I started by looking globally at developing world nations taken with this neo-liberal education policy and today I want to look locally at how it is replacing our developed world education policy. While progressive liberals and Republicans in the 1950s-1970s were building strong public universities and K-12 with strong Federal and state funding, War on Poverty funding of low-income schools, and MLK's fight for Equal Opportunity and Access education here in the US-----US corporations were writing and installing this neo-liberal education system overseas in Japan after WW2, in South Korea after the Korean War, in China and Singapore with Nixon and the 1st Bush opening China-----and as we know each one of these societies are very autocratic, competition-driven, work is everything societies. Reagan/Clinton came along and expanded this to South America and Mexico with NAFTA with Chile, Peru, and Mexico controlled by this neo-liberal education policy. In each case the citizens of Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, and Chile are protesting and fighting the corporate autocratic society it creates. There is huge wealth inequity wherever this goes along with sweat shop and environmental devastation. In each case overseas-----the installation of this neo-liberal education was sold to poor communities with little or no school system. It was Reagan/Clinton's task to take a thriving first world highly educated society down to the developing world status to install this neo-liberal education policy here in America. So, they defunded public education dismantled oversight and accountability to allow low-income funding become riddled with fraud and corruption that moved the funding away from public education. Within two decades of Reagan/Clinton the US was brought to second world status in education with students graduating unable to read or do math and public schools crumbling in rural Republican towns and urban Clinton neo-liberal cities. Fast forward through one economic crash after another and Clinton's NAFTA and global market expansion and Americans are impoverished with crumbling schools and bad public education.
SEE WHAT WAS NEEDED IN THE US TO INSTALL AN AUTOCRATIC CORPORATE EDUCATION LIKE NEO-LIBERAL EDUCATION?
So, Bush neo-cons sell it to Republican voters as privatization with charter schools and school choice under the guise of re-segregating and giving power to communities to decide education policy and Clinton neo-liberals sell it in urban areas as the path to stronger public schools and privatization of charters as small business owners. Poor and unemployed need jobs and good education so Clinton and Bush give them Race to the Top and Common Core neo-liberal education written in the Bush Administration and installed by the Obama Administration and having nothing to do with Democratic education philosophy----it is purely corporate education. Republican voters are now waking up to the autocratic nature of Race to the Top and urban schools are getting a good look at charter schools as businesses with national charter chains growing in their communities. Black leaders like Obama, Al Sharpton, Corey Booker, and Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter are all recruited to sell this neo-liberal privatization to underserved communities-----Neo-conservative leaders like Louisiana's Jindal and Texas governors from Bush to Perry moved from conservatism to this neo-liberal education.
Let's look locally at how these structures are being built. Johns Hopkins is the driver of neo-liberal education in Baltimore but it is good to know that the Clinton Initiative University as neo-liberal education expansion has connections with Towson and Maryland Institute College of Art MICA. MICA was taken by Johns Hopkins several years ago----so Clinton has joined our neo-conservative university to expand this neo-liberal education here in Baltimore. There really is no difference any more between neo-liberal and neo-conservative. Notice that Towson and Johns Hopkins have the education programs in the area and indeed, college grads in education have been run through these neo-liberal education policies with schools as businesses, teasting, evaluation, and tracking of students. I haven't met any education professional having been exposed to this kind of training liking it---they simply need jobs.
Here is former Baltimore Mayor Schmoke front and center for this career college as job training Human Resource centers. Schmoke was an early recruit by Johns Hopkins to become that black leader who would push global corporate control of the city. He is the Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and we know the mass protesting Rahm has created in Chicago and yet things are worse in Baltimore without much of a sound. See where he states that privatized job training is good for low income and working class city residents. Notice a quick mention of making all public education free including 4 year but only the corporate job training career centers mostly leading to poverty jobs will be free.
