Charter Schools

4 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally.
4 days ago
The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally.
4 days ago
As Acero teachers continued their strike Saturday, demanding better pay and smaller class sizes, the charter school network has filed a court order to end the strike.
4 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) — The nation’s first teachers’ strike against a charter school operator is ending in Chicago. The Chicago Teachers Union says more than 500 teachers will return to classes Monday at Acero’s charter schools after reaching the tentative agreement just before 5 a.m. Sunday. The union said in a news release the deal “aligns” […]
5 days ago
In this week's roundup of education news: The nation's first strike at a charter school network. We also look at two new reports. One finds that special ed teachers are in short supply; the other finds that school spending is up — with a caveat, of course.
1 week ago
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor’s race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country’s highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state’s attorney general, ultimately lost to Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat and former […]
1 week ago
Parents and grassroots organizations are pushing for elections as the only way to hold schools accountable. At a recent school board meeting in New Orleans, more than 100 parents swamped the hearing room, requiring dozens to have to stand. Many of the parents had filled out public comment cards so they would be allowed to address the board.What most in the crowd came prepared to talk about were their concerns about recent recommendations by the superintendent to close five schools and transfer the students to other schools in the district. Their demand was for the elected board to take a more hands-on role in improving the schools instead of closing them down.But when Ashana Bigard, a New Orleans public school parent and advocate, realized the board had altered the agenda, and limited parents’ comment time, she decided to speak out of turn.“How is closing the schools helping our children?” she asked the board members. She pointed out that many of the children in the schools...
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CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network took to the picket lines Tuesday in what their union described as the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S.
1 week ago
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of teachers have gone on strike at a Chicago charter school network, leading to canceled classes for about 7,500 students. The strike at Chicago’s Acero charter schools began Tuesday morning at the 15 schools, which are privately run but funded by taxpayer money. The some 500 teachers at the predominantly Latino […]
1 week ago
The state auditor’s recent conclusion that the results are mixed for the state's charter schools is worth further examination, not a rush to judgment.
2 weeks ago
The Washington state auditor's office found "mixed results" when it evaluated the accountability of the state's charter schools during the 2017-2018 school year.
3 weeks ago
The Sackler Family (previously) are a family of self-styled philanthropist billionaires who have been largely successful in their campaign to whitewash their family name by giving away a few percentage points off the profits they earned from deliberately creating the opioid epidemic by tricking and bribing doctors to overprescribe Oxycontin, falsely claiming that it was not addictive, and promoting the idea that any doctor who left a patient feeling pain was engaged in malpractice. Destroying America was only the beginning for the Sacklers: even as their family business, Purdue Pharma, was admitting to its wrongdoing, they were engaged in exactly the same kind of deliberate corporate murder in new markets like Brazil -- and then attacking public education with a ideologically motivated PR campaign aimed at replacing public schools with charter schools. But the noose is tightening on the Sacklers: as the family dissolves into a bickering mess, they are facing mass litigation and cri...
3 weeks ago
From California to New York, the charter school attack got a taste of democracy. The blue wave that swept the nation in the recent midterm elections was also a broad rejection of recent trends to privatize public education through school voucher programs and privately operated charter schools. From New York to California, new candidates ran and won on platforms opposed to privatization, big-money backers of charter schools suffered humiliating losses, and voters trounced efforts to expand voucher programs that drain public schools of the funding they need.This spring’s teacher walkouts that made news across the country can take some credit for propelling the anti-privatization message to voters and prompting educators to take their support for public schools to the ballot box. But opposition to the privatization industry was also strong in states that did not experience teacher walkouts, and public education advocates are vowing to take their cause to state capitals and Congres...
3 weeks ago
The state’s highest court on Tuesday struck down as illegal a New York City edict to regulate pre-kindergarten programs operated by charter schools. The decision is a victory for Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Charter Schools, which sought to open pre-K programs at its schools. As a condition of releasing state funding to operate pre-K programs,...
3 weeks ago
State Senate Republican leader John Flanagan on Friday predicted gloom and doom next year with the Democrats in control of state government – claiming they will push to raise taxes, crack down on charter schools and give driver’s license to illegal immigrants. “I’m scared to death to what’s coming,” Flanagan told reporters in Albany. Flanagan,...
4 weeks ago
As a longtime member of the Seattle-King County League of Women Voters, I am saddened about how the League has tarnished its reputation over the issue of charter schools. For most of its history, the League has been a staunch advocate for education. I personally was involved in the fight for preschool programs and previous […]
4 weeks ago
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The founder of a company that operated charter schools in several Florida counties has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Pensacola News Journal reports Marcus May also was sentenced to Tuesday to pay a $5 million fine for using those schools to steer millions of dollars into his personal […]
November 12th, 2018
If it sounds too good to be true, take a closer look beyond the rhetoric. There are so many plans these days to “transform” an area via a “public-private partnership” that will “restore” and “fix” the local economy and lead to an economic “recovery” for the “brave” group of “stakeholders” who’ve come together to make it happen. The business leader drumming up support is often a “good friend” of the politicians in charge. To entertain another plan, the people in power warn, will “hurt” the economy.Have you heard that story in your own backyard recently?It’s a story that might as well be contemporary Shakespeare, except it could be written by the auto-correct text on a developer’s iPhone.It is a story told repeatedly, with different players: It’s the tale of Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit. It’s the story of the big box stores including Wal-Mart and Home Depot. And it’s the story of Amazon’s HQ2.No matter the project, the end res...
November 9th, 2018
New York’s Democratic wave toppled charter school supporters on Tuesday, in an ominous sign for education reform in blue states under President Trump.
