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Colorado: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid. by Diane Ravitch

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The state board of education in Colorado has decided to turn over schools in 3 districts to a for-profit management corporation that claims it can turn the schools around, at a cost of millions of dollars. The political connections of the firm are not in doubt, but their 'turn-around' success is! Read here about the story and a deep dive into the history of MGT Consulting.' Learn what is afoot in the nation,  as  taxpayer money that should go to  improving public schools is handed over to charter schools with no  record of success and no rules for transparency.'



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The school privatization movement ( whose propaganda describes them as 'reformers' are winning, because THE Main Street MEDIA --LOCK , STOCK AND CABLE Channel -- is NOT speaking a syllable about THE SCHOOLS, and are not addressing this tragedy. No one I meet knows of the war on our public schools, or that the privateers win because there are almost sixteen thousand separate schools SYSTEMS in 50 states. No one knows what is happening as the legislatures take over and give away the schools..and taxpayer money. We know who pays them, but our citizens are CLUELESS as the power-elite do the ONE thing that will END democracy, GET'EM WHILE THEY ARE YOUNG! (There is a reason why Saudia Arabia has their Madrases!!!!)

I am delighted and relieved, that Diane Ravitch the NPE and the activists, shine a light into the darkness that surrounds the utter demolition of America's INSTITUTION of Public Education --but for me, IS ALL ABOUT THE UTTER SILENCE IN THE MEDIA! It is time for the MSM to describe the plot, and show how easy it is to GAME THE SYSTEM and HIDE not merely the robbery of our money-- that should be going to public education-- but the demolition of education in this nation.

Diane Ravitch, once the ass't Secretary of Eduction, and the foremost academic historian in America, has revealed the destruction for decades, but this travesty is still not out there!!!

The largest system in the nation, NYC had already been destroyedby the ploy in the plot: take out the professional teacher-practitioner, insert a trained TFA novice, who is soon gone, and watch the institution collapse . There is a reason why people trust experienced professionals. Their 'practice' leads to successful outcomes.

Lenny Isenberg, who created Perdaily.com to chronicle the destruction of LAUSD and has shown that it is all about money Los Angeles, the 2nd largest system in the 15,880, has sunk into the abyss, taking with it thousands of teachers. He explains that for every tenured teacher fired, or any teacher not allowed to reach tenure, the district saves 60,000 in benefits. With the budget about to be overwhelmed by budget obligations, instead of funding public education, the bureaucrats and corrupt politicians backed by Eli Broad backed figured that thy could fabricate chargesand remove teachers willy nilly, with clear civil rights violations --which they did as the media ranted about bad teachers.

The MSM said nothing. So, the power-elite which needs education to be in their hands, went on to the smaller systems! See my next comment for the simple ploy to end a school, or...any important institution that depends on professional expertise... like a hospital

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I read an article in Medium that described how the journalists and reporters in this nation are coerced to 'tow the line'. It is so relevant to why our people hear nothing about the Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public

"It happens to be the CRUX of why we hear NOTHING...NADA... about the WAR ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS: "Former MSNBC producer Jeff Cohen haspublished an article in Salon, where he details his experience with the way corporate media outlets keep a uniform pro-establishment narrative running throughout all their coverage " Cohen's expose' follows the phenomenal segment recently aired on The Hill's show Rising, in which former MSNBC star Krystal Ball and her co-host Saagar Enjati both detailed their experience with the way access journalism, financial incentives, prestige incentives and peer pressure were used to push them each toward protecting establishment narratives in their respective mainstream media careers. Ball said at one point she was literally called into the office and forbidden from doing any critical Hillary Clinton coverage without prior approval in the lead-up to the 2016 election, saying that in mainstream journalism jobs "you are aware of what you're going to be rewarded for and what you're going to be punished for, or not rewarded for."

That my friends is how they get away with the removal of our top professional teachers...to ensure the schools could be labeled failing.

THE PLOY INTHE PLOT

THE ASSAULT ON TEACHERS led the way, and it happened to me, when I was a celebrated educator, the NYC cohort for the Pew research on Teaching Standards for Learning, and the NYS Educator of Excellence. See my author's page.

With the real voices of the classroom practitioner, gone from the conversation about WHAT LEARNING LOOKS LIKE and what is really ESSENTIAL FOR LEARNING TO OCCUR --- we get Orwellian CONVERSATION about 'choice' of schools, and magic elixirs

When the legislatures take over, with not an educator on board that knows WLLL (what learning looks like) then monied interests like Koch, get to write the curricula...and re-write history.... and the power elite own this nation's media.

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Please, I ask you to go to, and follow The Ravitch blog which is a treasure if you want up-to the-minute news on the war on public education.. Everyone should follow her posts.

Her latest book lays out what we must do. "Slaying Goliath "THE PASSIONATE RESISTANCE TO PRIVATIZATION AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Dr Ravitch is o e of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States. here is an impassioned, inspiring look at the ways in which parents, teachers, activists citizens are successfully fighting back to defeat the forces that are privatizing America's public schools.

The NPE, which Dr. Ravitch founded is the other reliable place for FACTS about our public schools,. Newsletters - Network For Public Education ,. OUR CITIZENS need a reliable place for news about EDUCATION & PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Also, here at OEN, see my many series which follow the devastation of our public schools

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