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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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'Commonsense' Bill? Meet Nonsensical Congress. Student Loan Refinancing Goes Down in Flames

'Commonsense' Bill? Meet Nonsensical Congress. Student Loan Refinancing Goes Down in Flames
Minnesota Senator Al Franken had a few choice words to say to his colleagues about their refusal to expand refinancing to student loans. "This makes just no sense," he said. "This is a commonsense bill – it would help more than 550,000 Minnesotans who have student debt."
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In Post-Acr 10 Wisconsin, Madison Teachers Receive Whopping 0.25% Raise

In Post-Acr 10 Wisconsin, Madison Teachers Receive Whopping 0.25% Raise
In their continuing fight for post-Act 10 rights, Madison Teachers Inc. has ratified a contract with the Madison Metropolitan School board for 2015-2016. Both the board and the teachers wanted to get the deal in place before the State Supreme Court rules on the union’s complaint over local bargaining rights. The contract will give the teachers a 0.25 percent raise.
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