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    Why Is The California Teachers Association Backing This Low-Rent Idea?

    A group of supposedly “progressive” organizations in California, including the California Teachers Association and the union-funded Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, are backing a voter initiative this November that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a 23-year old state law that sets strict limits on local rent control laws. It’s the centerpiece of an effort […] More

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    A Dubious Distinction, But Well-Deserved

    Education media watchdog Alexander Russo released his annual roundup of the “Worst Education Journalism” yesterday and once again the Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss landed at the top of the “Worst Journalist” list. This dubious distinction is well-deserved, as Strauss jettisoned her journalistic principles years ago when she effectively turned her column, “The Answer Sheet,” into a high-profile […] 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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