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Malloy Ploy: CT Education Commissioner Steps Down to Appease Teachers in Election Year

Malloy Ploy: CT Education Commissioner Steps Down to Appease Teachers in Election Year
Did one of Gov. Dan Malloy's biggest re-election liabilities takes one for the team...or was he shown the door? Stefan Pryor announced yesterday that he will not seek another term as the state education commissioner, according to a report in the CT Mirror, in an obvious hat tip to the teachers and unions in the state unhappy with the administration's move towards privatized public education (aka, charter schools), among other things.
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The Gentrification of Camden's Schools: Cutting $72M from Public Education, Providing $72M to Charters

The Gentrification of Camden's Schools: Cutting $72M from Public Education, Providing $72M to Charters
Apartheid is alive and well in New Jersey and around the country, as scores of black and brown children living in high poverty are being discriminated against, their schools closed, their neighborhoods up-ended, and their voices silenced. And yet the mainstream media is perfectly content to ignore it.
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Compassion 101: KY University Prez Takes Pay Cut to Give Workers Higher Wage

Compassion 101: KY University Prez Takes Pay Cut to Give Workers Higher Wage
Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse is taking a huge $90,000 pay cut in order to give dozens of workers a higher wage. The new payment regimen will affect future presidents as well.
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For-Profit Schools Plumping Up on Vets’ G.I. Bill Benefits

For-Profit Schools Plumping Up on Vets’ G.I. Bill Benefits
Major publicly-traded for-profit college corporations are profiting off veterans’ post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits—to the tune of $1.7 billion in the 2012-2013 year alone. What’s more, seven of the top eight for-profit colleges receiving these funds are currently under state or federal investigation for deceptive and potentially illegal recruiting practices.
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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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