirky: Napster, Udacity, and the Academy
  • 2012/12/06: IHE: Questioning Clay Shirky
  • 2012/12/07: al Jazeera: Spain's austerity measures will leave children out of school
    By the end of 2016, Spain plans to cut back its aid to 29 of the 50 countries that it currently supports.
  • 2012/11/27: BizInsider: Why Finland's Unorthodox Education System Is The Best In The World
  • 2012/11/28: NakedCapitalism: Escalating Delinquency Rates Make Student Loans Look Like the New Subprime
  • 2012/11/24: PostGazette: U.S. officials tell state to use same standards to grade charter schools
  • 2012/11/18: NBF: College credit for online courses and eliminating and changing weak universities
  • 2012/11/14: RulesOfReason: The education revolution at our doorstep
  • 2012/11/14: CatoUnbound: Why Online Education Works
  • 2012/11/11: Guardian(UK): Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?
  • 2012/11/13: WSWS: Obama loan repayment scheme maintains crushing debt burden on students
  • 2012/11/09: CSM: What superstorm Sandy taught me about the failures of online learning
  • 2012/11/01: TStar: Universities are not job-training factories: Salutin
  • 2012/10/28: DissentMag: From Master Plan to No Plan: The Slow Death of Public Higher Education
  • 2012/10/24: ABC(Au): Universities 'operating on borrowed time'
    Australian universities are "on borrowed time" and urgently need to rethink their business model, according to an independent review. The Ernst & Young reports says over the next decade, most public universities in Australia will be unviable due to cuts in Government funding and the growth of online learning options. Report author Justin Bokor says he interviewed 40 leaders from 20 universities as part of his research and found the dominant operating model was at best unsustainable.
  • 2012/10/10: ProjectCensored: Education "Reform" a Trojan Horse for Privatization
  • 2012/10/10: ProjectCensored: Stealing from Public Education to Feed the Prison-Industrial Complex
  • 2012/10/15: WSWS: Chicago mayor threatens to cut pensions of teachers and city workers
  • 2012/10/12: CSM: Chicago schools chief out after run-ins with Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • 2012/10/09: NakedCapitalism: Charter Schools Fail the Math Test in Battleground Chicago
  • 2012/10/09: PEF: Globe and Mail on higher education in Canada
  • 2012/10/09: PEF: Time to Rethink The Way We Fund Higher Education
  • 2012/10/09: BuckDog: Federation Of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Calls Harper Gov'ts Education Spending Claims 'Fairy Tales'
  • 2012/10/09: PaiD: Education and the Digital World
  • 2012/10/05: WSWS: Ratification of Chicago teachers contract sets stage for assault on public education
  • 2012/10/05: al Jazeera: Back to school: College is the past, prison is the future
    Public higher education system in California, the crown jewel of American education, is dying a slow death, writes Kroll
  • 2012/10/04: CBC: Harper government's First Nations education plans collapse
    Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo rejects proposed bill to overhaul native schools A much-touted plan to bring Ottawa together with First Nations to overhaul native education has fallen apart. National Chief Shawn Atleo emerged Wednesday from three days of meetings with First Nations leaders and educators saying they had agreed to reject the federal government's approach.
  • 2012/09/28: al Jazeera: 'Education First' must put the marginalised at the centre
    There is a need to draw attention to unacceptable levels of education inequality across countries and between groups
  • 2012/09/24: CBC: Principal backs 'no zero' policy as teachers speak out -- Debate over grading at Edmonton high school continues to simmer
  • 2012/09/21: NYT:Economix: Income Inequality and Educational Opportunity
  • 2012/09/22: CBC: Montreal student protest calls for free tuition
  • 2012/09/19: Guardian(UK): Chicago teachers' strike: a good compromise but anxieties remain
    I still worry about the disconnect between a misguided education 'reform' movement and the disadvantages my students face
    [...]
    We see public schools across our city drained of resources, set up to fail and eventually closed, with all of the teachers -- good and bad -- laid off. Some of the closed schools become charter schools: private schools financed with public money, churning out private profit. Others become "turn-around" schools, reorganized around the latest educational fad. Those who make decisions about closing schools seem to see education as a product, and schools as factories for that product; the true value of schools to their communities and as anchors of stability for their students is overlooked.