2015 Resolutions for Baltimore: Baltimore City Paper
Kurt L. Schmoke
Make Baltimore City Community College free
Yes, “free tuition” is an attention-getting headline. But it is more than a gimmick: It’s a strategy in place in cities such as Chicago and in the entire Tennessee state community college system, part of a coordinated public-policy effort to increase college attendance and completion rates. Why not here?
If we are serious about Baltimore’s current and future health, we have to do more to broaden access to higher education for low- and middle-income students. Community colleges have historically played a critical role in providing that access. BCCC serves as a cost-effective bridge to four-year degree programs in addition to granting associate’s degrees and offering continuing education programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities.
But declining public support and rising college costs across the higher-education spectrum have resulted in tuition rates that are out of reach for many in our city, even given the relatively affordable tuition at institutions such as BCCC. Because we know that the gulf in our society between the haves and the have-nots is increasingly related to disparities in levels of educational attainment, something must be done to break the cycle. Business as usual isn’t the answer; free community college tuition could be. Last year, the University of Baltimore took a step in this direction when it introduced Finish4Free, offering a tuition-free final semester to students who graduate in four years.
Of course, the first objection to abolishing BCCC’s tuition will be financial: Where will the money come from? That’s a fair and understandable question, especially given the current economic forecast. But tough times often give rise to the most creative ideas. Slate magazine recently posted a piece on how we could make all of our public colleges and universities tuition-free at no additional cost (spoiler alert: There would be no more federal aid available to private institutions). Or, consider this: If Maryland had kept prison spending at its 1990 level, we would have, on average, an additional $525 million per year for other priorities (source: the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; figures cited in 2013 dollars). As the saying goes, budgets reflect values.
In Chicago, it’s the Star Scholarship. In Tennessee, it’s the Tennessee Promise. How about Benefit Baltimore?
Everyone notices that all of these policies that are leading to the dismantling of public education and health care-----privatizing public education and ending public health programs Medicare and Medicaid -----will hit women and people of color the hardest. All will be hurt---but the communities of color will lose all of equal protection for education and health care. That is what neo-liberalism is about----they are teamed with Republicans to end all War on Poverty, New Deal, labor and civil rights laws and that is what Clinton and Obama are doing. So, in comes Race to the Top and Common Core and the Affordable Care Act to do just that. Who was placed out in front in these policies? NAACP and labor unions. Who lost the most from these policies? People of color and labor.
Ben Jealous was placed at the head of national NAACP to do just that. He received a great big paycheck for doing it! He made the NAACP the Enterpreneur and Start Up focus instead of the civil rights focus and Wall Street gave national NAACP record donations to do this. Now, small business loans have always allowed everyone to start a small business so what is this Entrepreneur movement about? If you notice----Wall Street has the NAACP dismantling the entire public sector and it is emphasizing education and health as small businesses----this civil rights organization is being used by Wall Street to do the opposite of the mission. This education as business now moves to these career 'colleges' and online education businesses that are dismantling every bit of equal opportunity and access education.
THIS WAS A PLAN----AND IT WAS SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE CLINTON WAS ABLE TO CREATE THE CONDITIONS FOR MASS UNEMPLOYMENT WITH NAFTA AND GLOBAL MARKETS. PEOPLE SIMPLY WANT A JOB.
So, Baltimore is consumed by this entrepreneur propaganda with tons of private corporate non-profits and small businesses taking the public sector. Those businesses rarely last and if they do they will be pushed out by all Federal spending going to the national and global education and health corporations.
THIS IS WHY MARYLAND AND BALTIMORE IS SILENT WHILE THE ENTIRE SOCIAL SAFETY NET AND PUBLIC POLICY SYSTEM IS DISMANTLED.
Will global corporate economy in Maryland recognize minority labor laws and equal protection business and hiring? OF COURSE NOT----. This is killing the future of black and Hispanic small business ownership.
Refers to owning, organizing, and managing your own business by providing a necessary product or service.
- Only one (1) business plan may be submitted per student.
