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    COVID-19 Is No Match For NPE

    While the U.S. and world continues to grapple with the implications of COVID-19, the Network for Public Education, better known as a marionette advocacy group led by Carol Burris, continues an unrelenting assault on charter school families, teachers, and supporters. In an email sent Monday, NPE asks supporters to message legislators in opposition to charter […] More

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    The Gaslighting of Progressive Charter School Proponents

    Last week, former principal Carol Burris (whose Twitter feed is an unending charter-school-bashing, propaganda-filled rant) blasted out a blatantly misleading meme intended to delude Democratic voters. “BAD POLL ALERT!” No Dem proposed eliminating all fed funds to charters. They triple or quadruple Title I funding to charters & publics. $$ for kids in schools, not […] More

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    New NPE Charter School Report Is Deeply Flawed, Willfully Misrepresents Data

    Last week, the Network for Public Education (NPE) again revealed that they are incapable of conducting unbiased and well-executed research. In a follow-up to a report they released earlier this year, the new report, Still Asleep at the Wheel, set out to undermine the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) by documenting supposed waste and fraud. […] More

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    Why Are Billionaire-Funded Twitter Journalists Attacking Black and Latino Parents?

    You’ve likely seen the powerful social media videos. A collective of pissed off parents from across the country demanding more for their students and communities. Chanting “our children, our choice” the Powerful Parent Network raised money via GoFundMe to attend Elizabeth Warren’s “honoring the voices of Black women” event in Atlanta. What a thought, a […] 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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    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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    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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    A Huge Blind Spot In New Orleans Pre-K Study

    The Education Research Alliance (ERA) at Tulane University is out with a new study looking at how New Orleans’ charter-based school reforms have impacted pre-kindergarten. What did they find? Between the 2004-05 school year (the last full school year before Hurricane Katrina) and S.Y. 2014-15, the number of available school-based pre-k seats in New Orleans […] More

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    Once Again, The Reforms in New Orleans Worked

    The Education Research Alliance (ERA) at Tulane University has a new web feature on their site summarizing their eight main conclusions about the impact of the school reforms in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The Alliance, which was launched by Tulane economics professor Doug Harris in 2013, has published a total of 19 policy briefs and 23 technical […] More

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