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Mike Pence's Voucher Program in Indiana Was a Windfall for Religious Schools 2.12.2016 Mother Jones
One of Vice President-elect Mike Pence's pet projects as governor of Indiana was expanding school choice vouchers, which allow public money to pay for private school tuition. President-elect Donald Trump has said he'd like to expand such vouchers in the rest of the country, but what happened in Indiana should serve as a cautionary tale for Trump and his administration. Pence's voucher program ballooned into a $135 million annual bonanza almost exclusively benefiting private religious schools—ranging from those teaching the Koran to Christian schools teaching creationism and the Bible as literal truth—at the expense of regular and usually better-performing public schools. Indeed, one of the schools was a madrasa, an Islamic religious school, briefly attended by a young man arrested this summer for trying to join ISIS—just the kind of place Trump's coalition would find abhorrent. In Indiana, Pence created one of the largest publicly funded voucher programs in the country. Initially launched in 2011 under ...
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Trump to preside over the richest Cabinet in U.S. history 2.12.2016 LA Times: Nation

Dwight Eisenhower surrounded himself in the White House with such wealthy individuals that his Cabinet was mockingly referred to as "nine millionaires and a plumber." 

President-elect Donald Trump is about to do him one better. 

Trump won the election by appealing to America's disaffected working...

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California faces a looming teacher shortage, and the problem is getting worse 1.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Tamara Moore thought of herself as a career teacher, but she could see burnout in her future. In her first year, she was putting in 60 hours a week but was troubled by how her school focused more on raising test scores than on working with her to meet the needs of students.

“I felt like I — as...

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Betsy DeVos has a disastrous education legacy in Michigan 30.11.2016 Daily Kos
The troubling stories about Betsy DeVos keep coming. DeVos, Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee, has no educational experience beyond spending her massive wealth to undermine public schools by sending public education money to private schools in the form of vouchers and to charter schools. She and her family are major driving forces in Michigan’s laxness on “school choice,” and it’s been a disaster. Bridge Magazine recently looked at how “choice” has spelled segregation in DeVos’s hometown of Holland, Michigan: In the two decades since Michigan adopted school choice, Holland’s white enrollment has plummeted 60 percent, with 2,100 fewer white students. Today, whites comprise 49 percent of school-age children living in the district, but only 38 percent the school population (Hispanics make up 47 percent of Holland schools). [...] Many of those who left Holland’s schools didn’t go far. More than 400 students who live in the district now attend  Black River Public School , a charter where 74 percent ...
The Right Way to Assess Charter Schools 30.11.2016 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer) Protestors gather on the steps of the state Capitol in Juneau for a "Save Our Schools" rally in February, 2014 to speak out on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow public money to be used for private and religious schools. On November 8, Massachusetts residents went to the polls not only to cast their vote for president but also to weigh in on a hotly debated question regarding charter schools. The  ballot initiative —which proposed lifting the state’s cap to allow establishing up to 12 new charters or expanding existing charters annually—had generated a heated battle for months, with voters inundated by mailings and advertising from both sides. About $34 million was spent on these efforts, making them  easily the most expensive  ballot initiative campaign in state history. Teacher unions provided nearly all the money to fight the measure, while out-of-state donors and Boston’s business community shelled out most of the money  in support. The debate mostly went ...
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For-profit colleges expect fortunes to improve 30.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Boston • After nearing collapse under the Obama administration, the for-profit college industry is celebrating Donald Trump’s election as a chance for a rebound. As stock prices for some of the nation’s largest college chains have surged, industry lobbyists say they have received a warm welcome from Trump’s transition team and already have launched a campaign to rebrand the embattled industry as a key to the new president’s plan for economic growth. While Trump has yet to detail his education pl...
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For-profit colleges expect fortunes to improve under Trump 29.11.2016 AP National
BOSTON (AP) -- After nearing collapse under the Obama administration, the for-profit college industry is celebrating Donald Trump's election as a chance for a rebound....
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'Diverse' puts a positive spin on Donald Trump's disastrous cabinet picks 28.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: That two of President-elect Donald Trump’s most recent cabinet appointments are women from the “mainstream” is the least significant thing about them. (“Trump reaches beyond loyalists and adds diversity with latest Cabinet picks,” Nov. 23)

Billionaire Betsy DeVos, appointed to head...

