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Unlikely Allies Join Fight Against Trump School Choice Plan

You know an initiative is really unpopular when a flaming liberal senator and ultra-conservative think tanks are on the same side. That’s what’s happening with the private school choice policies advocated by the Trump administration. President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would cut the Department of Education budget by $9 billion while adding an extra […]

Online Charter Schools Underperform Compared to Traditional Schools

According to research from NYU Steinhardt and RAND Corporation, students in online charter schools perform worse on standardized tests than do their peers in traditional public or charter schools. This is based on research in Ohio, which has allowed online charter schools since the early 2000s, and had about 35,000 students enrolled in such schools […]

DeVos Confirmed as Secretary of Education

On February 7, 2017, a historic tie-breaking vote confirmed Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education. Two Republicans voted against DeVos’s confirmation—Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—but other than that, the vote fell completely along party lines, with 46 Democrats and two Independents voting against, and 50 Republicans voting in favor […]

Minnesota’s Educational Challenges Mirror Country

Minnesotan legislators are getting ready to make some big decisions about education in the state. While specific needs will vary by region, it’s interesting to note that the issues Minnesota is currently dealing with are pretty common across the U.S. as we head into 2017: Teacher Licensing Based on a report from the legislative auditor […]

Is Betsy DeVos Qualified to Be Secretary of Education?

By now videos and transcripts of Betsy DeVos’s education confirmation hearing have made the rounds, marking this as the first hearing to go viral on social media. The videos show DeVos unable to answer a variety of questions posed to her about guns in schools, federal education funding, accountability, and the specifics of the Individuals […]

NAACP Comes Out Against Charter Schools

The NAACP has approved a resolution calling for an end to the expansion of privately run charter schools. They maintain that charter schools are publicly funded but do not serve the needs of the public, and often further disadvantage poor communities in which they are built. The organization argues that charter schools do not serve […]

Arne Duncan Praises Public Charter Schools

Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, spoke out last month in favor of public charter school education. Duncan believes those schools especially help students in low-income areas. Charter schools have proved a controversial topic within education administrations, as they are often criticized for lacking in basic courses for reading and math, while others exist […]

Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst Pushes the Charter School Agenda

Twenty years ago, “alternative education” wasn’t the behemoth it has become today. With politics, economics, and contemporary education reform tangled into one giant mess in 2014, primary education as we know it has certainly taken a new shape in the twenty-first century. One of the greatest examples of this “new school” want for education reform […]

NYC Charter Schools Face Uncertain Future Under New Mayor

During his campaign, Bill de Blasio, now NYC’s newest mayor, said that charter schools with more money should be required to pay rent, one part of his plan to restructure school systems locally. Now putting his ideas into action, many of the city’s charter schools are anxiously awaiting the outcome of federal education budget cuts […]

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