Virtual Schools: Cyber Pie in the Sky?

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 6:30 pm

Nearly everyone who has studied virtual education agrees on two points. Virtual education, in some format, is likely to expand in the years ahead. And as it does, there is a crucial need for better research, accountability and transparency.

School Superintendent Tony Bennett’s Mega-Millionaire Charter School: What Else You Should Know

By: Thursday August 1, 2013 5:40 am

As everyone by now knows, former Indiana (and now Florida) supt. of public schools Tony Bennett was recently caught rigging the grades of an Indy charter school run by multi-millionaire exchange vocation princess, Republican (and Democrat) campaign donor, mansion owner, and current Indiana Education Roundtable member Christel DeHaan. Here are a few more things Indiana (and Florida) taxpayers should know about the Christel House Academy and Christel DeHaan…

Why Charter Schools Are Tearing Public Campuses Apart

By: Friday July 19, 2013 4:00 pm

The practice of housing a traditional public school and a charter school on the same campus is known as “co-location.” Charters are publicly funded yet independently operated, and are intended to encourage innovation and improve student performance. Under Proposition 39, a school-funding ballot initiative adopted by California voters in 2000, charter schools were given the right to use empty classrooms and share in underutilized public school facilities.

Funny how those talking points come true!

By: Friday May 24, 2013 1:30 am

Charter schools are “outperforming” public schools on test scores by dumping their underperforming students on public schools just as testing starts.

Come Saturday Morning: Another Charter School Exponent Falls from Grace

By: Saturday March 30, 2013 6:45 am

Maybe if teachers were actually free to teach as opposed to being made to “teach to the test” and being made into profit vectors for some corporate entity that might as well be turning out tires for all it cared about education, the quality of our schools would improve and all this cheating for dollars would be unnecessary.

ACLU Wins Lawsuit Against Cory Booker, Forcing Release Of Emails with Facebook Executives

By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 10:20 am

A Superior Court judge has ordered the City of Newark to release emails that were exchanged about the $100 million pledge that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made to Newark schools in September 2010.

Will Vouchers, Charters and Virtual Schools Turn Out the Friday Night Lights?

By: Sunday October 14, 2012 9:30 am

With a disgraceful and relentless disregard for America’s social fabric, Republicans around the country are doing what they can to destroy public education.

“Failing Schools” Narrative a Tactic to Privatize Public Education and Destroy Unions

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 10:57 am

The Obama campaign has recently tried to squeeze their opponent on the issue of education, leading to anomalous situations like Obama criticizing Romney for supporting class size increases that his own Education Secretary agrees with. There is probably a debate to be had between the two campaigns over education, one that comes down mostly to resources. But the philosophy underpinning both sides on education comes from a similar place – the idea that America is slipping behind the rest of the world on education, and that drastic measures must be taken to reverse that trend. Usually these drastic measures fall directly on the heads of teachers and more specifically their unions.

There’s one problem with this scenario – the premise is wrong.

New Orleans Teachers Get Justice, but Schools Still Under Attack

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 6:45 am

After Hurricane Katrina washed over New Orleans, many survivors had virtually nothing left to lose. But the city’s teachers were then hit by the storm’s ripple effect: the loss of thousands of jobs in the tattered school system. Recently, a civil district court ruled that the state had effectively robbed thousands of school employees of funds that were supposed to help tide them over as the city recovered.

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