Public School Shakedown is dedicated to EXPOSING the behind-the-scenes effort to privatize our public schools, and CONNECTING pro-public school activists nationwide.

"Public School Shakedown will be a fantastic addition to the debate," says education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch. "The Progressive is performing a great public service by helping spread the word about the galloping privatization of our public schools."

"Free public education, doors open to all, no lotteries, is a cornerstone of our democracy," Ravitch adds. "If we allow large chunks of it to be handed over to private operators, religious schools, for-profit enterprises, and hucksters, we put our democracy at risk."

An excerpt from Ravitch's forthcoming book, "Rein of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools" is featured on the cover of the October issue of the Progressive.

The Progressive is proud to bring Diane Ravitch to the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wisconsin on November 14 at 7:30 pm. Tickets available at the door, or in advance for a suggested donation of $5 to $10. For more information call Andrea Potter at the Progresssive: (608) 257-4626

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming live chats on the Public School Shakedown site.


And meet the rest of our Featured Writers: A network of brilliant, funny, and well-informed education experts who have been tracking the attack on public schools around the nation.

They include cult favorites like EduShyster: http://www.publicschoolshakedown.org/EduShyster , who has built an avid fan base with the funniest, most irreverent writing on the education reform industry in America today.

Our nationwide network of bloggers is coordinated by Jonathan Pelto: http://www.publicschoolshakedown.org/node/109 , a leading public school advocate, former state legislator in Connecticut, and the author of the most-read commentary site in his home state.

"If President Eisenhower were alive today he would be warning us about the dangers associated with the Education Reform Industrial Complex," says Pelto. "Public School Shakedown will be an extraordinarily important source of information and a leading force in the developing battle to take back control of our public schools and stop the education reform industry as they seek to privatize and undermine public education in America."

Our partners include:

The National Education Policy Center: http://nepc.colorado.edu/ which brings together the best education experts in the country to provide academically rigorous, peer-reviewed research and analysis of education policy.

The Center for Media and Democracy: http://www.prwatch.org/ which has exposed the ALEC agenda in the states: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed , including the assault on public education:

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign: http://www.wisdc.org/ which tracks money in politics in Wisconsin—and has dug deep into the rise of the school-choice lobby as a leader of campaign spending.

Michigan Campaign Finance Network: http://www.mcfn.org/ which tracks money in politics in that state—a hotbed of national anti-public-school activism.

One Wisconsin Now: http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/ , a nonprofit progressive advocacy group that has done groundbreaking research on the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation: http://www.bradleywatch.org/ , a major behind-the-scenes player in the anti-public-school movement nationwide.

Rethinking Schools www.rethinkingschools.org the teacher-founded nonprofit journal of education.

At The Chalk Face http://atthechalkface.com/ the progressive news site and radio show founded to put educators' voices back into the conversation about education.

And, most importantly, YOU!!

It's up to active, engaged citizens to stand up to the moneyed interests that are trying to tear down this cornerstone of our democracy.

Across the country, the fight is on.

Join us!

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