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Losing America's Schools

The Fight to Reclaim Public Education

Nancy E. Bailey

Losing America’s Schools: The Fight to Reclaim Public Education is a call to save one of the last great democratic institutions in America. Corporatization, charter schools, misleading claims of skill gaps, the loss of Separation of Church and State, deprofessionalization, and the over–use of technology all threaten the existence of the schools that belong to all Americans. This book addresses the problems surrounding those issues, and is a tribute to the groups and individuals who are fighting draconian reforms in order to save our public schools. It is the sequel to Misguided Education Reform: Debating the Impact on Students. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 184Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4758-2861-0 • Hardback • June 2016 • $50.00 • (£32.95)
978-1-4758-2862-7 • Paperback • June 2016 • $25.00 • (£15.95)
978-1-4758-2863-4 • eBook • June 2016 • $23.00 • (£15.95)
Nancy E. Bailey, Ph.D. taught students with a wide range of beautiful differences in special education for many years. She can be found advocating for democratic public schools on her blog Nancy Bailey’s Education Website at www.nancyebailey.com. She is the author of the 2013 Misguided Education reform: Debating the Impact on Students.

Chapter 1 Corporate Takeover
School Privatization
New American Schools
Edison Schools
The Sandia Report
The Business Roundtable
Venture Philanthropy
Walton Family Foundation
Broad Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
High-Stakes Testing
Common Core State Standards
Teachers Unions
American Legislative Exchange Council
Conclusion: America’s Schools

Chapter 2 Replacing Public Schools with Charter Schools
Lost Opportunity
Charters v. Public Schools
Special Education
Conclusion: The End of Charter Schools

Chapter 3 Students, Jobs and the Global Economy
College for All
Privatized High School Programs
Vocational—Career and Technical Education
The Military
Conclusion: Careers

Chapter 4 Religion’s Threat to Public Schools
Horace Mann
Charter Schools
Character Education
Conclusion: Separation of Church and State

Chapter 5 Vanishing Professions—Teachers and School Leaders
Teach for America
The New Teacher Project
Colleges of Education
Teacher Certification
National Council on Teacher Quality
New Leaders
Superintendents and School Leaders
Michelle Rhee
Secretary of Education
Conclusion: Educators

Chapter 6 Virtual v. Brick and Mortar Public Schools
Online Schools
Privatizing Online Schools
K12 Inc.
School of the Future
Student Privacy
Competency-Based Education
Conclusion: Real Schools and Teachers

About the author
Nancy Bailey’s Losing America’s Schools: The Fight to Reclaim Public Education reveals the shenanigans used by those who are busy turning public education into just another commodity. In a very well-researched and documented display of wisdom, Bailey offers a detailed look at school privatization from Reagan to current-day venture capitalists. I have learned a lot from Dr. Bailey. Her honesty shines on every page. This book is a must-read for parents, teachers, community leaders, politicians, and scholars.
Doug Martin, author of “Hoosier School Heist: How Corporations and Theocrats Stole Democracy From Public Education”

Nancy Bailey's book is not just important for American schools, teachers, parents and children. The attack on publicly funded schools that she documents so clearly in her excellent book has also been taking place in parallel here in England. Her book deserves and needs to be widely read on both sides of the Atlantic.
Roger Titcombe, retired headteacher, educational researcher and author of Learning Matters. https://rogertitcombelearningmatters.wordpress.com/

Bailey’s message, which reveals the ugly truth hidden behind the golden rhetoric of deep-pocketed “reformers,” has been ignored and/or suppressed by the mainstream media, but it is one that is vital for the American public to grasp. The philanthropist in the true sense, the one who loves human beings, is Nancy Bailey herself, for exposing the harm of the “reformers’” policies and for keeping the needs of all children for an engaging, enriching educational experience as her utmost concern.

Sheila Resseger, retired ELA teacher at the RI School for the Deaf