- Six (6) copies of a typed 8-½-inch by 11-inch double spaced business plan must accompany the project. The business plan, which should be a minimum of ten (10) pages and not to exceed twenty (20) pages, should include a cover page, executive summary, company description, a marketing plan, a management plan and a financial plan, in addition to any supporting documents (i.e. graphs, photographs, statistical data). The student’s name, page number and branch must be at the top of each page. The six (6) copies must be submitted on or before the specified deadline.
- The contestant is required to make an oral presentation, not to exceed five (5) minutes, explaining his/her business plan.
- A visual presentation in the form of a display, slide show, overhead or PowerPoint presentation should be provided.
- Contestants should be familiar with business terminology in general and about terminology related to their selected product/service.
- Contestants are required to have personally conducted the business plan analysis and have been involved with the production of any prototype product or service trials.
- The NAACP ACT-SO Program will provide electrical power and an LCD projector.
Contestants must provide a laptop.
New Jersey has seen devastating losses for labor and justice and union members are shouting where are our union leaders? Maryland has always been tough for labor and they do what they are told by neo-liberals and as this article shows----labor leaders in Maryland as in New Jersey are leading the effort to tie community colleges to corporate job training centers. Ask any trades union member and they will tell you these career programs are poor replacements for union apprenticeships and yet that is what these union leaders are doing-----ending union apprenticeships with what will be low-level career tracking.
Clinton neo-liberals are losing big time in New Jersey as in Maryland because labor understands how negatively all of this corporatization kills the ability of working and middle-class to access higher education.
THE MEMBERS CAN SEE HOW BAD THIS IS FOR THEM AS NATIONAL UNION LEADERS ACTIVELY PROMOTE IT. THEY DO IT TO KEEP UNION RIGHTS.
Will Trans Pacific Trade Pact allow unions? OF COURSE NOT! These national leaders are selling out the future strength of unions. See why we hear no protests from organized labor regarding education privatization hurting their membership the most? Same as the national NAACP.
Rutgers and NJIT are both corporate universities that are donating their profits from patenting to building these new corporate community colleges. Think to yourself----why would a very Republican Governor Chris Christie invest heavily in public education while privatizing K-12 with a strong private charter movement? He sees what Baltimore sees in attaching Baltimore City Community College to University of Maryland Baltimore-----the low-level poverty job training.
BECAUSE THESE CAREER COLLEGES ARE TAXPAYER FUNDED CORPORATE HUMAN RESOURCES SUBSIDIZING THE COST OF CORPORATIONS DOING BUSINESS.
N.J. colleges, unions spent $2M pushing higher education bond question
By Kelly Heyboer | The Star-Ledger
on December 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM, updated May 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM
New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark was one of the New Jersey colleges that contributed to a $2 million campaign to get voters to approve a higher education bond question on the November ballot. Star-Ledger file photo
NEWARK -- A coalition of New Jersey colleges, state labor unions and corporations spent more than $2 million to help persuade voters to pass the historic $750 million higher education bond question on last month's ballot, according to state election reports.
The money — the equivalent of about $1 for every vote cast on the bond question — went toward ads, mailings, consultants and other behind-the-scenes work to convince voters to approve millions in state borrowing to build new classrooms and labs on college campuses.
Supporters say it was money well spent. More than 63 percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of the question Nov. 6. New Jerseyans approved the measure despite fears the sputtering economy and the cost of Hurricane Sandy would scare voters away from increasing the state debt to help the colleges.
The passage of the bond question is expected to spur a statewide campus building boom as New Jersey's public, private and community colleges dip into the state money to construct and renovate buildings.
"Although it has been nearly a quarter of a century since New Jersey had a public referendum about capital funding for higher education, the significant support from the Governor, Legislature and ultimately the voters — to whom we are all very thankful — will help to create the opportunity for higher education to continue to move toward excellence for the State of New Jersey," said Joel Bloom, president of New Jersey Institute of Technology and one of the college leaders who helped raise the cash for the public campaign.
Dozens of higher education institutions, labor groups and private companies wrote large checks to rally voter support for the bond question, according to finance reports filed with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.
