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Eugene Robinson: This GOP Health Care Bill is the Worst Yet

Eugene Robinson: This GOP Health Care Bill is the Worst Yet

Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post warns that the Graham-Cassidy plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is the worst GOPplan yet. “The GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have undergone a process of devolution, with each new bill worse than the last. “The measure that the Senate plans […]

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Jimmy Kimmel Explains the Latest GOP Health Care Bill

Jimmy Kimmel Explains the Latest GOP Health Care Bill

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has a personal stake in the health care debate. His newborn son had a heart condition that required expensive surgery. He began asking Washington insiders whether they thought it was fair that his son would live because his parents can afford to pay for the necessary surgery, while other babies […]

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Eva Moskowitz to Chalkbeat: Buzz Off! We Are a Private Corporation, Not Public!

Eva Moskowitz to Chalkbeat: Buzz Off! We Are a Private Corporation, Not Public!

Chalkbeat thought that it would be interesting to gain access to the email correspondence of Success Academy Network to find out how they handled the Dan Loeb crisis. It’s reporter filed a Freedom of Information request. Dan Loeb is the billionaire who is chairman of the SA board who made a racist comment, writing that […]

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Jan Resseger: Did We Forget the Purpose of Education?

Jan Resseger: Did We Forget the Purpose of Education?

Jan Resseger recommends that we reflect on our founding documents and on our values. Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos would have us believe that there is no such thing as “the common good.” They don’t know that our government and our society are organized to achieve common purposes. They certainly don’t understand that public schools […]

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Jennifer Berkshire: Education Can’t End Poverty, So Why Do Pundits Keep Saying So?

Jennifer Berkshire: Education Can’t End Poverty, So Why Do Pundits Keep Saying So?

Jennifer Berkshire interviews Harvey Kantor, author of a recent book that explains why some people have substituted education as the answer to poverty instead of job-creation or income transfers. I happen to believe that education is crucial for everyone, and especially for those who live in poverty. But education alone is not enough. Berkshire cites […]

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Ohio: The School That Produces the Most Dropouts Wants to Become a Dropout Recovery Center

Ohio: The School That Produces the Most Dropouts Wants to Become a Dropout Recovery Center

I know this sounds ridiculous, but remember this is Ohio. In Ohio, the charter industry can get away with almost anything! Stephen Dyer discovered a study completed in 2013 by researchers at Ohio State University finding that ECOT (the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow) produces more dropouts than any other charter school in the state. So, […]

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John Merrow and Mary Levy: Did the Rhee-Henderson Reforms Succeed in the D.C. Public Schools?

John Merrow and Mary Levy: Did the Rhee-Henderson Reforms Succeed in the D.C. Public Schools?

John Merrow and Mary Levy responded to a laudatory article by Tom Toch about the miraculous transformation of the D.C. Public Schools, under the leadership of Michelle Rhee and Kaya Henderson. Together, Rhee and Henderson led the district for a decade. Their results should be clear. Toch was impressed. Merrow and Levy were not. Merrow […]

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What Do Failing Charter Schools Do? They Turn into Voucher Schools!

What Do Failing Charter Schools Do? They Turn into Voucher Schools!

Annie Waldman, writing for ProPublica, examines the curious fate of failing charter schools. Public schools that don’t get higher test scores are closed or turned over to charter operators. But what happens to failing charter schools? They turn into voucher schools! “This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange […]

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Emily Talmage Lashes Out–at Me

Emily Talmage Lashes Out–at Me

I have admired Emily Talmage’s fierce independence and intelligence and have posted many of her columns. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that she attacked me because I was a judge on the MacArthur Foundation’ s competition to award a $100 million gift. She was astonished that I had anything to do with this dreadful […]

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Los Angeles County Investigates Enrollment of Catholic School Students in Online Academy

Los Angeles County Investigates Enrollment of Catholic School Students in Online Academy

This is a new kind of charter school scandal. A virtual school enrolled students already enrolled in Catholic schools and claimed full state tuition. The virtual school gave the Catholic school cash and laptops. Meanwhile, the parents paid tuition to the Catholic school. In effect, the students attended two schools. Bizarre new world of profit-taking. […]

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Over Half a Million Views! YOU Did It!

Over Half a Million Views! YOU Did It!

Thanks to your efforts, the inaugural video about the fight to save public schools from privatization has reached over half a million viewers. In addition, it has been logged in by over a million Facebook feeds. This is the video you shared. Please share it some more. We are aiming for one million views! Our […]

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Leonie Haimson: Why Eva Moskowitz’s Former Lawyer Should Not Be Allowed to Open Her Own Charter School

Leonie Haimson: Why Eva Moskowitz’s Former Lawyer Should Not Be Allowed to Open Her Own Charter School

Leonie Haimson, hardworking CEO of Class Size Matters and New York City’s foremost parent advocate, has written a letter to the SUNY charter committee explaining why Eva Moskowitz’s former chief attorney for the Success Academy charter chain, should NOT be allowed to start her own charter school. Open the link to read the citations and […]

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Illinois: ALEC Slipped Vouchers into a Blue State School Funding Bill

Illinois: ALEC Slipped Vouchers into a Blue State School Funding Bill

This comment by a reader explains that ALEC managed to slip a voucher into a needed school funding bill in Illinois, but it does not explain why elected officials in Illinois did not understand what was happening and block it. A “tax credit” is a voucher by another name. It was designed for states with […]

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Yong Zhao: Why Americans Should NOT Copy Chinese Education

Yong Zhao: Why Americans Should NOT Copy Chinese Education

Yong Zhao was born and educated in China. He has studied Chinese and American education for many years. He is currently “a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, as well as a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy at Victoria University in Australia, […]

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Emily Talmadge: Be Like Lisa

Emily Talmadge: Be Like Lisa

Emily Talmadge salutes Lisa Haver, who wrote an article in a Philadelphia newspaper asking why the billionaires who play with public schools are never held accountable. She recommends that all of us should “be like Lisa,” speak up, stand up, demand that billionaires keep their hands off our public schools with their half-baked ideas. Emily […]

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How to Contact WordPress if You No Longer Receive This Blog

How to Contact WordPress if You No Longer Receive This Blog

Many readers have contacted me offline to ask why they no longer receive the blog. If you no longer receive the blog, you probably won’t see this message from me, but I am letting you know that an untold number of readers have been blocked. This is very puzzling because members of my own family […]

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BREAKING NEWS: LAUSD Board President Steps Aside But Remains on Board

BREAKING NEWS: LAUSD Board President Steps Aside But Remains on Board

Ref Rodriguez, amidst criminal charges of money laundering, relinquished the presidency of the Los Angeles Unified School District aboard but is remaining on the board. This enables the pro-charter majority to retain control. Long-time charter supporter Monica Garcia will serve as board president until a new election is held. “Less than three months into his […]

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