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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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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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Eight Questions Betsy DeVos Won’t Get Right about School Vouchers #AERA17

We’re in a watershed moment for public education. Donald Trump has committed to spending $20 billion on market-based school choice, including charter schools and vouchers. He’s also proposed cutting afterschool programs, as well as college grants and federal work study programs for college students. But the most significant move away from public education our country is making right now is

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Devos Confirmed. Now what?

Julian Vasquez Heilig joins Southern Arizona talk show host John C. Scott on KEVT, 1210 AM. We talked about the implications of the confirmation of Besty Devos as US Secretary of Education on K-12 and higher education. For more on Betsy Devos click here. Check out and follow my YouTube channel here. Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this

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Should @BetsyDeVos be confirmed as Sec of Ed in Senate?

Julian Vasquez Heilig discusses whether Betsy DeVos should be confirmed at US Secretary of Education on the Rick Smith Show. They also discuss whether her school “choice” ideology for education has worked. Here are a few teaser tweets from the conversation: @ProfessorJVH @BadassTeachersA DeVos's new pyramid scheme is our children's minds. #EdReform — Rick Smith (@RickSmithShow) February 1, 2017 @ProfessorJVH

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Alert: @NAACP formally opposing @BetsyDeVos

During School Choice Week a white Texas governor tried to convince the public that school choice, including school vouchers, are civil rights. However, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organizations appears to disagree with that premise by formally opposing Betsy DeVos, the school choice queen, for US Secretary of Education. (For more on Betsy DeVos click here). It was kind of cool that @NAACP

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