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Mon May 9, 2016, 03:47 PM

Higher education, Republicans, and Privatization

Here in Ohio, known as the "wild west of charter schools" under the leadership (?) of John (I wanna be president) Kasich, higher education is also under fire. The test case that I am most familiar with is at The University of Akron, where a new, very Republican president has engaged in a two-year campaign to undermine academic programs, privatize student services, and fill the highest parts of the administration with very expensive cronies.

This past year rumors were flying that Akron was looking at partnering with the notorious for-profit college, ITT Tech. That apparently has fallen through, but not before the student newspaper put in a records request and learned that this planned partnership had connections to the highest levels of state government. Here is a link to the information, provided by a local monthly paper that has done fantastic work on the issues at Akron: http://www.thedevilstrip.com/home/documents-reveal-a-political-whos-who-of-ohio-supported-scarboroughs-itt-tech-plan/

I know that Ohio is not unique. Republican governors and legislatures are attacking public higher education. I just wanted to share our story with you all. We all need to be paying attention to what is happening all across the country. Public higher education is so important to our health as a nation.

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ladym55 May 2016 OP
elleng May 2016 #1
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Mon May 9, 2016, 04:08 PM

1. They're against EDUCATION!

ONE example, 'Truly, Donald Trump knows nothing. He is more ignorant about policy than you can possibly imagine, even when you take into account the fact that he is more ignorant than you can possibly imagine. But his ignorance isnít as unique as it may seem: In many ways, heís just doing a clumsy job of channeling nonsense widely popular in his party, and to some extent in the chattering classes more generally.'

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/opinion/the-making-of-an-ignoramus.html?

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Thu May 26, 2016, 04:59 PM

2. Don't you know about GATS and TiSA?

and the global war on public higher education and health care?

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