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Education Department Faces Deep Cuts; DeVos Faces Tough Questions 27.5.2017 NPR News
Our weekly education news roundup: Trump administration unveils its 2018 budget proposal; DeVos talks school choice in Indianapolis, then faces a grilling from lawmakers.
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Downtrodden parts of Texas lead nation in challenging high school students 26.5.2017 Washington Post
Downtrodden parts of Texas lead nation in challenging high school students
Public servants took jobs counting on loan forgiveness. Trump might stiff them. 26.5.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The 2018 White House budget calls for slashing Bush-era student loan forgiveness.
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States struggle with oversight of online charter schools 26.5.2017 AP National
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- As U.S. children flock to virtual charter schools, states are struggling to catch up and develop rules to make sure the students get a real education and schools get the right funding....
More Than One in Three Black Students in the South Attend an Intensely Segregated School 26.5.2017 Mother Jones
More than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, the progress made toward dismantling segregated schools in the South, once the most integrated region in the country, seems to be steadily falling apart. A report released this week by UCLA's Civil Rights Project and Penn State University's Center for Education and Civil Rights finds that in 2014, more than one in three black students attended a school in the South that was intensely racially segregated, meaning a school where 90 percent of students were racial minorities—a 56 percent rise from 1980. The report also finds that the number of Latino students enrolled in public schools in the South surpassed black enrollment for the first time ever, making up 27 percent of the student body. That's significant, as the percentage of Latino students in the South attending an intensely racially segregated school is also on the rise—42 percent in 2014, up from 37 percent in 1980. The result, the report notes, is that the typical student faces decreasing ...
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Why do billionaires care so much about charter schools? 26.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The billionaires, apparently, we shall always have with us — even when we decide how to run the state-funded schools where they rarely send their own kids.

In the Los Angeles school board elections earlier this month, a number of billionaires, including Eli Broad, Netflix founder Reed Hastings...

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#Questions4Betsy, LAUSD lawsuit, fighting fake news: What's new in education today 25.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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Is Charter School Fraud the Next Enron? 25.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In 2001, Texas-based energy giant Enron shocked the world by declaring bankruptcy. Thousands of employees lost their jobs, and investors  lost billions .  As a  scholar  who studies the legal and policy issues pertaining to school choice, I've observed that the same type of fraud that occurred at Enron has been cropping up in the  charter school sector . A handful of school officials have been caught  using the Enron playbook  to divert funding slated for these schools into their own pockets. As school choice champions like  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos  push to make charter schools a larger part of the educational landscape, it's important to understand the Enron scandal and how charter schools are vulnerable to similar schemes. What Is a Related-Party Transaction? Enron's downfall was caused largely by something called "related-party transactions." Understanding this concept is crucial for grasping how charter schools may also be in danger. Related-party transactions are business arrangements ...
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L.A. Unified did not protect students from sexual abuse at El Sereno Elementary School, lawsuit claims 25.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Judy Burton dies at 69; led school reform efforts inside and outside L.A. Unified 25.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

It was widely presumed that Judy Burton someday would become superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, given that she rose from star teacher to star principal to leader of internal reform efforts. But timing and a near-fatal illness worked against her and instead she became the founding...

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Five startling things Betsy DeVos just told Congress 25.5.2017 Washington Post
Five startling things Betsy DeVos just told Congress
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Betsy DeVos won’t say whether she’d withhold federal funds from private schools that discriminate 24.5.2017 Washington Post
Testifying before a House committee on President Trump's, the education secretary repeatedly emphasized a return to more local control over schools.
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How #TrumpBudget cuts school funding, a new LAUSD board president, Cal State budget shortfall: What's new in education 24.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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Seven ways #TrumpBudget could affect schools in California and nationwide 24.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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7 things you need to know about how Trump's budget would affect schools in California and nationwide 24.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
President Trump's proposed budget would cut federal education spending, increase charter school money, eliminate some programs and create a new grant program for funding school choice.
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Lawsuit: Mississippi fails to educate black children equally 24.5.2017 AP National
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group alleged Tuesday....
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Mississippi accused of unequal schooling for black students 24.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Jackson, Miss. • Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group alleged Tuesday. The Southern Poverty Law Center wants a federal judge to force the state’s leaders to comply with the 1870 law, which says Mississippi must never deprive any citizen of the “school rights and privileges” described in first post-Civil War constitution. That law still obligates Mississippi to...
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Fixing Our Infrastructure? How About Schools? 23.5.2017 American Prospect
Last year, amid the heated presidential primaries, national news outlets took a break from the contest to cover a public education issue that rarely gets attention. School teachers in Detroit, barred by state law from going on strike, staged a series of “sick outs” (where so many teachers call in sick that it forces the schools to shut down) to protest the condition of their dilapidated, underfunde­d schools. On one day in mid-January, 64 public schools were closed—more than half in the city—as teachers rallied together for more resources. From The New York Times and The Washington Post to CNN and Fox News , millions of Americans were confronted with jarring images of Detroit children wearing winter coats in class because their schools lacked functional heating systems, of severely damaged facilities, of mold and leaky ceilings, of roaches and mice crawling on the floors. These problems extend far beyond Detroit. Public school facilities—mostly ignored in discussions of the nation’s crumbling roads, ...
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President Trump's Budget Proposal Calls For Deep Cuts To Education 23.5.2017 NPR News
The White House is expected to ask for big cuts, push school choice and change student loan repayment. But presidents have rarely succeeded in cutting the Education Department budget.
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Courts could put Texas GOP's aggressive agenda to the test 23.5.2017 AP Politics
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they're in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections....
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