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In the YouTube video below Kathy Carroll, herself a targeted whistleblower attorney from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and public education advocate talks about the sustained attacks on teachers and public education that continues to be facilitated by the illegal relationship between the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) union leadership with privately funded non-profits, whose unrelenting shared agenda is to push for the complete privatization of public education.

Ms. Carroll reports that the leadership of both the AFT and NEA, as well as education union officials throughout the country, continue to take millions of dollars from "non-profits" funded through the Gates, Broad, Walton and other foundations. Carroll also reports on a reign of terror and workplace bullying against public school teachers leading to forced terminations, suicides and the resulting poverty for an increasing number of teachers profoundly effected under the corporatization of public education agenda of the aforementioned foundations and the corporate interests they seek to advance at all costs.

Ms. Carroll spoke at a forum on the privatization of public education in San Francisco on July 6, 2014 which was sponsored by United Public Workers for Action.


What a joke and a total witch hunt! Charter schools aren't hurting public education. Public schools failure to advance Americas youth on the world stage of learning is what's hurting PS!

Get your facts straight!

In terms of getting facts straight, you might check out the following post:

While there are some good charters, most are designed to privatize the more than $2 trillion a year public education "business" as a corporate profit source, where instead of 87% of this budget going to the salaries of certificated and classified staff, it now goes to the inflated and way over market value costs of goods and services supplied to these "non-profit" charters supplied by for profit companies taking as much as 40% of the total public education budget.

I want to point out there are serious errors in Carr’s piece. She writes:

It should be noted that Green Dot Public Schools is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. This means if they are to see profits, they must expand, which in TURN means more traditional public schools must close, so more lost jobs.

The Green dot Corporation on the Stock Exchange is an entirely different company, with no relationship to Green Dot charters. From Wikipedia:

Green Dot Corporation is an issuer of prepaid MasterCard and Visa cards in the United States. These products are available at more than 60,000 retail stores, including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and ... Wikipedia

I don’t like Green Dot charters – but it is a non-profit company, as is New Visions, and I guarantee you that Randi does not get paid to serve on these boards – which you must have known if you looked at their 990’s.

I even looked it up on Guidestar to make sure; and p. 37 it shows “O” compensation for Randi on the New Visions tax form:
Randi is a board member of the Bronx Green dot charter one and again she is not paid.

Again, I don’t like either organization but the implication that Randi is deriving financial benefit from serving on these boards is silly. All in all, there is far too much sloppy research in this article.

The fact that Diane and Karen Lewis, who have done far more in the fight vs privatization and corporate reform than any two other individuals I know, are critiqued for showing up to speak at any organization – for no pay -- is absurd.

In this case, the fact that they were invited mostly likely shows how the influence of Broad et al on this organization is waning, and is a good sign rather than evidence of their complicity in some evil plot.

If I were invited to speak at the Gates Foundation I would do so, even though I am on record criticizing them as the paymasters for many of the most damaging education policies in the nation. Would that make me complicit in their policies? I don’t see how.

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