Public Education

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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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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Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It

Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It
Connecticut and Rhode Island have a few similarities, but their approach to public education is not one of them. Where Connecticut's Supreme Court has strengthened access to public education, Rhode Island has cut it, leaving a disparity that will only grow in time.
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Sold One Thing, Given Another: Charter Schools Fall Far Short of Their Promises

Sold One Thing, Given Another: Charter Schools Fall Far Short of Their Promises
Charter schools were sold to the American people as a more efficient and dynamic form of education. The reality as shown in several new studies is much different than we were told, with charters spending less per student and more rife with fraud than the public system.
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Boardroom vs Classroom: Chicago's Charter Schools Failing to Outperform Public Schools

 Boardroom vs Classroom: Chicago's Charter Schools Failing to Outperform Public Schools
After Chicago closed 50 public schools in 2013, partly in order to make room for the growing number of privately owned schools (currently numbering 130), the residents were told that charter schools provided a better education for their children. However, a new study suggests that that's not true, not at all.
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CT Gov Malloy's Plan to Privatize Public Education Charges Forward Today

CT Gov Malloy's Plan to Privatize Public Education Charges Forward Today
At today's State Board of Education meeting, Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy's appointees will vote to re-commit Connecticut to the Common Core and then vote to divert scarce public funds to new charter schools in Connecticut. Four new charter school applications are up for vote today, and some of them have some scary ties to the Malloy Administration.
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Gov Corbett's Higher Math: PA Budget Set to Spend Twice as Much on Prisons as Schools

Gov Corbett's Higher Math: PA Budget Set to Spend Twice as Much on Prisons as Schools
Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Corbett has pushed a 2013 budget that sets the prison budget at twice that of education. His excuse? No more stimulus money.
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Newark Students Boycott School to Protest Christie, Underfunding and Charter Schools

Newark Students Boycott School to Protest Christie, Underfunding and Charter Schools
The Newark Students Union has organized a massive student boycott of Newark Public Schools today because many of them are too young to take their vote to the polls — but not too young to exercise their first amendment rights to protest and expose Gov. Chris Christie's real record on public education.
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Trina Scordo
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Expensive Lessons: Top Public Universities Push for ‘Autonomy’ from States

Expensive Lessons: Top Public Universities Push for ‘Autonomy’ from States
Across the country, a small but growing number of public universities are looking to cut deals with state lawmakers that scale back direct oversight, often in return for less funding or for meeting certain performance targets. Over the past few years, schools in Texas, Virginia and Florida have all gotten more flexibility to raise tuition. Other plans have recently been broached, though with less success, in Wisconsin, California and Louisiana.
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Marian Wang
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Forbes Magazine: Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City

Forbes Magazine: Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City
In case it wasn't obvious, the bottom line for charter schools isn't a new alternative to public education but big business' bottom line. A report in Forbes, shows that charter schools are in corporate portfolios right next to movie megaplexes and retail space. However, only one of these holdings is funded with tax payer dollars.
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