“The effect on education, of course, is obvious. It means that the concentrated power of the business classes will determine educational as well as other policies. That’s why you’re getting charter schools, cutting back of funding for state colleges, the corporatization of the universities. I mean, it’s across the board.” — Professor Noam Chomsky
Voices Against Privatizing Public Education member Steve Zeltzer sent in the following reports on important actions in Los Angeles this week.
WorkWeek August 18, 2015: Public Education Broad Protests In Los Angeles Unified School District and Class War In San Francisco North Beach
WorkWeek looks at the opening day protests in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at the Hobart Elementary School over the removal and retaliation against star teacher Raif Esquith, the co-location of a charter in the Stoner Elementary school that steals rooms from the public school and a protest against the Eli Broad Foundation Offices for pushing privatization and charters. These actions took place on August 17, 2015.
- For more information on the Stoner Elementary School
- For more information on the Repeal of Charters go to
- A Call to Defend Public Education
Bring Back Rafe! LA Harbor Elementary School Protest For Targeted Star Teacher
Dozens of students, parents, teachers and supporters of Rafe Esquith, rallied at the Hobart Elementary School in LAUSD to demand the return of their nationally known teacher, Rafe Esquith was put in a teacher's jail and threatened with termination for supposedly reading Shakespeare in his class. The star teacher at the school is not alone. Over 1,000 teachers at LAUSD has contacted the law firm representing him to report workplace bullying and frame-ups particularly against senior teachers throughout the district.