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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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    UFT: Black Lives (Kinda) Matter

    The governing body of the United Federation of Teachers, the union which represents over 120,000 educators working in New York City’s public schools, overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to officially endorse the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this month. Members of UFT’s Movement of Rank & File Educators caucus offered a resolution in support of the […] More

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    Mudslinging In Minnesota

    My friend Beth Hawkins has a new piece up on her blog that calls out the bad behavior of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers. “The leadership of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers has spent a lot of energy over the last couple of months calling names and lobbing insults at Minneapolis Public Schools leaders, with […] More

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    Cognitive Dissonance In Chicago

    UPDATE: 01/29/18 — The Chicago Teachers Union announced tonight that the proposed merger of CTU and ChiACTS was overwhelmingly approved by its members. According to the union, 70.65% of the 16,206 members who cast ballots on the question supported the measure. Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are voting this week on a proposal to […] More

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    And She Was Loved. So Loved.

    Last week, while 24-hour news channels and social media were roiling over revelations that President Trump had called Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “shithole countries,” a talented young college student in Massachusetts, who had immigrated to the United States from Nigeria, died after suffering a severe asthma attack. Her name was Tiffany. She was […] More

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    Report: Chronic Absenteeism Isn’t A Problem At D.C. Charter High Schools

    On Tuesday, the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education issued a report revealing that far too many high schools in our nation’s capital are handing out diplomas to students who haven’t met the attendance requirements for graduation. OSSE launched an investigation into the matter after NPR’s All Things Considered aired a story which claimed that […] More

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    A “Polite Cousin” of Hypocrisy

    A new report in the Wall Street Journal reveals that a charter school run by the United Federation of Teachers in Brooklyn serves a disproportionately small number of English-language learners and students with special needs. According to data released by the New York State Education Department, only 3% of students at UFT Charter School (inventive name!) were […] More

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    Newark Union Head Blames Low-income Families For Teacher Absences

    Wall Street Journal education reporter Leslie Brody has a new piece out that looks at the troubling issue of chronic teacher absences in Newark Public Schools. According to teacher attendance data compiled by the district, nearly half of the teachers in Newark’s traditional public schools missed at least 13 days of work in the 2016-17 school […] More

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    New York Teachers Are Making A Killing… Literally

    Tobacco use is the single greatest cause of preventable death in the world. According to the World Health Organization, more than six million people die from smoking every year and another 890,000 die from exposure to second-hand smoke. In the United States alone, over 480,000 people die annually from smoking-related illnesses. As Vox recently pointed out, […] More

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