"Education International, the global union federation representing 32 million educators in 170 countries, released a damning report today highlighting the abuses of for-profit school chain Bridge International Academies in Uganda. BIA plans to take over a large part of state education in Africa and replace it with for-profit schools. Free and universal education is a basic human right, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But in this brave new world, everything is monetized. Randi Weingarten, president of the AFT, an EI member organization, said: “This report serves as a warning about what happens when private education providers put profits above people. BIA’s shameful abuses, cookie-cutter curriculum and cost cutting make for distressing reading but sadly aren’t in the least bit surprising."