​#1090 The corporatization of our schools (Education)

Air Date: 3-28-2017

Today we look at the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to head the Department of education and some of the ideological and historical context that brought us to this point

​Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Betsy DeVos Confirmation Proves You Can Buy Power - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-09-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares

Ch. 4: Act 2: The truth about school vouchers for impoverished or disabled children - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date 2-17-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Teach Me Something - Hot Tip

Ch. 6: Act 3: Charter Schools - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 08-22-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: How to save a life - The Fray

Ch. 8: Act 4: The history of education policies and their purposes - @Making_Contact - Air Date 3-14-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Dancing Through Life - Christopher Fitzgerald, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Michelle Federer & Norbert Leo Butz

Ch. 10: Act 5: Will Reaganomics Put The Final Nail In The Coffin of Public Education? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Idiots are taking over - NOFX

Ch. 12: Act 6: #SaveOurSchools- Stop Legislation that Kills Public Education & Hurts Poor Children via @Network4pubed - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 14: Act 7: Diane Ravitch on the damage Betsy DeVos can do to the Department of Education - Who What Why - Air Date 1-20-17


Ch. 15: Improve on the ACA to build toward single payer - Matt from Pueblo, CO

Ch. 16: New York Health campaign - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 17: The ACA is a step towards single payer - Evan from Texas

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 18: Final comments on the way to negotiate for a better health care system

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone



Get involved with Network for Public Education and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Join the conversations about school vouchers online with #SaveOurSchools

Call Members of Congress: Countable.us Education Bills ; Members of the Education and the Workforce Committee


Read the Summary of HR 610 (Congress.gov)

Do Private-School Vouchers Promote Segregation? (The Atlantic)

Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America's Schools to Build "God's Kingdom" (Mother Jones)

Jeff Bryan: The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Budget Proposals for Education (DianaRavitch.com)

Tensions rise as vouchers pick up traction across Wisconsin (Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Subtracting Schools from Communities (Urban.org)

 Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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