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America’s Charter Schools Have A Commitment Problem. Photo Credit: Image by Shutterstock, Copyright (c) phanurak rubpol It happened again.

America’s Charter Schools Have A Commitment Problem

This time in Milwaukee. Students at the Universal Academy for the College Bound Webster Campus returned to find themselves in a completely different school, because a charter management company had decided they’d rather move on than finish out their contract for the year. Universal Companies took with them their books and their technology. Milwaukee Public Schools filled in the gaps and the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association ― you know, that damn union that only worries about adult interests ― stepped in to help the staff. It could have been worse. And if you’re thinking, “Well, of course they did that ― what sort of monster would close a building with no notice,” then you haven’t been following charter schools much. But those are anecdotes.

This seems to be a feature of charter schooling that comes as a shock and surprise to parents. Commitment. Spending Bill Renews Federal Voucher Program Despite New Study Showing It Harms Student Achievement. On Thursday, the U.S.

Spending Bill Renews Federal Voucher Program Despite New Study Showing It Harms Student Achievement

Department of Education released a study showing that students in the Washington, D.C., private school voucher program perform worse academically than students who are not in the program. Yet, just four days later, Congress released its budget deal, which includes language to renew the program through 2019. Congress is expected to pass the budget agreement later this week in order to avoid a government shutdown. The findings in the latest report are in line with recent studies of the Louisiana, Indiana and Ohio voucher programs – all of which also found that vouchers have negative impacts on academic achievement. The Numbers Are Stark: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Trump-DeVos Plans to Turn Education into One Big Voucher System.

Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock President Donald J.

The Numbers Are Stark: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Trump-DeVos Plans to Turn Education into One Big Voucher System

Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may think private school voucher schemes are an education panacea, but past federal education officials – including those who worked for conservative administrations – are less optimistic. “If you try something and it’s experimental, and the experiment doesn’t work, why would you want to do it again and again and again?” Diane Ravitch, who served as assistant secretary of education under former President George H.W. Bush, asked during a speech in Texas in late March. Ravitch, who writes extensively about education issues on her eponymous blog, told the gathering of Friends of Texas Public Schools that she once supported the concept of vouchers until the results started coming in that the programs weren’t improving education. “We now have this very strong ideological interest in school choice as an answer,” Ravitch said. Chester E.

Largest Charter School Chain in L.A. Raises Millions in Dark Money to Fight Union Drive, State Auditor Finds. Photo Credit: The extraordinary lengths that Los Angeles’ largest charter school chain will go to defeat a union drive were revealed in a new California State Auditor report that found the chain raised nearly $1 million for the effort and broke federal privacy law by giving alumni information to industry lobbyists to augment their union-busting campaign.

Largest Charter School Chain in L.A. Raises Millions in Dark Money to Fight Union Drive, State Auditor Finds

The efforts by Alliance College-Ready Public Schools to stop the union drive that began in March 2015, when 67 teachers and counselors said they wanted to join United Teachers Los Angeles, also included $2.2 million in donated legal fees, hiring an array of campaign consultants routinely seen in political fights and coordinating with the California Charter School Association (CCSA), which used the private alumni files to recruit former students to their side. But because auditors are state government accountants, their report mostly stuck to fiscal and privacy issues. Massive Fraud In PA Charter Schools Under Corbett's Leadership. <a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href=" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"><img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src=" Click here for reuse options!

Massive Fraud In PA Charter Schools Under Corbett's Leadership

</a> What could $30 million lost dollars mean to students in Pennsylvania? Maybe more teachers, more textbooks, better classrooms? Well, forget about it, because at least that much is in the pockets of corrupt charter school operators. Shocking Education Report Shows Taxpayers Paying Hundreds of Millions for Unneeded and Inferior Charter Schools. Photo Credit: Photo by Ismael F.

