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DeVos promises ‘the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history’ but offers no details 23.5.2017 Washington Post
In a speech in Indianapolis, many education observers had expected the education secretary to lay out a policy proposal, such as a tax credit that would funnel public dollars toward scholarships to private and religious schools.
Teacher suspended after students’ racially charged remarks 23.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina teacher was suspended after a review found that students frequently joked about Nazis and the Holocaust and a white student told a black classmate that he should name his children “Crackhead and Convict.” The News & Observer of Raleigh reports ( a spokeswoman for the Wake County […]
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What 'school choice' means in the era of Trump and DeVos 23.5.2017 Washington Post
What 'school choice' means in the era of Trump and DeVos
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Homeschooling Makes Learning Personal For Some Special Education Students 22.5.2017 NPR News
Florida's Gardiner Scholarship provides money for students with some special needs to study as they wish. A controversial bill would expand it.
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Do charter schools serve special needs kids? The jury is out 22.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five-year-old Nico Rosenblatt cannot speak and struggles to learn because of a rare genetic condition, yet thrives when surrounded by other children in a regular classroom, according to his parents. However, they say neither the public school system nor a charter school in the nation’s capital could provide an inclusive environment for […]
The problems with 2017 national rankings of America's high schools 22.5.2017 Washington Post
The problems with 2017 national rankings of America's high schools
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Trump Cuts Student Aid to Feed School Privatization 21.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump drops in on charter and private school students attending an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, May 3, 2017. The school choice event was hosted by Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) The vision of "education reform" coming from the Trump administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos entails cutting direct aid to students, especially those from low-income families, in order to expand the private sector's financial footprint in education. That at least is what's reflected by a leaked budget document obtained by the Washington Post . As the Post reports, deep spending cuts -- a net $9.2 billion, or 13.6 percent -- called for in the document sever funding to many "long-standing programs" and federal government supports that largely serve children and youth from low-income households. At the same time, more money would go to incentivize "alternatives to traditional public schools" ...
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Tribune Editorial: Beyond pay, teachers need flexibility to succeed 21.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
With several school districts pushing their starting pay to $40,000 and above, it is getting harder to argue that low wages are driving new Utah teachers out of the profession. But that’s not to say we’ve solved the teacher shortage. In Salt Lake City School District, a starting teacher will make $44,000. In what has been described as an “arms race,” other districts have pushed their starting pay up to $40,000. That’s about what it costs for four years of tuition and books at the University of ...
When L.A. Unified would not fix its own problems, charters provided a much-needed solution 20.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: UCLA education Professor Pedro Noguera says, “I don’t think any of them would want to be on the [Board of Education] when the system collapses.” His comment speaks to the root of the concern. (“Charter-backed candidates win L.A. Unified majority, but can they lead from within?” May...

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Trump Gives Commencement Address; Leaked Education Budget Has Big Cuts 20.5.2017 NPR News
A push for better student data and more news of the week.
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Maryland’s dominance in NCAA women’s lacrosse is extended by understated standout 18.5.2017 Washington Post
Maryland’s dominance in NCAA women’s lacrosse is extended by understated standout
From Betsy DeVos to Cops in Schools, Taking on the Education-Industrial Complex 18.5.2017
Most "successful" people in the world never graduated, so education clearly must be bigger than that, says Elijah Armstrong, an education organizer with the National Education Association. If education has a bottom line, who is profiting from it? Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, during a a meeting of the National Governors Association in State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington, February 27, 2017. DeVos was recently booed during a commencement speech she delivered at Bethune-Cookman University, likely due to her historically inaccurate comments that praised Historically Black Colleges and Universities -- institutions created as a remedy for segregation -- as "real pioneers when it comes to school choice." (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) Since election night 2016, the streets of the US have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can ...
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Charter-backed candidates win L.A. Unified majority, but can they lead from within? 18.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

As the vote totals trickled in Tuesday night and his opponent conceded defeat, Nick Melvoin grabbed a microphone and told his supporters that, by electing him to the Los Angeles school board, they had “awoken a sleeping giant.”

He described himself as “just the conduit,” the person “who was crazy...

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For Families With Special Needs, Vouchers Bring Choices, Not Guarantees 17.5.2017 NPR News
Florida has the most choices of any state for students with special needs: public, private, charter and home schooling. Still, some families can't find a good fit.
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Melvoin 'humbled' by Zimmer's concession, plans to start by tackling fiscal transparency 17.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Big interests — charter backers, unions — fight a proxy war over L.A. school board seats 17.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

As polls closed Tuesday night, the end of the most expensive school board election in the nation’s history was in sight.

It is also one of the most consequential for Los Angeles’ public school system.

From the moment the candidates filed to seek seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education, the...

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Tribune Editorial: DeVos visit to Utah revives a really bad idea, school vouchers 17.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Talk about refighting the last war. Apparently, all it took for some folks to start thinking about dusting off the properly rejected idea of using vouchers to send taxpayer money to private schools in Utah was a brief visit from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. After the “school choice” champion touched base with folks at an education technology conference in Salt Lake City last week, the movers and shakers behind the 2007 effort to create a system of moving public money to private schools... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
Correction: School Choice-Billionaires At Odds story 17.5.2017 AP Top News
In a story May 13 about the funders of the school choice political movement, The Associated Press, relying on incorrectly labeled data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, misattributed political donations from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to his father, Bill Gates Sr., and erroneously reported that the younger Gates is not a major political contributor. The Microsoft founder contributed more than $5 million to political causes from 2007 through last year, including $3 mi...
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Lessons on race and vouchers from Milwaukee 16.5.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Milwaukee's school voucher program has been called either a beacon of hope for African-American children or a failed experiment. The truth is somewhere in between.
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Lessons On Race And Vouchers From Milwaukee 16.5.2017 NPR News
Milwaukee's school voucher program has been either a beacon of hope for African-American children or a failed experiment. The truth is somewhere in between.
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