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    When Will Portland’s Teachers Union Stop Protecting The Worst Of The Worst?

    Investigators hired by the Portland Public Schools board released a damning 320-page report last week detailing how the district repeatedly failed to address allegations of serious sexual misconduct against Mitch Whitehurst, a former Portland Public Schools teacher who retired in 2015 after 32 years with the school system. Whitehurst’s misdeeds – and the district’s complacency in […] More

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    Charter Schools Are Not A “Republican” Thing

    As I noted earlier this week, a group of anti-reform activists in Colorado recently passed an amendment to the state Democratic Party platform opposing the Colorado chapter of Democrats for Education Reform and calling on the organization drop “Democrats” from its name.1 Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time DFER has been attacked by groups from […] More

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    Mile High Madness

    On Saturday, state delegates of the Colorado Democratic Party passed an amendment to the party platform opposing the Colorado chapter of Democrats for Education Reform1 and calling on the organization drop “Democrats” from its name. The vote followed an ugly scene on the floor of the party’s state assembly meeting, in which delegates loudly booed DFER Colorado […] More

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    David Sirota Joins Union-controlled Capital & Main

    Capital & Main, a Los Angeles-based non-profit media outlet controlled by a group of labor unions –  including the California Teachers Association and California School Employees Association – has hired David Sirota to lead a new national investigative desk that the organization is launching this summer. In many ways, the Sirota-Capital & Main marriage is a perfect fit. As […] More

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    Mystery On The Bayou

    Results from the latest round of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – also known as “The Nation’s Report Card” – were released on Tuesday. Nationally, performance on the bi-annual assessment of fourth and eighth grade students remained more-or-less unchanged from the previous administration of NAEP in 2015, although the average score on the […] More

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    March For Our Lives In New Orleans

    I was one of thousands who participated in the March For Our Lives protest in New Orleans this weekend. I got to tag along with two dozen eighth graders from Paul Habans Charter School who participated in the march as it wound its way across the city from the Faubourg Marigny, through the French Quarter, […] More

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    J-Day: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Janus v. AFSCME

    This morning, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could have a major impact on the the nation’s public sector unions, including the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association. The core question in the case is whether public employees covered by collective bargaining agreements can […] More

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    NJEA Shows Phil Murphy Who’s Boss: The Short Tenureship of Paula White

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from my friend and colleague, Laura Waters. It originally appeared on her blog, NJ Left Behind, where she writes about education reform policy and politics in the Garden State and New York. You can follow her on Twitter at @njleftbehind. Late yesterday Star-Ledger editor Tom Moran had a scoop: Governor Phil Murphy […] More

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    Students: 1, SPLC: 0

    A judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center claiming that Mississippi’s charter school law violates the state’s constitution. In his ruling, Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas wrote, “This court cannot find that plaintiffs herein have proven unconstitutionality beyond a reasonable doubt.” The suit, which SPLC filed on behalf of seven […] More

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    Portland Teachers Union Wants To Restrict Access To Public Records

    Over the past few years, a series of troubling scandals have shaken Portlanders’ trust in their public school system. In 2016, it was revealed that district officials had withheld lab test results showing that most of the city’s public schools had elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. Last year, in-depth investigations by The […] More

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    Astroturf Group Calls Families For Excellent Schools An Astroturf Group

    On Monday, Politico’s Eliza Shapiro broke the news that Families for Excellent Schools, the high-profile charter school advocacy group in New York, will close in the coming months. The revelation comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Families for Excellent Schools CEO Jeremiah Kittredge was fired after he was accused of sexual harassment. Although it has been suggested that […] More

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    Over At PE+CO: An Open Letter About Einstein

    Back in January, I sent a letter to the members of the Arkansas State Board of Education to bring their attention to the troubling revelations about Einstein Charter School, a charter management organization in New Orleans that is planning to open a charter school in Little Rock. Over the past several months, it has emerged […] More

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