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The Tide May Be Turning on Billionaire Backers of Charter Schools in California

For years, billionaires have donated millions to promote pro-privatization, school choice candidates in political races ranging from local school board, to state houses, to Washington, D.C. An avalanche of political donations from deep-pocketed national advocates for private-management of education—such as entrepreneur Eli Broad, the Walton family (heirs to the Walmart fortune), co-founder of the Gap retail chain Doris Fisher, and other wealthy

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California Just Banned For-Profit Charter Schools. Why?

California just banned for-profit charter schools. Existing California law, the Charter Schools Act of 1992, authorizes charter schools to elect to operate as a nonprofit public benefit corporation. However, despite the original legal and policy vision for non-profit schools, thousands of students are now enrolled in charters controlled by for-profit corporations. Currently in California, according to the Assembly Education Committee, for-profit corporations operate schools that serve

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Is DeVos Planning Assault On Latino Student Services?

Dr. Rose Castro Feinberg (FIU) and Dr. Deb Palmer (University of Colorado) recently contacted me and expressed concerned that Betsy DeVos’s team is mulling a significant assault on the organization of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the main K-12 arm of the U.S. Department of Education. EdWeek writes (Although, I must say, I am NOT a fan

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US ED Secretary Betsy DeVos Lampooned on Late Night TV

I’ve gathered the late night humor about Betsy DeVos. Enjoy. Betsy DeVos Has a Lot of Learning to Do https://t.co/RpxrfgNCoq via @comedycentral — JulianVasquezHeilig (@ProfessorJVH) March 17, 2018 Conan, Betsy DeVos and Stormy Daniels Are Equally Qualified To Be Education Secretary https://t.co/Mj6PssUPdG via @thr — JulianVasquezHeilig (@ProfessorJVH) March 17, 2018

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Student Uprising! #NeverAgain Assaults School Gun Violence

In my newest contribution to The Progressive magazine, I argue “If the nation follows the advice of Trump and the NRA, the #NeverAgain movement would then need to also address the modern-day lynching of students in their own classrooms.” Jeff Bryant writes, In the tragic aftermath of the horrendous shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students who

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Betsy DeVos and Trump are WRONG: What We Know About School Privatization #NPE17CA

Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos have claimed that charters and vouchers are better options for students than public schools. The research tell us that she is wrong. The year 2017 marked the 4th annual Network for Public Education (NPE) national conference in Oakland, California. We joined with friends and allies to learn, share and prepare for the challenges that lie ahead

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