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Back to ALEC, Back to (Private) School 1.9.2015 Truthout - All Articles
On the heels of a newly passed state budget that again leaves our K-12 public schools behind without ample and consistent funding, I recently headed back to where the school privatization push all began - the American Legislative Exchange Council , or ALEC. ALEC and its members, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), have become more powerful than our citizens' voices at the State Capitol. Despite massive public urging from Wisconsin school superintendents, principals, teachers, parents and students for consistent and adequate K-12 public education funding, Republicans legislators chose to dump more money into an unaccountable private voucher school system. Since Republicans took over our state Capitol in 2011, they have cut $1.2 billion from public K-12 education. Under this latest budget, 55 percent of school districts will get less general student aid than they did last budget cycle and Wisconsin is spending $1,014 less per public school student than it did in 2008. Yet for the private ...
Denver school board hopefuls lined up to challenge incumbents 1.9.2015 Denver Post: Local
The Denver ballot for school board elections this year is shaping up as the deadline has passed for interested candidates to file ...
Slow-moving school finance case heads to Texas Supreme Court 30.8.2015 AP Washington
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Kids who were barely a month into their first year of high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began are now seniors - and there's still no end in sight....
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Community Connections: It’s easier to build a child than to fix an adult 29.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Research shows that up to 90 percent of brain development occurs in the first five years of life. As stated by the Colorado Department of Education, “In the early years of each child's life, every experience, every day creates the foundation for success in school and beyond.” However, the amount of public dollars supporting a child’s life do not typically reach a child until they enter the public school system and then increases over the years depending on how well the child is doing in school. These public dollars continue to increase if the child becomes a teenager who is involved with the juvenile detention system or becomes pregnant or an adult who is incarcerated. What is wrong with this picture? With 90 percent of brain development occurring before the age of 5, our current system is missing out on a critical opportunity to invest in children during their early years — reducing the need for investment in the later years, as well as improving outcomes for children as they grow. What can we do to ...
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An education partnership between traditional and charter schools in D.C. 29.8.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
D.C. MAYOR Muriel E. Bowser’s (D) administration has launched an effort it says is aimed at fostering collaboration between the city’s traditional and charter public schools. We hope the result will be improved effectiveness, efficiency and student outcomes. But the mayor has sent the charter community some mixed signals, raising fears that the effort will end up diminishing the autonomy that is vital to charter school success.Read full article ...
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Shock Doctrine: A Look at the Mass Privatization of NOLA Schools in Storm's Wake and Its Effects Today 28.8.2015 Truthout.com
Just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the city fired 7,500 public school teachers, launching a new push to privatize the school system and build a network of charter schools. Many accused lawmakers of trying to break the powerful United Teachers of New Orleans union. Today former President George W. Bush will return to the city to speak at the Warren Easton Charter High School. We speak to the New Orleans actor and activist Wendell Pierce, whose mother was a teacher and union member for 40 years, as well Gary Rivlin, author of Katrina: After the Flood. He recently wrote a piece for The New York Times titled "Why New Orleans’s Black Residents Are Still Underwater After Katrina." TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And we are joined by three guests here: Monique Harden of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights; Gary Rivlin, author of Katrina: After the [Flood]; and Wendell Pierce, the actor and also author of The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, ...
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George W. Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina 28.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Former President George W. Bush is returning Friday to New Orleans - the scene of one of his presidency's lowest points - to tout the region's recovery from the nation's costliest natural disaster on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane ...
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Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina 28.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Former President George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans — the scene of one of his presidency's lowest points — to tout the region's recovery from the nation's costliest natural disaster on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
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Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina 28.8.2015 AP National
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush is returning Friday to New Orleans - the scene of one of his presidency's lowest points - to tout the region's recovery from the nation's costliest natural disaster on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina....
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Mpls. schools chief sorry for ‘insensitive’ literacy training books 28.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Minneapolis Public School interim superintendent has apologized for a botched early literacy training program that reinforced some cultural and racial stereotypes.
Reflections on an all-charter district, and more of the week’s education news 27.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
New Orleans educational experiment is 10 years old. Social media as college admissions tool. And two contradictory polls on the Common Core.
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The best New Orleans schools stories for #Katrina10 27.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
This week marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
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Five Questions Every Presidential Candidate Needs to Answer About Education 23.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Standards-based teaching, high-stakes testing and value-added methods of teacher evaluation haven't worked. What do the presidential candidates plan to do about it? (Image: Student test via Shutterstock) Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! Since the early 1980s, education platforms have been essential to political campaigns for governorships and the presidency, with education policy increasingly defining elected officials' political legacies. With the passing of No Child Left Behind  in 2001, education legislation shifted even further to national prominence, as NCLB came to represent the "power" of bi-partisan commitments to education reform. In the 2016 presidential election, education may once again emerge as a major point of debate, in part because of Jeb Bush's legacy in Florida and in part because of the lingering political controversies around Common Core. Yet in addressing education issues candidates are likely ...
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Equity over equality in D.C. schools 22.8.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
For centuries, our country’s public policies, their implementation and financial investments were unfair, leading to discriminatory practices in banking, housing, public health and the criminal justice system. This systemic discrimination resulted in the achievement gap we see today in our public school system. Read full article ...
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Facing the Complexities of the Charter School Debate 20.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The battle with charter school expansions is further revving up in LA, as a group of private foundations explore plans to expand the number of charters within the LA Unified School District. The LA teachers union, UTLA, has vowed to fight the private foundations behind this effort. UTLA has also begun its support of the unionization of teachers in charter schools. (Photo: Students In Class via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! The battle with charter school expansions is further revving up in Los Angeles, as a group of private foundations explore plans to expand the number of charter schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Los Angeles teachers union, UTLA, has vowed to fight the private foundations behind this effort, including the Broad, Keck and Walton Family foundations that have over the years been central to supporting the corporatization of large charter ...
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The Latest: Teachers unions protest GOP outside event 19.8.2015 AP Politics
LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) -- The latest from the New Hampshire Education Summit, where six Republican presidential contenders are scheduled to answer questions about their views on K-12 public education in interviews with advocate Campbell Brown. (All times are local)....
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Austin Beutner: A renewed emphasis on education at The Times 18.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
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For-profit colleges recruit vets for cash 18.8.2015 LA Times: Business
Many of the nation's largest for-profit college chains have seen enrollments plummet amid investigations into questionable job placement rates and deceptive marketing practices.
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This Mass. town is rated the third-best place to live in the U.S. 17.8.2015 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
CNN Money recently ranked the top 50 places in to live in the U.S., and a Boston ‘burb made the ...
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Tax and spin: Most families in Wisconsin, it turns out, would save on taxes by moving to Minnesota 17.8.2015 MinnPost
On Tuesday, Scott Walker will bring his presidential campaign to Minnesota, where he’ll give a speech on the Affordable Care Act and attend a fundraiser. At those events, Walker will no doubt boast about his conservative record as governor of Wisconsin: an ambitious if sometimes polarizing set of public policies that have reduced government spending, curtailed collective bargaining rights and — as he is sure to remind people — reduced the state’s taxes by more than $2 billion.  Just as predictably, Walker is likely to be asked more than a few questions about the state where he’ll be holding forth, a place where his counterpart, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, has pursued the sort of agenda that might cause Walker to break out in hives: expanding union membership, increasing school funding and  — most notably — implementing a tax hike on the wealthiest Minnesotans.  Comparing the two states under the two men over the last few years has become something of a national sport, after all, a favorite pastime among ...
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