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AL Gov on Looting Education Budget for Corporate Welfare: 'Eat What You Kill'

AL Gov on Looting Education Budget for Corporate Welfare: 'Eat What You Kill'
It may read like satire — but unfortunately, it is not. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is calling for a special Legislative session to divert money from the state's Education Trust Fund to pay for corporate welfare. Because if corporations are people and children are just little people, than this is all the same thing. Right?
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Schooling the Corporate Education Takeover: CT Officials Hit with Federal Subpoenas

Schooling the Corporate Education Takeover: CT Officials Hit with Federal Subpoenas
In the past two and a half years, Connecticut taxpayers have seen tens of millions of dollars in public funds diverted to feed the monster known as the emerging education reform industry, aka Charter Schools. But over the past few months, the tide has been turning as the truth about Malloy, Malloy's administration, the "education reformers" and the charter schools have been coming out. Now, city and state educators have been served with subpoenas by a federal grand jury.
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Dems Get Organized Fighting Charter School Encroachment

Dems Get Organized Fighting Charter School Encroachment
Democrats for Public Education is a new group committed to blocking the progress of the charter school movement with some high profile members. The group plans to take on members of its own party who, like Michelle Rhee, have pushed the pro-corporate schooling agenda.
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Five Facts for Dangerously Deluded Education Reformers

Five Facts for Dangerously Deluded Education Reformers
Free-market capitalists view education in terms of products and profits. The products, to them, are our children. The profits go to savvy businesspeople who use a "freedom to choose" rallying cry to convince parents that they're somehow being cheated by an equal-opportunity public school system.
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Teachers to Gates Foundation: Stop Pushing Corporate Education Reform!

Teachers to Gates Foundation: Stop Pushing Corporate Education Reform!
A group of teachers is holding a rally Thursday evening in Seattle to denounce education reform measures they say have been an attack on public education and let corporate interests and high-stakes testing trump real student learning.
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Recess Is Over: Charter Schools Launch PR Blitz to Combat Damning Report

Recess Is Over: Charter Schools Launch PR Blitz to Combat Damning Report
A new investigative report from the Detroit Free Press reveals a problem in Michigan found in many other states: Charter schools with little oversight and nearly no regulation underperforming to the detriment of students. The report’s findings led the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), a lobby group focusing on the for-profit education industry, to wage an all-out PR campaign to minimize the positive impact of this solid journalistic effort.
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Hobroken: Data Shows Economic and Racial Segregation in NJ Charter Schools

Hobroken: Data Shows Economic and Racial Segregation in NJ Charter Schools
The local charter school cheerleaders may try to deny the obvious, but the evidence is quite clear: the three charter schools in Hoboken, New Jersey, do not serve nearly as many students in economic disadvantage as the public schools. It's pointless to argue otherwise because the evidence is quite clear and incontrovertible. But that hasn't stopped the local charter boosters from engaging in all sorts of mental gymnastics in an attempt to rationalize this segregation.
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Tax Dollars, Lax Scholars: Michigan Spends $1B/Year on Charter Schools with Little Accountability

Tax Dollars, Lax Scholars: Michigan Spends $1B/Year on Charter Schools with Little Accountability
The Freep has a story about how the state of Michigan opened up the floodgates for charter schools, refused to properly oversee them, and instead created an environment in which money flows from tax coffers into private pockets with very little accountability. Unfortunately, Michigan is not an anomaly.
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Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests

Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests
Even the alchemists responsible for concocting the horrific education policies designed to turn teaching and learning into a test score have been shaken hard enough to awaken from the nightmare scenario of fast-tracking high-stakes Common Core testing across the nation.
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Nixing CA Teacher Tenure Just the Beginning. Pro-Business Groups Set Sights on Nat'l Public Education

Nixing CA Teacher Tenure Just the Beginning. Pro-Business Groups Set Sights on Nat'l Public Education
A pro-business Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that California's allowance of teacher tenure was in fact unconstitutional. This unprecedented ruling comes after fierce lobbying and lawsuits brought by the corporate-funded Students Matter (euphemism!). The group has plans to expand nationally.
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