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Kenyan Court Upholds Closure of Bridge International Academies

Re-published with permission from The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. For original post, please see: http://globalinitiative-escr.org/kenyan-court-upholds-the-closure-of-bridge-international-academies-over-failure-to-respect-standards/ “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A judgement delivered yesterday by a Kenyan Court upholds the action taken by Busia County Government to close down ten Bridge International Academies for violating education norms and standards. It marks a turning point…

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DeVos’ ALEC Roots Revealed in Response to Senator Murray’s Question

  While national news reports cite allegations of plagiarism by DeVos for an 18-word lift from an earlier Department of Education press release, a far more extensive copied-and-pasted segment has apparently been overlooked. Below is a direct quote provided on pages 21-22 of DeVos’ answers to Senator Patty Murray’s questions: Senator Murray asks, “If you claim to support accountability and transparency, why…

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Will DeVos Disclose ALEC Lobbying Prior to Senate Vote?

Updated 6:52 PM 01/20/17: Billionaire heiress Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, was interviewed in a confirmation hearing on January 17th, led by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee of the US Senate. Despite multiple requests for extended time and rounds for questions, all were denied and the nominee underwent minimal questioning (one round of 5 minutes per committee…

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American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Recommendations On #ScreenTime and Exposure to Cell Phones

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently issued two new sets of recommendations on media use for children.  At first glance, popular news headlines suggest elimination of the previous “no screens before age two” recommendations (see NPR’s American Academy of Pediatrics Lifts ‘No Screens Under 2’ Rule and KQED’s American Academy of Pediatrics Says Some Screen Time is Okay for…

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Over 100 Education Researchers Sign Statement Calling for Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing, SBAC // California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education

The California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education recently released a research brief documenting concerns and recommendations related to the Common Core State Standards Assessments in California (also referred to as the CAASPP, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or “SBAC” which refers to the “Smarter Balanced” Assessment Consortium).  A two-page synopsis as well…