Education & Public Education

Study Shows School Vouchers Hurt Students – But Trump and DeVos Couldn't Care Less

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are old school “segregation academy” politicians with strong ideological investments in private school vouchers. They will not be deterred by a new study that shows the Washington DC school voucher program actually detracts from student achievement. The people of DC never wanted vouchers, but school privatization has nothing to do with democracy.

Who Is Behind the Assault on Public Schools?

by Howard Ryan

The author believes that school privatization, in the guise of “reform,” is primarily “led by organized coalitions of major corporations, who seek a curriculum suited to their own economic and political hegemony.” Corporate groups like the Business Roundtable took the lead early on, but later deferred to edu-philanthropists and edu-business outfits, including some that thrive on profits from gentrification.

Major Challenges of New Orleans Charter Schools Exposed at NAACP Hearing

by Bill Quigley

Former Obama education chief Arne Duncan declared that Katrina was the best thing that ever happened to New Orleans schools, which switched to a nearly all-charter system. But, Black students, parents and teachers told an entirely different story to an NAACP hearing. Charterization has “created a set of schools that are highly stratified by race, class and educational advantage.”

The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

When supermajorities find that they cannot move their “own” political party to represent their interests, then it’s time to cut that party loose. “The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.” A national health disaster is looming. Single payer is the only solution.

Democrats Fight Trump, the Man, But Not His Austerity and Militarism

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Democrats would surely like to replace Donald Trump at the earliest opportunity. But they show no inclination to fight Trump and his fellow Republicans over obscene military budgets funded by cuts to social programs. Even Bernie Sanders has refused to push for Medicare for All, despite the looming health care catastrophe. It is up to grassroots activists to seize the time -- but too many are caught up in the Democrats' Great Russian Diversion.

Leading Black Democrats Love School Privatization Too

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

Since voters nearly always reject privatization initiatives on the ballot, Republicans and Democrats, both in the pay of charter school sugar daddies, are obliged to make it happen without them. In the maze of double dealing we call legislative processes, leading Democrats in most state legislatures have thrown their bipartisan weight behind school privatization bills. Georgia and its leading black Democrats are no exception.

Roland Martin: That Hustla Ova There Tryna Sell Us School Privatization

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Roland Martin pretends to be a journalist. But what does a guy do when the one percent won't pay for an informed public? Roland is a hustla for hire, and he's found a dependable set of clients. Roland is all about blackening up and selling us the destruction and privatization of public schools, which is what both elite Democrats and Republicans want. Journalists tell the truth without fear or favor. Hustlas do what they're paid to do, and the charter school sugar daddies pay well.

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