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News roundup: Trump asserts baseless claim that millions voted illegally in election he won 28.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
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After Trump rift at Liberty University, students find unity 26.11.2016 AP National
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- As Liberty University grew from a tiny Baptist college into a touchstone institution for evangelicals, it also became a hub of conservative politics, a revolving door of politicians and their surrogates courting young voters. But this year, the campus was in the spotlight for another reason: a rift caused by Donald Trump&apos;s candidacy that raised questions about the college president&apos;s influence, open discourse, and practicality versus principles in cho...
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Trump packs cabinet with the megarich 25.11.2016 Daily Kos
We begin today’s roundup with Julie Hirschfield Davis at The New York Times: President-elect Donald J. Trump is expected to select as commerce secretary Wilbur Ross , a billionaire investor who became known as the “king of bankruptcy” for buying, restructuring and selling off steel makers and other fading industrial companies, officials on the transition team said on Thursday. After choosing national security hard-liners for some of his earliest appointments, Mr. Trump is now turning to a group of ultrawealthy conservatives to help steer administration policy. Deputy positions too : President-elect Donald Trump is likely to pick Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts to be deputy secretary of the Commerce Department, according to two sources. Ricketts hails from a family of powerful conservative donors, led by parents Joe and Marlene Ricketts. He has been a prolific donor, too, running a conservative super PAC that aided Trump in the waning days of the ...
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Editorial: Utah graduation rate up, but achievement gap still stubborn 25.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The good news is, the statewide high school graduation rate for Utah’s public and charter schools has reached 85 percent. That’s up a good clip over just the past five years, and within shouting distance of the state’s goal of 90 percent by 2020. The bad news is, that was the easy part. The hopeful news is, the people at the top of the state’s public education establishment know that. The word from the Utah Board of Education Tuesday was that the commendable increase in the state grad rate sinc...
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Trump keeps everyone off balance 24.11.2016 The Hill
Haley nomination, Trump NYT interview might hint at more conventional course - or not.
Trump's choice for education secretary is choice advocate 24.11.2016 AP Politics
Within minutes of being named Donald Trump&apos;s choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos pledged to oversee a &quot;transformational change&quot; in U.S. education, something the wealthy Republican donor has pursued in her home state of Michigan and beyond as an advocate for school choice....
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Four Terrifying People Meeting With Trump 23.11.2016
Republican President-elect Donald Trump has had a myriad of political leaders and power brokers parading through his offices since his surprise election win. Many are are hoping for official administration appointments. Others are hoping to influence behind the scene, and still others are obviously looking to cozy up with the next president before he is sworn into office. But there are some people talking to Trump that should have everyone concerned about the future of our nation over the next four years. In fact, these aren't just your standard mainstream GOP politicians anymore. 1) Michelle Rhee Although Rhee is in fact a Democrat, her position on education is anything but standard progressive policy. Rhee has been a vocal advocate for stripping taxpayer funding from public schools to give to private schools, instead. That's a plan that is totally in line with Trump's own education platform, too. "Trump's School Choice Policy released in September calls for his incoming administration to 'immediately' ...
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Democrats Must Mobilize America’s Largest Political Party: Nonvoters 23.11.2016 American Prospect
All registered voters: 146,311,000 (63.1 percent of eligible voters) Votes cast: 135,180,362 (58.4 percent) Did not vote: 97,019,022 (41.6 percent) Votes for Hillary Clinton: 63,759,985 (27.5 percent) Votes for Donald Trump: 62,005,118 (26.7 percent) Votes for other candidates: 7,087,495 (3.0 percent) About 58.4 percent of eligible voters cast ballots this year, roughly the same as the 58.6 percent in 2012 and down from 61.6 percent in 2008. Some voters who supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 switched to Trump in 2016. But vote-switching was not the main culprit in Clinton’s defeat. Turnout among white working-class voters in Republican areas increased slightly, while turnout among key Democratic constituencies declined, especially in battleground states.   In 2008, Obama received 69.5 million votes to John McCain’s 59.9 million. Four years later, Obama garnered 65.9 million votes; while Romney raked in 60.9 million. Clinton is likely to have slightly more than 64 million votes compared with Trump’s ...
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Utah high school graduation rate increases to 85 percent 23.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s public high schools continued to improve graduation rates in 2016, lifting the statewide rate 1 percentage point to 85 percent. The latest increase adds to a trend that has seen graduation rates improve by 7 percentage points since 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Utah Board of Education. In a prepared statement, State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson said education leaders would closely examine graduation data to ensure that Utah children are prepared for college enrollment...
Education under Trump: Some Utahns hoping for less oversight, more state control 22.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
President-elect Donald Trump’s candidacy was most known for hard-line stances on immigration, trade and divisive rhetoric on race, religion and gender. Less clear is what approach the nation’s 45th president will take toward schooling. “Donald Trump barely mentioned public education on the campaign trail,” said Heidi Matthews, Utah Education Association president. Like many Republicans, Trump is critical of Common Core State Standards — a “total disaster,” he said — while supporting free-market... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Group awards grants to spawn successful L.A. schools. The amount is small, but the symbolism is huge 22.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

L.A. Unified and a pro-charter school group have taken the next step in an unlikely and controversial collaboration to clone successful education programs. 

Two South Los Angeles schools — Public Service Community School and King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science — have won planning...

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Sesame Street’s VC fund makes its first investment in tutoring app Yup 18.11.2016 TechCrunch
 Sesame Ventures, the venture fund formed by Sesame Workshop and New York-based Collaborative Fund in May, has made its first investment in a tutoring platform called Yup. Specifically, Yup (formerly known as MathCrunch) has raised $4 million in a seed extension round led by Sesame Ventures, bringing the company’s total capital raised to date to $7.5 million. Yup connects students with… Read ...
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