Resisting Decades of "Reform" Movement Disruption in the California Community Colleges
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Why have so many advocacy organizations whose decision makers have little, if any, direct experience within the California Community Colleges, successfully determined the policy and funding direction of the system over the past few decades? In 2020, I began researching a range of California-based advocacy organizations which have redefined the mission for the California Community Colleges to meet the goals of the so-called education “reform” agenda. As education historian and former US Assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch has revealed through her body of work, the unhidden intention of these policies has been to defund, disrupt, and dismantle public education. Compelled by Ravitch’s argument in Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools that “The Resistance” has successfully defeated the reform agenda in K-12, I believe it is time for a successful resistance movement within the California Community Colleges. The purpose of this article is to call out the educational “reform” movement’s agenda and plant the seed for an organized resistance to the policies that have been defunding, disrupting, and dismantling the California Community Colleges for the past two decades.
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