Education Industry

Los Angeles: Will LAUSD Close Down Failing Charter Schools? – Education Article

Carl J. Petersen wonders if the LAUSD school board will hold failing charter schools accountable? Predictably, it turns out that the charterization of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) did not provide the miracle that was promised. The District has the highest number of charter schools in the country, with approximately 18% of its students in these publicly funded private schools. In the just-released list of 110 underperforming schools in the LAUSD, 20%were independent charter schools. Are we diverting…

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Fred Klonsky: Denver Teachers Strike Over Low Wages, Merit Pay That Forces Teachers to Compete for Money – Education Article

  We will have more commentary on the Denver teacherss’ strike. Here, Fred Klonsky reminds us of the much-ballyhooed, but ultimately failed merit pay called ProComp, that substituted merit pay for adequate salaries.  Don’t pay attention to Democratic Senator Michael Bennett, who claims to favor the teachers but was superintendent of the Denver public schools who launched corporate reform and lost many millions in tricky financial deals while he was in charge. He was anti-union when he was superintendent and…

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A Parent in California: What’s Wrong with Charter Schools? – Education Article

In this post, a parent activist in Northern California succinctly described the case against charter schools. Charter schools take resources away from the public schools, harming public schools and their students. All charter schools do this – whether they’re opportunistic and for-profit or presenting themselves as public, progressive and enlightened. Charter schools are free to pick and choose and exclude or kick out any student they want. They’re not supposed to, but in real life there’s no enforcement. Many impose…

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Cory Booker and Rahm Emanuel: Two Tigers Trying to Change Their History – Education Article

By chance, two articles came to my attention today about two leading figures in the Reform movement who don’t want to be seen as Reformers any more. Have they really changed? Frankly, I am waiting for each of them to call a press conference and declare their support for public schools and renounce their past error in supporting charters (and in Booker’s case) vouchers. Even then, I would be dubious because both of them have motives that are politically expedient.…

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California: Board of West Contra County Schools Debating Charter Moratorium – Education Article

  Following the passage by the Los Angeles schoolboard of a request for a charter moratorium, other counties in California are taking a look at doing the same.     WCCUSD Trustee Consuelo Lara is bringing a resolution supporting a Statewide Moratorium on the Growth of Charter Schools and strengthening oversight and transparency of current charter schools. The resolution puts the WCCUSD in step with the recent resolution passed by the Los Angeles School Board joining with the NAACP, the…

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Chicago: Dollars for Teachers, Milliions for Charter Operator – Education Article

  News from Chicago Teachers Union:   Charter operator CICS would rather spend public dollars on scabs than on student needs.That’s wrong – and we can do something about it. We learned this weekend that the management of CICS – Chicago International Charter Schools – has made arrangements to hire in scabs to break a planned Tuesday strike for smaller classes and no cuts to student programs, social workers or counselors. CICS bosses are currently sitting on $36 million in…

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West Virginia: Gov. Justice Promised to Block Charter Schools But He Lied – Education Article

  During last spring’s historic teacher walkout in West Virginia, which closed every school in the state, Governor Jim Justice promised to block charter legislation. https://www.register-herald.com/news/republicans-vote-down-democratic-amendments-on-charter-schools-esas/article_e531ec82-0c49-5fd7-8da3-39103fd1826a.html He lied. The legislature is set to pass both charters and vouchers. Trachers in charters won’t need certification. Vouchers will include home schooling. Both bills mean less funding for the state’s underfunded public schools. Gov. Justice could veto the bill but would it have gotten this far without his… This is only a snippet…

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Koch Brothers Plan to Disrupt Public Education, the “Lowest Hanging Fruit” – Education Article

  This is a shocking development: The infamous billionaire Koch brothers have a plan to disrupt American education, beginning with five states. Their goal is to break up the public education system and enable public funding to flow to every kind of school, whether religious, private, homeschooling, for-profit, anything and everything. They call it “educational pluralism.” At the Koch Conference last year (700 people who paid $100,000 to attend), they declared that K-12 schooling was “the lowest hanging fruit,” and…

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John and Laura Arnold Foundation Moving into Political Advocacy Role – Education Article

    i always watch my words when I mention John Arnold. In 2014, I referred to him as a billionaire who used to work for Enron, the hot energy company that went bankrupt, leaving its many employees without a dime since they invested in the company’s worthless stock. I got an email from John’s PR person telling me that he would sue me if I didn’t retract my words implying that he benefitted while others suffered. At that moment,…

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Cory Booker Opens His Presidential Campaign in New Orleans – Education Article

Cory Booker sent a complicated message at his campaign kickoff in New Orleans at Xavier University, where he was sponsored by charter chain and spoke to students. He told the audience that the power of the people outweighs the power of money. This is inspirational indeed. It says that those of us fighting the power of the Walton family, the Sackler family, the Koch brothers, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, the DeVos family, Paul Singer, and the many other billionaires attacking…

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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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