A political committee, called Building our Future, was formed in August to coordinate the effort to pass the bond. The group collected $2,019,690 in donations and spent nearly all of the cash before the election, according to the latest report filed earlier this month.
The largest donor was the NJIT Foundation, which contributed $550,000. NJIT officials said the money was collected from various state college, county college and private college foundations. NJIT wrote the check because Bloom, the president of the Newark university, serves as treasurer of the state Presidents' Council, a statewide group of college presidents.
Other universities made separate donations, including William Paterson University ($33,000) and the Rutgers University Foundation ($20,000). Colleges usually use donated money, not tuition or state funding, to support political causes.
The bond question campaign also attracted big donations from labor and trade unions, which expected the passage of the bond question to create construction jobs for their members.
Some of the largest labor union donors were: New Jersey Carpenters Contractor Network ($100,000) Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters ($100,000) and New Jersey State Electrical Workers ($100,000).
Several of the state's largest employers also wrote big checks. Contributions came in from PSE&G ($200,000), Prudential ($100,000), Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield ($50,000) and Verizon ($50,000).
Building our Future spent most of the donations as soon as they came in on consultants, radio ads, polls and its website, according to the expense reports filed with the state.
In the weeks before the election, the group spent $643,000 on cable television ads, $362,735 on radio ads, $265,762 on direct mail, $60,750 on polling and nearly $70,000 on consultants.
"We're proud of the campaign we ran and the broad bipartisan coalition among state business, labor and higher education institutions who understood that investing in our workforce to attract the high-tech jobs of the future will pay untold dividends for our state's economy long after capital construction jobs are completed," said Bill Hildebrand, Building our Future's spokesman.
Most of the state's colleges had plans waiting for new buildings and renovations, assuming voters would approve the $750 million in borrowing. The schools will split the state money.
Public research universities, including Rutgers, will get $300 million. The rest of the public four-year colleges will divide $247.5 million, county colleges will get $150 million and private colleges will get $52.5 million. Princeton University, the state's wealthiest school, will be excluded.
Below you see why Baltimore City has no labor and justice leaders and that most business people and politicians fall into Johns Hopkins and corporate rule-----Hopkins has captured the most motivated and capable from underserved communities and indoctrinated them at Hopkins. People coming from Hopkins will have the global corporate market and control and winning at all cost attitude that fills Baltimore City Hall, Baltimore Community Associations, and Baltimore Development. All of these leaders look toward Baltimore Development and Hopkins to tell them what to do.
Today's education reform does the same with K-12----Hopkins has created tiered schools with most talented brought to schools connected to Hopkins. So, this is why a city that should be soaring with labor and justice power-----is absolutely silent. Take the future leaders from community schools.
Look at the timing of this program----2005-----just a few years before the 2008 crash and the bold transition of installing Trans Pacific Trade Pact and restructuring Maryland and Baltimore government to corporate rule. Ten years later----there is the worst of civil rights and liberties policy and massive fraud and corruption stealing the people's wealth and no movement to fight.
THAT'S A PLAN FOLKS.
Looks like Hopkins feels it has enough grads to control city operations----no more scholars program!
The Center Scholars Program is currently not admitting new cohorts.
Baltimore Scholars Program
About the Program
The Baltimore Scholars Program offers full-tuition scholarships for Baltimore City public high school students who are accepted to Johns Hopkins University (see Eligibility below). Since its founding, the university has been committed to bettering the community of which it is a part, and to supporting public education in Baltimore City. The university hopes that all of Baltimore’s best students will consider studying at Johns Hopkins, a world class university in their own backyard.
The inaugural class of Baltimore Scholars entered the university in 2005; since then, over 100 Baltimore Scholars have enrolled at Johns Hopkins through the program. In addition to the full-tuition scholarship, students receive guidance and enrichment throughout their years here and benefit from working closely with a faculty and staff program committee to achieve their goals as soon as they enroll.