November 5th, 2018
It's not hard to find news stories about waste, fraud, abuse and downright theft in the school privatization sector. For years, the policy window for privatizing public schools has been wide open, and what was once considered an extreme or at least rare idea—such as outsourcing public schools to private contractors with few strings attached, or giving parents public tax money to subsidize their children’s private school tuitions—has become widespread as charter schools are now legal in all but a handful of states, and voucher programs have proliferated in many forms across the country.Politicians of all stripes have been extremely reluctant, especially at the national level, to lean into a real discussion of the negative consequences of redirecting public education funds to private operators, with little to no regulation for how the money is being spent. Candidates have instead stuck to a “safe boilerplate” of education being “good” and essential to “the work...
November 4th, 2018
Take these kids — please! The city Department of Education reduces its enrollment by giving student names and addresses to a private vendor that produces mass mailings to help charter schools woo families. The longtime marketing practice has now come under investigation by state and federal officials after a Manhattan mom complained it violates student...
October 29th, 2018
Supporters of charter schools wrote big checks to Gov. Cuomo in the homestretch of the race for governor, according to campaign filings released on Monday. Jim Walton and Carrie Penner — heirs to the Walmart fortune — each kicked in $25,000 over the last three weeks. Sonia Jones, wife of billionaire hedge fund investor and...
October 28th, 2018
Charter schools in Washington state are constitutional and worthwhile.
October 27th, 2018
Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling brought good news to Washington’s 12 charter schools. But with many opponents remaining, the battle over the publicly-funded, privately-run schools is far from over. While there’s no immediate plan to challenge El Centro de La Raza v. Washington, the state’s growing charter-school sector, which enrolls about 3,500 students, could still face fiscal, legal and political challenges. […]
October 25th, 2018
The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that funding charter schools with lottery money does not violate the state constitution.
October 25th, 2018
Sean 'Diddy' Combs has pledged US$1 million to a network of charter schools for a new location in the Bronx.
October 23rd, 2018
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is again recording the most expensive state superintendent election in history, with a cast of billionaires who are outspending the teacher unions in support of a former charter schools executive. The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a non-partisan office that this time features two Democrats vying for the […]
October 23rd, 2018
Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs has pledged 1 million US dollars to a network of charter schools for a new location in the Bronx.
October 19th, 2018
Should Democrats retake the Rust Belt, it may not only snuff out the DeVos legacy but also change the course of education policy in the nation. It’s increasingly clear that if the November midterm elections are to produce a “Blue Wave” for the Democratic Party, then many of the wins will need to come in Midwestern states that Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election. But what’s less well understood is that an issue helping Democratic candidates compete in the region is education. In the stomping ground of U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos—including her home state of Michigan as well as the surrounding states of Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and nearby Minnesota—Democratic candidates are getting an edge by sharply opposing the DeVos agenda of privatizing public schools.Up and down the ballots in state contests in the Midwest, Democratic candidates call for an end to school voucher programs that use public taxpayer funds to pay for tuitions at private schools, they propose...
October 18th, 2018
Trump’s education secretary lost a legal battle to end protections for defrauded students. Donald Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos, just lost a major court battle over consumer protections for Americans who take out student loans.U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss decided against the request from a group representing for-profit colleges to end regulations that help defrauded students receive federal loan forgiveness and forbid colleges from requiring students to go to arbitration to resolve complaints instead of taking matters to court, according to Politico. As a result of Moss' decision, the consumer protections passed under President Barack Obama will now go into effect, especially because Moss has previously struck down attempts by DeVos to delay the regulations from being implemented.Moss' ruling is "an important step for borrowers and should be a signal for the department that its deregulatory agenda is both hurting borrowers and is not going to tolerated by t...
October 15th, 2018
Republican Senate Majority John Flanagan on Monday called the state teachers’ union part of the “forces of evil” spending millions of dollars to try to bring one-party Democratic rule to New York. Flanagan made the remark a day after telling The Post that the expansion of charter schools could grind to a halt if union-friendly...
October 14th, 2018
Republican state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan says the golden era for charter schools could come to a grinding halt if union-friendly Democrats control all branches of New York government after the Nov. 6 elections. “You will not see any more charter schools,” he told The Post on Sunday. “Democrats will not allow that.” Flanagan...
September 26th, 2018
Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza are crowing about the new state test scores for grades 3-8. Why? Yes, the city slightly outperformed the statewide average — but the scores still show that less than half of Carranza’s students are proficient in math and English. Nor does the city’s small progress in reducing the...
September 24th, 2018
California charter schools are now required to teach comprehensive sex ed, thanks to the efforts of Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and Act for Women and Girls.
September 24th, 2018
The best-selling author discusses his new novel “Lake Success” and why we should be more wary of Ivy leaguers. In 2016, Russian born novelist Gary Shteyngart took a bus ride. It was an uncertain time in American culture and politics, and Shteyngart, who's won a devoted following for his bestsellers "Absurdistan, "Super Sad True Love Story" and the memoir "Little Failure," didn't know what would come of the journey. Two years later, he's emerged with not just the first big novel of the post-Obama era, but the first truly great novel of it.Like Shteyngart, Barry Cohen, the protagonist of "Lake Success," is a New Yorker who finds himself moved to explore the country via Greyhound — aka "the Hound." But Barry is a crazy rich hedge fund manager, a father of a recently diagnosed autistic preschooler, and a man on an impulsive mission to connect with the person he once was. The book is at once a picaresque tale of Barry's travels and a domestic novel of his wife Seema's simulta...
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