Disclosing for-profit education reform agenda on 94.1

What do you think the people’s movement should be doing to stop the profit-driven education take-over and create the joyful, engaging schools we all want for our kids?

Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor and California NAACP Education Chair, speaks with Kitty Kelly Epstein on her Education Today radio show on 94.1 KPFA (6/24) and reveals the complexities and hidden agenda of the corporate education agenda.

Questions Kitty asked:

1. Some people have come in contact with small community based charter schools that are doing some good things. But as you explain the general picture about charters, there is a much more profit driven, anti-education agenda running the national agenda around charters and other parts of education policy. Can you talk about that?

2. I’ve researched and written a lot about the Oakland Public schools, which were the first place eugenics advocate and Stanford Professor Lewis Terman tried out his IQ test to track the Black and Brown kids away from Northern European whites. So public school have not been great for kids of color. How do you respond to that argument when defending public education?

3. During the debate about the new federal law on education, we were given the impression that “civil rights” organizations supported extensive testing. You are the Education chair of the statewide NAACP. Have the organizations you work with taken a different view of testing?

4. What do you think the people’s movement should be doing to stop the profit-driven education take-over and create the joyful, engaging schools we all want for our kids?

I slightly misspoke in a few places. Sometimes you make mistakes when speaking LIVE. 🙂 A couple of clarifications.

  • Community-based charters benefit from the Charter School Association not “School Boards” lobbyists.
  • The worldwide education spending is nearly 7 trillion, not billion.
  • Mayor Rahm Emmanuel closed the traditional public schools in Chicago to build charters.

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  • Today, (on my birthday) I just learned: The combined amount for two grants by the Gates’ Foundation is $6.4 million and both are associated with California.

    The first is to San Francisco-based WestEd. The Gates goal is to get teachers to buy into Common Core via WestEd’s “establishing local relationships”:


    Date: May 2016
    Purpose: to support and scale Common Core State Standards implementation and leverage established local relationships and teacher leaders to drive deeper use of high quality, standards-aligned tools and practices
    Amount: $4,350,875

    The second is to Cal State Fullerton for a one-day, statewide teacher pep rally that is supposed to ignite Common Core buy-in:

    CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation

    Date: May 2016
    Purpose: to convene large numbers of teachers on a single day in regions across the state of California to generate momentum around the singular impact of teachers on college and career readiness and directly impact teacher networking and collective practice, exposure to materials, resources and strategies for Common Core implementation
    Amount: $2,000,000

    So, it appears that Bill is still hanging in with his Common Core love– at least in California.

    Meanwhile, his wife Melinda was in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 24th, 2016, and she apparently worked hard not discussing Gates Foundation involvement in education, which, of course, includes not discussing the Gates role in Common Core.

    As for those two May 2016 Common Core grants: It does not seem that Bill Gates and his foundation have learned any lesson about effecting change. They want a grass roots, Common Core buy-in– so they are still trying to purchase it.

    Copied from other Blog in Louisiana ….


  • Hey Julian! Thanks!! I think some folks think charters are okay. You do a great service for public education by showing how charters want to privatize it all. I am shocked at how many so called progressives don’t see this truth. It doesn’t mean that we don’t have lots to improve. Life is always much more complicated. Thanks again!

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