Education Industry

Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools on the State and City’s Floundering Charters – Education Article

Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools   June 5, 2019 For immediate release: Statement of APPS Re CREDO study   The CREDO study released today presents more evidence that the charter experiment foisted upon the state’s children has been a resounding failure, especially considering the enormous amount of taxpayer dollars that have been spent on charter schools.     For many reasons, comparing charters to district schools is not an apples-to-apples exercise. Charter schools receive outside funding from private donors, including significant amounts every…

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California Teachers Association on Thurmond’s Charter Task Force Report – Education Article

Contact: Claudia Briggs at 916-325-1550BURLINGAME – The California Charter School Task Force created by Governor Gavin Newsom and led by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond released its recommendations today, which reiterate the need for accountability and changes to the laws authorizing and operating California’s charter schools. The report recommendations reflect the intent of bills currently being considered by California lawmakers. The majority of the body charged with considering the economic impact of charter schools on neighborhood public schools and…

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Who Benefits from Unlimited Expansion of Charter Schools? – Education Article

Whenever there is a battle over the expansion of charter schools, we read in the papers that “charter parents” prevailed and the teachers’ union lost. Why don’t the stories say “charter lobbyists prevail,” and public schools and their students lost? Why do reporters always assume that only the unions oppose charter expansion. Why are “charter parents” seeking more charter schools? Don’t their children already attend a charter school? Here is the conundrum. Who benefits when legislators allow unlimited expansion of…

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My New Book Was Just Announced! – Education Article

I am very excited! My new book was just announced! The title is: SLAYING GOLIATH: The Impassioned Fight to Defeat the Privatization Movement and to Save America’s Public Schools.  It will be published on January 14, 2020, by Knopf, the most prestigious publisher in America. The editor is the brilliant Victoria Wilson, who is also an author, having written the definitive biography of Barbara Stanwyck. In Slaying Goliath, you will read about the heroes of the Resistance, those who stood up to…

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San Diego School Board Endorses Charter School Reforms – Education Article

Last night, the elected Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District passed a strong resolution endorsing four bills in the State Legislature that would impose discipline on the Wild West unregulated charter industry. The bills are described in the resolution. They would impose a moratorium on charter school expansion, revive local control, and increase oversight of charters. This resolution demonstrates that the board is willing to stand up to the rapacious charter industry. Like this: Like Loading……

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Michigan: President of State Board Explains Why It Declined to Spend $47 Million for New Charters – Education Article

  Casandra E. Ulbrich, president of the Michigan State Board of Education, responded to an editorial in the Detroit News complaining that the State Board rejected $47 million for new charter schools. She explains why the Board declined to spend the money awarded to the state by the federal Charter Schools Program. It doesn’t need new schools or new charters. About 80% of the charters operating in the state are “for-profit.” Furthermore, as Michigan has invested in charters, its test scores…

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Bad News for the Sackler Family – Education Article

The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures and markets (ed) OxyContin, a highly addictive opioid. More than 200,000 people have died of opioid addiction. The Sackler family is listed by Forbes as one of the richest families in America with a net worth of $14 billion. The Sackler name is engraved on museums, libraries, and universities. Some of those institutions have removed the Sackler name or said they do not welcome future donations. The Sacklers are major supporters of…

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Bernie Sanders’ Bold Plan for Education – Education Article

  Senator Bernie Sanders has produced an excellent plan for education . Thus far, he is the only candidate to address K-12. His first principle is crucial: Every human being has the fundamental right to a good education. Read the plan. Sanders’ commitment to funding education is breathtaking. He intends to triple the funding of Title 1 for the neediest children. He proposes a national floor for per-pupil spending. He wants to reduce class sizes. He promises that the federal…

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Peter Greene: Data Analytics Firm Knewton Bites the Dust – Education Article

Well, here is a nice development for those of us who object to depersonalized learning. The data analytics firm called Knewton is going out of business. Knewton was acquired by Pearson and was supposed to be the ultimate refinement of data mining. Peter Greene describes the rise and fall of Knewton here. The founder and CEO of Knewton was Jose Ferreira, who believed he was bringing Big Data into the classroom. He claimed in a video that with his techniques,…

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Los Angeles: First Charter Strike Ever in California – Education Article

A small number of charter schools have gone on strike in Los Angeles. This is remarkable because charter schools were created to eliminate teachers’ unions. That’s why the Waltons Fund them. That’s why DeVos and the Koch brothers fund them. The remarkable story in the following press release from UTLA is what happened when charter school parents tried to meet with the charter Zceo. Instead of listening to them, he called the police. MEDIA ADVISORYContact: Anna Bakalis, 213-305-9654Kim Turner, 213-305-9316…

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A Message from Bernie about UTLA Strike – Education Article

Just received. He gets it! Bernie SandersSisters and Brothers – There is something happening in Los Angeles that you need to know about and that we all need to do something about. Today, for the first time in 30 years, more than 30,000 Los Angeles public school teachers are on strike fighting for smaller class sizes and decent wages, for nurses, counselors and librarians in their schools, and against a coordinated effort from billionaires on the right to make money…

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