Eligibility To be eligible for the program, the prospective student must meet four requirements. He/she must:
- be a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident.
- be a graduate from a Baltimore City public high school.
- have been a student in a Baltimore City public school for at least 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and have been a resident of Baltimore City, along with a custodial parent, for those same three years.
- enroll at Johns Hopkins no later than two years following high school graduation, maintain City residency, and have enrolled in no post-secondary coursework.
Students from all over Baltimore are being hit with the dismantling of public education. Since Baltimore is a majority black city more damage is done to black communities but white and Hispanic working and middle-class are feeling the cheapening and narrowing of education. Whether it is school closing, lack of funding and resources, or attacks on teachers and growing online lessons lowering Baltimore's school children's interest in education -----Baltimore's school children know they are being subjected to anything other than equal opportunity and access public education.
City schools are being made specific to corporate industry with K-12 focusing only on skill development for that industry and elimination of humanities and liberal arts to a narrow curricula for that specific skill development. This is exactly what the neo-liberal Chinese education looks like. Add to this all kinds of corporate after-school education businesses that make your child more competitive ----
I THINK I'M TURNING CHINESE I REALLY THINK SO!
City students march to district offices, briefly shut down JFX entrance
About 100 students from City College High School marched to school board headquarters on Friday demanding input in the system's budget and school policing. (Joe Burris and Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun) By Joe Burris The Baltimore Sun
City College students stage march in Baltimore. Baltimore students walk out of school, say they want input on budget, other issues. Dozens of City College high school students staged a protest Friday that prompted police to briefly shut down the Jones Falls Expressway's North Avenue entrance.
They demanded more input in school system policies and deplored treatment by school police. They said school officers regard students with mistrust and disrespect.
"Show me what democracy looks like," the students shouted. "This is what democracy looks like."
Students from City College blocked intersections and rallied at city school headquarters Friday, saying they want a say in school budget matters. (Joe Burris) One adult was arrested at the Interstate 83 ramp, which swelled with motorists while police cruisers tried to redirect traffic. Baltimore police declined to identify the person arrested but said he was charged with failure to obey a police order.
City College junior Makayla Gilliam-Price, one of the demonstration organizers, said students want input on such matters as the public school district's budget and how school police are trained. She said they also wanted school system CEO Gregory Thornton to make a statement in support of student organizing, so "we will no longer be treated as nuisances."
"We want to re-create [a] student commission, so we can have more students present in the meetings when they're discussing the budget," said Gilliam-Price, 16.
The protest began Friday morning when about three dozen students filed out of City College as the bells sounded for the change of classes. The group assembled outside, then returned inside to beckon more students to join. Moments later, they filed out again, their numbers doubled. The students proceeded to Loch Raven Boulevard, at times walking in the middle of the street as cars slowly followed behind.
Chanting protest slogans, the group then proceeded to the intersection of 33rd and St. Paul streets. With motorists honking horns and police flanked nearby, they formed a square and sat down in the road.
About 20 minutes later they marched down St. Paul Street, where they were met by police. After a brief discussion between officers and students, the students marched down St. Paul while police blocked crossing streets.
The students marched to school board offices on North Avenue and lay down in the lobby.
Hassan Charles, executive director of the school system's office of engagement, read a statement from Thornton — who was not present — to the protesters, saying the school system supported involvement from students and parents.
"We want to encourage constructive dialogue from all students, parents, faculty and school leadership and are committed to that dialogue," Charles said. He added that school officials would conduct a "citywide listening tour to hear from representative bodies of students across the system."
Students applauded the speech, but Gilliam-Price said the students still planned to request a meeting with the superintendent. The students then filed out of the building and down North Avenue, spreading across lanes while police cars trailed close behind.
The procession then headed up the JFX on a ramp toward a merge lane. After about 10 minutes along the on ramp, students retreated and went back to school system headquarters. About 1:30 p.m., the students ended the demonstration and departed, with many headed back to school.
School officials said students who participated in the demonstration received unexcused absences.