  • 2012/09/19: DRavitch: What the CTU-CPS Contract Includes
  • 2012/09/20: WSWS: End of Chicago strike paves way for redoubled attack on teachers, public education
  • 2012/09/18: CCurrents: Why The Chicago Teacher's Union Needs A Socialist Party
  • 2012/09/16: CCurrents: The Chicago Teachers And Their Students’ Test Scores
  • 2012/09/19: WSWS: Delegates meeting votes to end Chicago teachers strike
  • 2012/09/19: al Jazeera: Chicago teachers vote to end strike
    Public school classes to resume on Wednesday after what Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls an "honest compromise" with union.
  • 2012/09/18: CBC: Edmonton teacher fired for giving zeros gets new job
  • 2012/09/18: WSWS: Seven Days in Chicago: What has been revealed by the Chicago teachers strike
    The Chicago teachers’ strike, which entered its second week on Monday, has laid bare the social and political dynamic of the United States. Since their strike began one week ago, teachers have faced the ferocious hostility of the entire political and media establishment, which has treated their efforts to defend public education as if the strikers were their slaves. As the Chicago Tribune put it, the teachers were seeking to oppose the “arc of history,” by which they meant the efforts of the ruling class to rip up every social gain made by working people over generations of struggle. Having slashed funding for public education for decades and pursued policies resulting in a vast increase in poverty, the Democrats and Republicans are united in scapegoating teachers and using test scores to fire them and accelerate the process of privatizing education.
  • 2012/09/18: WSWS: Under threat of injunction, Chicago teacher delegates to vote on strike
  • 2012/09/17: BBC: Rahm Emanuel says Chicago teachers' strike 'illegal'
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he will seek a court order to end a strike by thousands of teachers, as their walkout goes into a second week.
  • 2012/09/17: al Jazeera: Chicago mayor will sue to end teacher strike
    Rahm Emanuel seeks court order to end strike in third-largest US school district as it nears a second week.
  • 2012/09/17: al Jazeera: Chicago school teachers give us all a lesson
    Two-thirds of parents supported the Chicago school teachers' protest in spite of the inconvenience caused by the strike.
  • 2012/09/15: al Jazeera: Deal set to end Chicago teachers' strike
    "Agreement in principle" announced by education authorities that could put children in US city back in school by Monday.
  • CTU Net (blog)
  • 2012/09/13: CTU Net: As Chicago teachers strike enters fourth day, a new poll proves majority of parents and taxpayers approve of fair contract fight
  • 2012/09/12: AlterNet: 5 So-Called Liberal Pundits Who Are Attacking Teachers
  • 2012/09/14: CBC: Edmonton teacher who gave 0s for unsubmitted work fired
  • 2012/09/14: CSM: Karen Lewis: Fiery Chicago Teachers Union chief takes on wrath of Rahm
  • 2012/09/10: WaPo: Thousands of Virginia students aren’t required to get an education
    Nearly 7,000 Virginia children whose families have opted to keep them out of public school for religious reasons are not required to get an education, the only children in the country who do not have to prove they are being home-schooled or otherwise educated, according to a study. Virginia is the only state that allows families to avoid government intrusion once they are given permission to opt out of public school, according to a report from the University of Virginia’s School of Law. It’s a law that is defended for promoting religious freedom and criticized for leaving open the possibility that some children will not be educated.
  • 2012/09/13: TStar: Only teachers can save our schools
  • 2012/09/14: WSWS: Survey of California’s community colleges reveals harmful impact of budget cuts
  • 2012/09/13: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute Joins Rahm Emanuel's Side of the Picket Line in Chicago
  • 2012/09/13: WSWS: Victory to the Chicago teachers!
  • 2012/09/13: WSWS: Mayor Emanuel plans to close one-fifth of Chicago public schools
  • 2012/09/11: FDL: As Paul Ryan Lines Up Behind Rahm, the Scheme to Privatize Chicago Schools Becomes Clear
  • 2012/09/12: CBC: Undergrad tuition up 5% this year, more than triple inflation
  • 2012/09/12: al Jazeera: Saving the Chicago public school system: Who's hurting the kids?
    By going on strike, the teachers are "building political power", putting themselves in a "position to force changes".
