Education Industry

Bernie Sanders Calls for an End to Annual Standardized Testing – Education Article

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was one of the few members of the U.S. Senate to vote against No Child Left Behind when it was approved by Congress in 2001. Today is the anniversary of the signing of that law. Sanders writes that the federal mandate for annual testing in grades 3-8 has been an expensive failure. In this article in USA Today, Sanders calls for an end to the NCLB mandate, which remained in place through Race to the Top…

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Angie Sullivan: The Charter Industry in Nevada is Asleep at the Wheel, Gone Off the Road, Crashed into a Ditch – Education Article

Angie Sullivan is a teacher in a Title 1 elementary school in Las Vegas. She regularly writes the members of the Nevada legislature to share her outrage about the underfunding of the state’s neediest schools and the state’s waste of money on charter schools, which dominate the state’s list of the lowest performing schools. Here is her latest:   Still Asleep At The Wheel  What happened?   Pile of fraud and graft.   These charter titles got money and did…

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Chester-Upland Fights Charter Takeover | Diane Ravitch’s blog – Education Article

Staff and parents of students in the remaining public schools of the Chester-Upland district in Pennsylvania, are planning a rally to protest the charter proposal to take over all the elementary students. The district’s big charter, owned by a for-profit corporation that belongs to a wealthy lawyer, has lower scores on state tests than the public schools it wants to close. Chester Community Charter School, owned by wealthy Republican donor Vehan Gureghian, is a low-performing charter. The charter aims to…

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Good News! New Hampshire Legislators Table Federal Grant for New Charters – Education Article

Betsy DeVos gave New Hampshire $46 million to. Double the number of charter schools. The state commissioner of education said, illogically, that adding charter schools was a good way to handle declining student enrollment. If that doesn’t make sense, It is because it’s nonsense. Adding new charters is sure to accelerate enrollment declines. The legislature’s fiscal committee voted on party lines to table the first $10 million, pending a study of the fiscal impact on existing schools. Since neither Governor…

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New Hampshire: Democrats Block GOP Effort to Gut Local Control – Education Article

  New Hampshire’s Republican Governor, Chris Sununu (his fatherJohn Sununu was Chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush), appointed a father who homeschooled his children to be State Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Frank Edelblut has dedicated his time in office to undermining public schools. His big idea is called “Learn Everywhere,” wgphich would allow the State Board of education to allow graduation credits for anything they wished, whether it was for-profit, or commercial, or lessons with Miss Sally, or…

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Betsy DeVos: U.S. is on “Verge of Making Education Great Again” – Education Article

All it took to make American education “great again” was two-and-a-half years of Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. So saith Betsy DeVos to the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan.  DeVos vigorously defended charter schools, especially in Detroit, even though most Detroit charters underperform Detroit public schools and are run as profit-making businesses. DeVos opened Saturday’s program at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference by celebrating her mission to spread education freedom across the country. The Michigan native slammed teacher unions…

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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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