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The Staff at Sunburst Elementary School: We Love Our School!

If you wonder why people become teachers and remain in the classroom, watch this vide o created by the teachers at Sunburst Elememtary School in Glendale, Arizona. They are having fun! They have a culture of happiness. Not every public 

Rutgers Professor Prevails Over New Jersey Charter Lobbyists Who Tried to Silence Her

This is a sordid story with a happy ending. It tells how the deep-pocketed charter industry tried to silence and discredit a scholar who disagreed with them. The story appears in the Nonprofit Quarterly. Professor Julia Sass Rubin is an 

DeVos Shows What Vouchers are About

When she was questioned by Congress, Betsy DeVos let the cat out of the bag about vouchers. The U.S. Department of Education will hand out money for vouchers and will not enforce civil rights laws. “She lifted the curtain on school 


Harold Meyerson: Why Do Billionaires Care So Much About Charter Schools?

Harold Meyerson, editor of The American Prospect, raised a question that I have heard dozens of times: Why do billionaires care so much about charter schools ? Why have so many of the 1% decided that charter schools will provide a better education than public schools? Are we to believe that the Walton Family, Eli Broad, Michael Dell, Doris Fischer, Reed Hastings, and many lesser-known billionaire
The Most Important Expose You Will Read Today: The Fringe Right Universe of “Charities”

The Washington Post published a deeply researched expose today about the “secret universe” of “charities” that fueled the election of Donald Trump. Please understand before reading this that the Internal Revenue Service classifies organizations for tax purposes as 501(c)3 or 501(c)4. When Anthony Cody and I formed the Network for Public Education in 2013, we learned that we had to get IRS approva

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Marc Tucker Debates Checker Finn on Teacher Quality

I know the headline is off-putting to teachers. The teachers who read here do not like being condescended to by “experts” who can’t do what they do everyday: teach 25-40 students. Nonetheless, I am interested in hearing your reaction to this discussion. Mark Tucker specializes in studying what top-performing nations do. He and Linda Darling-Hammond have prepared a report called “Empowered Educato
North Carolina: Why Are Low-Income Students Overlooked for Gifted Classes?

Three reporters at the Charlotte, North Carolina, “New Observer” obtained seven years of student data and began to analyze it. Joseph Neff, Ann Doss Helms, and David Raynor will be using this database to ask more questions, but they began with a straightforward inquiry about why so many low-income students were not encouraged to enroll in challenging courses. They write: “About this time every ye
Mercedes Schneider: The True History of School Choice

In this post, Mercedes Schneider tries to explain the ludicrous claim that vouchers are more “democratic” that public schools controlled by elected school boards. The choice advocates contend that letting parents choose their child’s school is the height of democracy. They do not admit that the schools choose their students, and some will slam their doors to students who don’t fit. Now with Betsy
Ohio: State Auditor Says Closed Columbus Charter School Owes State $340,000

The Ohio State Auditor said that a charter school that closed due to mismanagement in 2015 owes the state $340,000. http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170525/ohio-auditor-closed-columbus-charter-school-owes-state-340000 “A North Side charter school that shut its doors in 2015, stranding about 300 students, has not repaid the $340,770 it owes the state, according to an audit released Thursday by state


Stuart Egan: A Letter of Outrage to the N.C. State Superintendent: Whom Do You Serve?

High school teacher Stuart Egan wrote an open letter to the North Caro,Ina Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mark Johnson. Egan thanked Johnson for his kind words on Teacher Appreciation Week, but wonders why Johnson has 




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