Shocking Education Report Shows Taxpayers Paying Hundreds of Millions for Unneeded and Inferior Charter Schools

Armendariz Jr. Shocking Education Report Shows Taxpayers Paying Hundreds of Millions for Unneeded and Inferior Charter Schools. ‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System. Tucked among posh gated communities, and meticulously landscaped shopping centers, Olympia High School in Orlando offers more than two dozen Advanced Placement courses, even more afterschool clubs, and an array of sports from bowling to water polo.

‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System

U.S. News and World Report ranked it among the nation’s top 1,000 high schools last year. Big letters painted in brown on one campus building urge its more than 3,000 students to “Finish Strong.” Olympia’s success in recent years, however, has been linked to another, quite different school five miles away. The Ohio Alliance For Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) Going Out Of Business. ECOT Spokesman: We Will Win On Appeal. Betsy DeVos Helped Ravage Detroit's Schools, Which Is Why She Must Not Become U.S. Secretary of Education. Photo Credit: In 2000, Betsy DeVos, a billionaire, led the voucher proposal placed on the Michigan ballot.

Betsy DeVos Helped Ravage Detroit's Schools, Which Is Why She Must Not Become U.S. Secretary of Education

Many of us met and organized to defeat her effort. We won, but she never stopped. She spent millions of her and her husband’s money to organize support for her efforts. She gave millions to the politicians to support her efforts to destroy public schools which has had an adverse impact on black and brown school systems in Michigan. She has been nominated as the Secretary of the U.S.

Uk.businessinsider. KIPP Ways Academy charter student Jorian Jordan, 13, center, looks on during a rally on the Capitol in support of school choice.


AP Charter Schools are drawing promoters from a place you might not think of: Walmart. The Walton Family Foundation — the philanthropic group run by the Walmart family — sponsored a symposium at the Harvard Club for investors interested in the charter school sector, last week. The event, hosted in Manhattan, was called "Bonds and Blackboards: Investing in Charter Schools," and was cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With the explicit intent of helping investors "Learn and understand the value of investing in charter schools and best practices for assessing their credit," the event featured experts on charter school investing from Standard & Poor's, Piper Jaffray, Bank of America, and Wells Capital Management, among others.

Untitled. This article is part of a two-part series that looks at mass school closings targeting America’s inner cities and the promise of charter schools as a magic solution to alleged “failing schools.”


Part I explained how the charter school movement cynically appropriates civil rights rhetoric, but often leaves the most vulnerable students worse off than before. In Part II, AlterNet looks at a more likely motivation for the “reforms”: Profit. Why hedge funds love charter schools. A board at the New York Stock Exchange . The Myth of Charter Schools. Waiting for "Superman" a film directed by Davis Guggenheim Ordinarily, documentaries about education attract little attention, and seldom, if ever, reach neighborhood movie theaters. Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for “Superman” is different. It arrived in late September with the biggest publicity splash I have ever seen for a documentary. Not only was it the subject of major stories in Time and New York, but it was featured twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show and was the centerpiece of several days of programming by NBC, including an interview with President Obama.

Two other films expounding the same arguments—The Lottery and The Cartel—were released in the late spring, but they received far less attention than Guggenheim’s film. The message of these films has become alarmingly familiar: American public education is a failed enterprise. For many people, these arguments require a willing suspension of disbelief. In each of the schools to which they have applied, the odds against them are large.

A dozen problems with charter schools. Pennsylvania state Rep. James Roebuck ( Untitled. As parents and students reenter public schools for a new year, they’re hearing a lot about “school choice.” Having “choice,” they’re told, lets parents send their kids to schools other than their assigned neighborhood school, such as a charter school, a magnet school, or, in some cases, even a school in another district. No doubt school choice will benefit some parents – just as any market-based system has some winners and some losers. But who really stands to gain most from choice and why? Ohio’s Public Schools Outperform Charters…Again. Teacher from OH Virtual Academy Advocates for Regulation to Eliminate Phantom Students.

As this blog pointed out earlier in the week, Ohio has begun asking online charter schools to document that the students—for which the state is reimbursing charter schools $6,000 per pupil—are not merely signing up, but are also following through by participating actively and doing assigned work. The most notorious of Ohio’s online charters, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), has protested, trying to put off the requirement that it document that students are “attending school”—not merely signing up and then disappearing.

