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2014 Education Recap: The Good, The Bad, The Reformy

2014 Education Recap: The Good, The Bad, The Reformy
2014 was a watershed year for public education. While there were plenty of knuckle-headed 'reform' policies and decisions, there were also some big wins, a lot of small victories and the beginnings of a shift in public opinion. So, let's take a walk down memory lane and look back on the good, the bad and the 'reformy'.
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Under Duress, Charter School Discloses Salaries, with 1 Conspicuously Missing

 Under Duress, Charter School Discloses Salaries, with 1 Conspicuously Missing
Charter School on financial probation releases financials, but omits key salary.
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Marian Wang
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Study Shows NJ Charters Cherry-Picking Students, Leaving Most In-Need to Public System

Study Shows NJ Charters Cherry-Picking Students, Leaving Most In-Need to Public System
A new study shows New Jersey charter schools reaping the benefits of taxpayer funds, but without having to teach or care for those students most in need – economically, or disability-wise.
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Outsource Custodians, Insource Rats: Chicago Schools Fall Apart After Privatization

Outsource Custodians, Insource Rats: Chicago Schools Fall Apart After Privatization
Privatization is not the cure-all politicians like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel would have us believe. When custodial services were pawned off to the lowest bidder for the city's public schools, cleanliness became an afterthought.
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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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WATCH: Campbell Brown Gets Trounced on Colbert for Anti-Union Activism

WATCH: Campbell Brown Gets Trounced on Colbert for Anti-Union Activism
Campbell Brown seemed surprised when Stephen Colbert took her to task for promoting a lawsuit against teacher tenure in New York City. While pro-union teacher supporters and protesters rallied outside the studio, the ex-CNN anchor had a hard time inside defending her anti-union stance to Colbert's audience.
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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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Minnesota Now Has Its First Two Unionized Charter Schools. 148 to Go.

Minnesota Now Has Its First Two Unionized Charter Schools. 148 to Go.
In Minnesota, union organizers are making inroads at charter schools as teachers increasingly feel they need power in numbers to affect positive change at the privatized schools. In January, teachers at the Twin Cities German Immersion School organized after minor clashes with higher-ups. And in July the teachers and staff of the Community School of Excellence in St. Paul did the same. The two schools are the first of Minnesota’s 150 charter schools to go union.
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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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