Poll: 2 in 3 say public school teachers underpaid

By Laura Meckler / Washington Post Posted at 11:21 AM Most Americans say public-school teachers are underpaid and say they would support them if they went on strike for better wages, a new poll shows, offering backup for newly assertive educators. At the same time, the poll found American confidence in teachers at a low point. Also, the share of Americans who would want one of their … Continue reading Poll: 2 in 3 say public school teachers underpaid

We Can’t Just Sue Our Way To A Better Education System

Aug 29, 2018, Natalie Wexler Frustrated with a lack of progress—especially for poor and minority students—some education activists are resorting to lawsuits. But courts aren’t equipped to address obstacles that are deeply rooted in the American approach to teaching. A lawsuit filed in 2016 charged that conditions in Detroit schools—including a lack of teachers, books, pencils, and heat, along with an abundance of vermin—contributed to low test … Continue reading We Can’t Just Sue Our Way To A Better Education System

DeVos makes surprise visits to D.C. public schools that made gains on standardized test

By Perry Stein August 22 at 9:12 PM Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a surprise visit Wednesday to three D.C. public schools to mark the start of the year and celebrate their notable gains on a national standardized test. The elementary schools — Hendley, Simon and Amidon-Bowen — are part of the traditional public school system and serve children who are predominately from low-income and African … Continue reading DeVos makes surprise visits to D.C. public schools that made gains on standardized test

Poll: GOP support for school choice growing

By Maria Danilova / The Associated Press August 23, 2018    WASHINGTON — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stanford University, come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promotes … Continue reading Poll: GOP support for school choice growing

Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC REVEALS WHAT CHARTER SCHOOLS DON’T TELL PARENTS. SEE THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION HERE Arizona Republic Aug. 22, 2018 With Arizona public schools struggling to raise students’ standardized test scores, the Legislature in 1994 began a grand experiment: charter schools. They were exempted from state procurement or conflict-of-interest laws and the oversight of elected boards. With less regulation, charters could succeed where traditional public schools had failed, proponents argued. Today, about … Continue reading Charter schools are big business. Who’s making money off public education?

Charter School Amendment Removed From Florida Ballot

 AUGUST 21, 2018 By Tom McLaughlin Circuit Court Judge John Cooper clearly didn’t agree with the wording of the last of the constitutional amendments to be put before voters this November. Cooper on Monday ordered Amendment 8 stricken from the ballot, calling both the amendment language and the title it would have been introduced under as “misleading.” Court Blocks 2 Amendments From North Carolina Ballot … Continue reading Charter School Amendment Removed From Florida Ballot

California State Superintendent Torlakson Creates Team to Recommend Updates in Charter School Law

August 20, 2018 – SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced that he is creating an Action Team on Charter Schools to review laws governing California’s charter schools, and provide recommendations about any needed changes to the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Governor, State Board of Education, and State Legislature. The guiding law for charter schools—the California Charter School Act—was enacted 26 … Continue reading California State Superintendent Torlakson Creates Team to Recommend Updates in Charter School Law

(HBCU’s)- Black Colleges Have to Pay More for Loans Than Other Schools

And there’s no factor that can explain it other than racism. ADAM HARRIS 1:06 PM ET It’s expensive to be poor. And few places in higher education feel that more acutely than historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), where endowments are typically smaller and enrollments have fluctuated wildly over the past decade. Now, to be clear, the financial misfortune of black colleges does not rest squarely on their shoulders. … Continue reading (HBCU’s)- Black Colleges Have to Pay More for Loans Than Other Schools

The DeVos Hearings: School Choice is Here to Stay

Prepare to hear “school choice” a lot. Here’s what it actually means. EMILY DERUY JAN 12, 2017 The Trump administration could bring to the fore some education terms that have been largely overlooked in recent years as it moves to dramatically change the way students learn in the United States. And officials and advocacy groups will throw around other words that are commonly heard but … Continue reading The DeVos Hearings: School Choice is Here to Stay

Public Opinion Shifts in Favor of School Choice

In a new survey, a majority of respondents support the expansion of families’ education options. But specific programs such as vouchers remain polarizing. ALIA WONG AUG 21, 2018 The results of a new poll suggest that a majority of Americans now support the expansion of school choice for all families. With 54 percent of respondents saying they favor universal-choice policies—which typically come in the form of programs that … Continue reading Public Opinion Shifts in Favor of School Choice