Privatization

Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits

Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits
At 192% occupancy, Alabama's prisons are so overcrowded that some fear a federal takeover. It's likely that some sort of prison reform (or maybe just a building spree) will be a major topic of the 2015 legislative session. And when the private prison lobbyists start waving donation checks and ALEC-inspired bills at legislators, there's a good chance some form of privatization will be under discussion.  
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The Gentrification of Camden's Schools: Cutting $72M from Public Education, Providing $72M to Charters

The Gentrification of Camden's Schools: Cutting $72M from Public Education, Providing $72M to Charters
Apartheid is alive and well in New Jersey and around the country, as scores of black and brown children living in high poverty are being discriminated against, their schools closed, their neighborhoods up-ended, and their voices silenced. And yet the mainstream media is perfectly content to ignore it.
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Using Public Funds to Hire Private Firms to Collect Public Funds: The IRS and Outsourcing

Using Public Funds to Hire Private Firms to Collect Public Funds: The IRS and Outsourcing
How do you make the IRS even more scary? Hire private firms to relentlessly harass Americans that owe it money.
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Did Privatization Cause the Turkey Mine Disaster?

Did Privatization Cause the Turkey Mine Disaster?
Professor Juan Cole of Informed Comment explains what led to Turkey's mining disaster that killed over 300 people, as well as the Turkish integration of religious right politics and neo-liberalism and what comes next in India and Turkey.
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Corporate Interests Change Lexicon for School Privatization into 'Education Reform'

Corporate Interests Change Lexicon for School Privatization into 'Education Reform'
A new book by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch sheds light on the growing fight by corporate interests to redo education laws and standards, in part to limit the power of teachers unions, in part to apply standardized testing (they sell) to sort America's children into data points on a normal curve used to sort the future workforce.
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Chaz Bolte
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Tax Cuts vs Investment: Economic Experiments in the Heartland

Tax Cuts vs Investment: Economic Experiments in the Heartland
Stark contrasts in the economic policies of Texas, Kansas and Missouri will show further evidence of what it takes to lure quality employment — or minimum wage jobs — to a community. Large tax cuts and even larger cuts to education stand in one corner, entrepreneurial businesses offering good salaries may stand in the other. America will see.
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Five Poisons of Privatization

Five Poisons of Privatization
Essential human needs are being packaged into products to be bought and sold. The right to food and water, education, health care, public spaces, and unrestricted speech shouldn't be based on who can pay the most, or on who can generate profits with the slickest marketing pitch.
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