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Education and Poverty

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On September 26, 2017
One of the mantras for educational policy is that better schools allow poor children to succeed. This is right at the core of the charter school ideology. And since those public schools fail to deliver on this promise, charters can instead through their DISRUPTION and of course busting teachers’ unions. The problem with all of […]

Rahm’s Chicago

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On July 5, 2017

Rahm Emanuel’s new education policy is senseless on the face of it. To graduate from a public high school in Chicago, students will soon have to meet a new and unusual requirement: They must sho

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Given the post-apocalyptic hellscape that is the Trump administration, any of us would gladly take the Obama administration, even with its weaknesses on some issues. However, if there’s one area where the two administrations overlap, it’s in the privatization of education. Rachel Cohen has a typically excellent report on so-called “Pay for Success” programs that […]

Opting Out

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On March 11, 2017

Good news out of Minnesota, where the number of high school juniors opting out of the bogus standardized testing that has significantly hurt American education has jumped significantly. In 2016, 2,227

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Jim Crow as School Choice!

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On February 28, 2017
Betsy DeVos, reminding everyone that the “saying the quiet parts loud” remark we used to make about the Republican Party’s racist statements is completely antiquated in an era of open racism. Wowwowwow. These paragraphs are from a real, official US Department of Education statement from Betsy DeVos released today. pic.twitter.com/I2FDZfzdmt — Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) February […]

DeVos

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On February 7, 2017

Betsy DeVos confirmed. It’s a loss and I think it’s pretty clear that McConnell gave permission to Murkowski and Collins to vote no while knowing that he wouldn’t lose anyone else in

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On November 17, 1968, the New York State Education Commissioner reasserted control over the Ocean Hill-Brownsville school district in Brooklyn, ending the strike by teachers that started when African-American activists fired white teachers in their schools in violation of the union contract. This fraught incident represented the difficult relationship between organized labor and other social […]

ITT Is No More

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On September 6, 2016

One of the Obama’s administration’s signature late achievements is going after for-profit colleges. Embattled for-profit college company ITT Educational Services, Inc. is officially shutti

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