New Orleans #CharterSchool Problems Exposed at #NAACP Hearing

[Re-published with permission from author] By Bill Quigley New Orleans is the nation’s largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a nearly complete transformation of a public school system into a system of charter schools. Though there…

School Privatization Explained

  The Network for Public Education has recently published the School Privatization Explained toolkit to educate the public on the harms of privatization and to encourage informed decision-making when approached with so-called solutions marketed in the name of “school choice.” The document includes two-page summary responses to each of the following questions: Are charter schools truly public schools? Do charter…

Is Charter School Fraud The New Enron?

Preston Green, Bruce Baker and Joseph Oluwole have a new publication forthcoming in the Indiana Law Journal: Are Charter Schools the Second Coming of Enron?: An Examination of the Gatekeepers That Protect against Dangerous Related-Party Transactions in the Charter School Sector. The authors map the roles that gatekeepers played in the failure of Enron with parallel…

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…

Rocketship Pushes Expansion Despite Denials and Strong Community Opposition

[3/10/16  Update]: Despite strong community opposition and unanimous denials by district and county level school boards, the State Board of Education voted to allow Rocketship to expand their charter school chain to the Monument Corridor in Concord, California.  For more background on how decisions like these can be set in motion, see here. ## Why is there so much controversy surrounding the proliferation of Rocketship…