Ohio GOP lawmakers in thrall to online charter operators want to pick taxpayers' pockets, again: Brent Larkin. Call Crime Stoppers. Voodoo Accounting: How Many Students Are Really Enrolled In An Online School? National Poll Finds Overwhelming Bipartisan Support to Rein in Charter School Lapses. Photo Credit: Image by Shutterstock, Copyright (c) Luminaimages According to a new, nationwide poll, Americans overwhelmingly want public charter schools to be more accountable, have less selective admissions policies, employ better-trained teachers, and refrain from harming traditional local schools by siphoning away precious taxpayer funds. Overall, the poll shows wide support for regulating many aspects of the school privatization movement.

“Americans embrace proposals to reform the way charter schools are authorized and managed,” said a report by GBA Strategies, which conducted the poll of 1,000 registered voters in January for two groups that have documented fiscal malfeasance by charter operators, In The Public Interest and the Center for Popular Democracy. “Voters particularly like the concept of community schools that would integrate a dynamic curriculum with after-school and summer enrichment programs,” the report said.

The takeaway? Public schools’ new public enemy: Inside a Netflix billionaire’s charter crusade. This article originally appeared on AlterNet. KYC.eschools. A leading charter school advocate’s stunning admission: Online public schools are a colossal disaster. This article originally appeared on AlterNet. For the second time in three months, the Walton Family Foundation—which has spent more than $1 billion to create a quarter of the nation’s 6,700 public charter schools—has announced that all online public school instruction, via cyber charter schools, is a colossal disaster for most K-12 students.

“If virtual charters were grouped together and ranked as a single school district, it would be the ninth largest in the country and among the worst performing,” co-wrote Walton’s Marc Sternberg and Marc Holley, respectively the foundation’s director of educational giving and its evaluation unit director, in a recent Education Week commentary. Controversial Video of an Aggressive School Teacher. ECOT, Ohio’s Largest Failing Charter, Again Excluded From Federal Grant Application.

CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS: Ignoring payment of fine for violating contribution cap. COLUMBUS — “A school choice group that pumped millions of dollars into helping get its candidates elected in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states has yet to pay a record $5.2 million fine imposed three years ago by Ohio election officials, according to the state attorney general.The fine imposed on All Children Matter languishes even as Ohio Gov.

Education reform’s devious blame game: The charter school movement doesn’t want you to know it’s failing. This article originally appeared on AlterNet. The Ohio Charter School Accountability Project. Ohio’s Public Schools Outperform Charters…Again. Our real charter school nightmare: The new war on public schools and teachers. Peter Cunningham, who previously served as Arne Duncan’s assistant secretary for communications, is a very charming fellow. When he left the administration, he returned to Chicago. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation invited him to start a blog defending “reformers” who advocate for charter schools, high-stakes testing, teacher evaluation based on student test scores, and the rest of the Race to the Top agenda.

The blog, called “Education Post,” received $12 million from several billionaires, including the Broad Foundation, the Michael R. Bloomberg Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Peter just wrote a column that puzzled me. Campbell Brown’s insidious new lie: Charter schools, dark money and the war on teachers’ unions — and your kids.

Before Democratic Party presidential candidates readied for their first debate on CNN, they turned down an opportunity to meet at another forum. As Charter Schools Become Divisive, Two Parents Give Their Take. It used to be a given: When your kids reached school age, they'd strap on their backpacks and head for the neighborhood elementary school. Or, you'd pay a hefty tuition to send them to private school. In the last two decades, a third option has emerged. HB 2 Passes. Now to the Details. Another Failed Ohio Charter School Leaves 60+ Students Displaced. 10 Northeast Ohio charter school boards sue White Hat Management firm. Walton family spends big to make American education more like Walmart. A dozen problems with charter schools - The Washington Post. Koch Brothers Charter School Nightmare: “White kids get to go to a school with a Montessori approach while children of color get eye control”

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