Randi: What ESSA Says About Charters

Diane Ravitch's blog

The Every Student Succeeds Act was released to the public on November 30, passed both houses of Congress with large majorities within 10 days, and was signed into law today by President Obama. That was fast. The good news is that No Child Left Behind is gone. There is so much we don’t know because there has been so little time to read it, discuss it, and hear different perspectives on how it will work.

Randi Weingarten here explains the charter portion of the law. Sure, some would prefer that the federal government stop subsidizing privatization. But this is a Republican-controlled Congress, so what did you expect? School choice is their favorite school reform.

Randi writes:

“This is what is in the bill on charters:


“The program is reauthorized through FY 2020 and replaced the current charter school grant program with a program awarding grants to states, and through them…

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