Red Flags Known and Overlooked With State Board Votes On San Jose Charter Schools

[Update 1/21/18]: The charter schools described below were approved by the California State Board of Education on January 19th, 2018 despite community opposition and district/county denials documenting serious red flags in their petitions. Perseverance Prep was approved in full, and Promise Academy as a K-8. This is not the first time such flags have been overlooked…

Lack of Protections in #PersonalizedLearning Software Programs Puts Privacy of Students and Families at Risk

[Press release re-shared from the National Education Policy Center // NEPC Publication] “Digital technologies used in schools are increasingly being harnessed to amplify corporate marketing and profit-making and extend the reach of commercializing activities into every aspect of students’ school lives. In addition to the long-standing goal of providing brand exposure, marketing through education technology now…

New Orleans Charter School 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…

Spending Blind: The Failure of Policy Planning in California Charter School Funding

[Re-published with permission from In the Public Interest] “California has more charter schools than any other state in the nation, in large part because of generous public funding and subsidies to lease, build, or buy school buildings. But much of this public investment, hundreds of millions of dollars, has been misspent on schools that do not…