  • 2012/09/11: FAIR: Are Chicago Teachers Really Rooting for Student Failure?
    You can get away with almost anything if you're attacking teachers' unions in the corporate media.
  • 2012/09/12: WSWS: Chicago teachers discuss political issues in their strike
  • 2012/09/12: WSWS: Chicago teachers in forefront of fight against bipartisan assault on education
  • 2012/09/11: al Jazeera: Should US schools be run like businesses?
    Increased private sector involvement in US education is raising questions over the future of the public school system.
  • 2012/09/11: WSWS: Striking teachers speak out in Chicago
  • 2012/09/11: WSWS: Democrats and Republicans line up against Chicago teachers
  • 2012/09/09: RWER: United States of Student Debt (2 graphs)
  • 2012/09/08: WSWS: The reactionary essence of California’s Proposition 30
    Under the guise of saving education, California Governor Jerry Brown is pushing a series of tax increases that will be on the ballot in November as Proposition 30.
  • 2012/08/28: RWER: Academic precariat: How is it possible to hide 75 percent of professors in the United States?
  • 2012/08/28: WSWS: US moves toward two-track education system
    [...]
    Today’s elite, on the other hand, views education as a means of preserving the status quo, with a diminishing section of the working class meriting access to a higher education. The rest will be tracked into a "career" curriculum, meaning training in basic skills needed for low-wage jobs or serving in the military.
  • 2012/08/20: al Jazeera: The closing of American academia
    The plight of adjunct professors highlights the end of higher education as a means to prosperity.
  • 2012/08/13: CHE: Why Online Education Won't Replace College -- Yet
  • 2012/08/09: MathBabe: Looterism
  • 2012/08/02: CCurrents: The Militarization Of Education
  • 2012/07/30: ICH: The Perversion of Scholarship
  • 2012/07/13: AlterNet: New Teachers Beware: You Will Face Impossible Expectations
  • 2012/07/12: NakedCapitalism: Does the American Elite Want Real Public Education?
  • 2012/07/02: AlterNet: Dick Durbin: For-Profit Colleges "Own Every Lobbyist" in DC
  • 2012/07/03: DM:GNXP: Why the kids don’t know no algebra
  • 2012/07/02: CSM: Louisana eliminates state funding for libraries
  • 2012/06/27: AlterNet: Spanking School Children? The 5 Weirdest Things on the Texas GOP Platform
  • 2012/06/27: NatMemo: The Loch Ness Monster Is Real, And Five Other Insane Lies Taught By Louisiana Textbooks
  • 2012/06/23: SST: Sale on Education
  • 2012/06/23: AlterNet: Is It Time to End Suspension as the 'Go-To' Punishment in Schools?
  • 2012/06/21: AlterNet: Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Earns F, Again
  • 2012/06/19: AlterNet: Are the President's Education Policies Helping Our Kids?
  • 2012/06/21: AlterNet: What Is Wrong With Our Education System? Almost Half the Population Doesn't Accept Evolution
  • 2012/06/18: AlterNet: The Loch Ness Monster Is Real; The KKK Is Good: The Shocking Content of Publicly Paid for Christian School Textbooks
  • 2012/06/15: EconView: Paul Krugman: We Don’t Need No Education
    When Republicans talk about reducing the size of government, what does that really mean?
  • 2012/06/12: CBC: Student starts petition to reinstate teacher who gave zeros
    A student has started a petition to get suspended physics and science teacher Lynden Dorval reinstated at his Edmonton high school. Dorval was suspended indefinitely last month for defying the so-called "no-zero" marking policy at Edmonton's Ross Sheppard High School.
  • 2012/06/11: AlterNet: The 10 Richest -- and Poorest -- School Districts in America
  • 2012/06/08: AlterNet: 5 Ways Louisiana’s New Voucher Program Spells Disaster for Public Education
  • 2012/06/05: AlterNet: What Does It Say About America That We Jail Teens for Having Sex or Being Late to School?
  • 2012/06/08: PEF: Canada’s Self-Imposed Crisis in Post-Secondary Education
  • 2012/06/06: EarlyWarning: Fate of Non-College High School Grads
  • 2012/06/01: Reuters: Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools
    Louisiana is embarking on the nation's boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.


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