"Colleagues, Students and friends,
As many of you know, I have been in a dispute with our school, the Art Institutes, for some months now, over their policy of mandatory e textbooks in classes where their inclusion seems arbitrary, inappropriate and completely motivated by profit. In July I asked the US Department of Education, the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education and WASC (our accrediting agency) to look into my concerns. Since that time, the school and its parent company EDMC have escalated the pressure on me to select a book for a class I teach that I don't think requires one.
Today, the President of the school, Greg Marick, presented me with an ultimatum; either choose a book by Tuesday, Aug 14th or the company will terminate my employment for insubordination. My response, of course, is that I will not change my mind on this issue and that I'm determined to resist the policy however I can. I think this means that, as of this week, I will no longer be teaching at AI.
I want you, my students and colleagues to know that it has been my great honor and privilege to have worked with you over the last 11 years, and that I will miss the opportunity to work for you and with you. I have enjoyed my time as a teacher very much, but it appears as though it is now time to move on. Furthermore, you can count on me to continue the struggle that I have instigated on this issue, if only from the outside. Although it aint over till it's over, it looks like a 99.5% deal, barring an 11th hour change of heart by the corporation, which would surprise me.
I will keep you updated over the next few days as to any new developments.
I thank you for your friendship, comradeship and support."
If anyone here goes to a for profit school, went to one, or is planning on going to one, please give this petition a read and a signature if you agree.
I don't normally shove these around, especially not here on PC, but this (for profit schools) is a topic that comes up weekly here, and I figured a lot of you could associate to this problem.
Cheers, and thanks for the look.