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    UTLA’s (Not-So-Great) Victory

    Tens of thousands of teachers in Los Angeles returned to their classrooms yesterday following a six-day strike that disrupted the lives of over 467,000 students and cost the L.A. Unified School District over $151 million in lost revenue. Tuesday morning, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, flanked by LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner and United Teachers of Los […] 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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    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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    Are Educators Skeptical Of Charters Because They’re Blind To Inequality?

    On Monday, Education Week released the results of a new survey gauging the political perceptions and behaviors of educators across the country. The finding that drew headlines was that respondents overwhelmingly opposed charter schools, with 45% “Completely Opposed” to charters and another 26% “Somewhat Opposed.” Although I think the wording of the charter school question […] 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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