Public education is under attack. Corporate-backed behemoths like the Walton (Walmart) and Fisher (Gap Inc) foundations are pouring millions into manufacturing a new pro-corporate education reform consensus on our campuses, propping up groups like Teach for America, Students for Education Reform, and countless sponsored academic research programs. Their goal? To privatize our public education system, turning over a major public good into private hands, in the process smashing the only organized force that has dared to stand up to them: teachers’ unions.
Our teachers have been beating back the corporate attack alone for a long time now. But that’s about to change.
USAS is launching a new campaign to fight back against the corporate robber barons that are dominating the education debate on our campuses, sidelining teachers and education professionals as collateral damage in their take-no-prisoners war against unions. We think it’s about time for corporate-backed groups on our campuses to be called out for what they are and stop getting a free pass when they peddle anti-union trash as grassroots charm.
It’s not that hard to unmask them. Teach for America, for example, partners with Goldman Sachs, the massive investment bank that drove our economy into the ditch and sent hundreds of thousands of homes into unjust foreclosure. Meanwhile, the Walton Foundation gave a quarter million dollars to Students for Education Reform and over $22 million to at least 48 different colleges and universities around the country in 2012 alone.
Interested in joining the campaign? Contact USAS National Organizer Jan Van Tol.