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Charters, Privatization and School Bankruptcies
Date Monday December 04
Time 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Details
UAW 2865
2030 Addison St. Suite 640A
Berkley close to Main Berkeley BART Station
Event Type Meeting
Organizer/AuthorLabor Rising
12/4 Berkeley Forum-Charters, Privatization And School Bankruptcies
Charters, Privatizations and School Bankruptcies-How We Can Fight Back And Defend Public Education Now!

Forum & Video
Monday December 4, 2017 5:30 PM
UAW 2865
2030 Addison St. Suite 640A
Berkley close to Main Berkeley BART Station
If door is locked call (415)282-1908

Charters are proliferating throughout California and the US. They are pushed by billionaires like the Bill Gates and his foundation, The Walton Family Foundation owned by the family that owns Walmart, The KIPP Foundation owned by the Fisher family which own the GAP corporation, the A's and runs Rocketship Schools, The California Charters School Association CCSA which Netflix owner Reed Hastings runs, Facebook owner Zuckerberg’s Foundation which is setting up charters schools in the bay area and nationally.

These billionaires helped pass California charters school laws in 1992 and Prop 39 which forces public schools to co-locate breaking up public schools and relieves them of the Field Act to protect school kids health and safety.

Now LAUSD and OUSD may go bankrupt because billions of dollars (5) are being siphoned off from the public school systems. Also, these same profiteers are privatizing community colleges at CCSF and Laney where John L. Fisher owner of the A’s and the Gap who also runs KIPP want to take Laney land for his ball park and corporate land development plans.

This forum will have teachers, educators and advocates of public education who will report on the growing assault on public education and what we can do to fight back in the bay area, statewide, nationally and internationally.

Initial List of Speakers:
Kristyn Jones, UTR elected rep to NEA convention
Steve White, Teacher
Carlos Taboada, Retired UTR Teacher
Kimberly King, Peralta Federation of Teachers Executive Board Member and Laney Professor or a representative from Local

Sponsored by Labor Rising
Endorsed by Defend Public Education NOW!

For more information go to
Added to the calendar on Friday Nov 17th, 2017 3:53 PM
Teachers, students and parents are angry about the massive proliferation of charters and privatization of the public education system.
§Who Funds Teach For America, KIPP, & Rocketship Education?
by repost Sunday Nov 19th, 2017 5:09 PM
Who Funds Teach For America, KIPP, & Rocketship Education?

We know a lot of school districts, charter schools, and state departments of education give a ton of money to Teach For America, but who got the group going? And who still funds them? Let’s just say it is a lot of organizations! Some of these foundations I had never heard of. Keep in mind, this is the corporate Teach For America. There might be foundations funding each state chapter. For example, the Rodel Foundation loves giving money to the Delaware TFA!

Richard Barth is the CEO of TFA, but Wendy Kopp, Barth’s wife, runs the show. But Barth runs the KIPP charter school chain.


Going from here, it is amazing how many connections between Teach For America, Kipp, the Gates Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the NewSchools Venture Fund, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Charter School Growth Fund, and Tom Vander Ark exist. It is important to know Vander Ark’s role in this because he is one of the biggest pushers for the death of traditional public schools through his competency-based education personalized learning career pathways earn to learn agendas.


I’ll be doing more of these. If any traditional school district unionized teacher isn’t very worried about their future, I would probably start doing something about it now. Unless you want to be working as a facilitator in an online charter school in 2026. This IS corporate education reform, but only a part of it. It goes much deeper than that. I’ve been telling people this for over two years now. But sometimes pictures say a lot more than words ever can.
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