Posts Tagged ‘Privatization’

May
2014
8

REPORT: Fraudulent Charter Schools Responsible for $100M in Taxpayer Losses Across 15 States

REPORT: Fraudulent Charter Schools Responsible for $100M in Taxpayer Losses Across 15 States
  A new study from Integrity in Education claims “fraudulent charter operators in 15 states are responsible for losing, misusing or wasting over $100 million in taxpayer money.”  The report — “Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud And Abuse” — was a combined effort of the Center for Popular Democracy and...
Mar
2014
27

United in Rare Admin Opposition, Tea Party GOP and Labor Unions Shout Down TVA Privatization

United in Rare Admin Opposition, Tea Party GOP and Labor Unions Shout Down TVA Privatization
  An item in President Obama’s budget proposal which spells p-r-i-v-a-t-i-z-a-t-i-o-n to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has brought about criticism from a broad range of political actors.  A shining example of FDR’s New Deal, the TVA provides power to 9 million customers across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North...
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Jan
2014
23

You Winz Some, You Yinz Some: Pittsburgh Gives TFA, Corporate Education Agenda the Boot

You Winz Some, You Yinz Some: Pittsburgh Gives TFA, Corporate Education Agenda the Boot
  The Pittsburgh Board of Education has voted in favor of rejecting a three-year, $750,000 contract with Teach for America (TFA), effectively giving the pro-corporate education group the boot from the city.   TFA’s business model relies on signing recent college graduates to two-year contracts and sending them to underserved school...
Jan
2014
23

Postal Union Likens Staples’ Addition of Postal Services to Privatization, Corporatization

Postal Union Likens Staples' Addition of Postal Services to Privatization, Corporatization
  The success of a pilot program which places United States Postal Services in Staples stores manned by Staples employees has lead to protests from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) which wishes to see the stores staffed by union members.  In November, 84 of these stores were successfully launched in California, Georgia, Massachusetts...
Sep
2013
30

“Outsourcing America Exposed” Makes Public the Country’s Worst Privatizers

  The Center for Media and Democracy has unveiled its new web resource, Outsourcing America Exposed, which provides an in-depth look at the dangers of privatization. Its aim is to help taxpayers stay informed about the corporations that are quietly attempting to privatize public services in their communities.   The launch of the website,...
Sep
2013
19

Misguided Idea to Privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority Brings Unions, GOP Together

Misguided Idea to Privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority Brings Unions, GOP Together
  The budget proposed by President Barack Obama in April floated an idea to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a crown jewel of the New Deal.  Labor unions expressing deep opposition to the idea are being joined by unlikely allies in the fight.   This week unions representing over 13 million workers approved a [&hellip...
Jul
2013
3

Rapper Pitbull Opening a Miami Charter School Run by a Company Making $158M in Annual Revenue

Rapper Pitbull Opening a Miami Charter School Run by a Company Making $158M in Annual Revenue
  An example of the dangers of the charterization of schools comes to us from Miami, Florida where rapper Pitbull (neé Armando Perez), has opened SLAM (Sports Leadership & Management) Charter School. He will be speaking at this year’s National Charter School Conference alongside Joel Klein, Arne Duncan, and Amanda Ripley.   Pitbull...