Monthly Archives: June 2020

No Matter What Trump Says, School Choice Is Not the Civil Rights Issue of our Times

Originally posted on janresseger:
Twice in the past couple of weeks, President Donald Trump has been out promoting school choice as the civil rights issue of our times. Trump went to Dallas,Texas, supposedly to discuss the recent tragic police killings…

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Newsweek: Betsy DeVos Steals from the Poor and Gives to the Rich

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Readers of this blog know that Betsy DeVos decoded, against federal law and precedent, that CARES coronavirus funding should be divided among all students, rich, middle-income, and poor. She stuck to this decision…

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Educators of Color and Education Scholars of Color Speak Out Against Failed Billionaire-Backed “Reforms”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Over 600 educators of color and education scholars of color have signed a statement opposing failed billionaire-backed “reforms” intended to privatize public schools and deprofessionalize teaching. The statement was drafted by Kevin Kumashiro…

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Police Reform and School Reform (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Public schools and police departments are core community institutions. Locally controlled, there are 18,000 police departments and over 13,000 school districts in the U.S. State legislatures and city councils…

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Police Reform and School Reform (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Amid widespread protests against police violence against African Americans, calls for reform from ending neck restraints to “defunding” police departments have monopolized TV newscasts and newspaper headlines. Social media…

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No, School Choice is NOT “the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In his speech about reforming policing, Trump veered off into a bizarre claim that school choice is the “civil rights issue of our time.” See the video here. At a time when hundreds…

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Federal CARES Act Public Education Relief Dollars Quietly Flow into the Coffers of Charter Schools and Private Schools

Originally posted on janresseger:
Many charter schools are taking advantage of their public/private status to double dip into more than one stream of federal CARES Act dollars. And Betsy DeVos has also been shifting the rules on distribution of CARES…

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Texas: IDEA Charter Chain Promises to Curb Its Big Spending

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The IDEA charter chain has ambitious plans to expand, with the help of more than $200 million from Betsy DeVos’s charter slush fund (also known as the federal Charter Schools Program, which was…

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