Are Charter Schools 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…

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Unconstitutional

Originally posted on Seattle Education.   On Friday, September 4th, the Supreme Court of Washington State ruled that charter schools were neither public nor constitutional and could receive no public funding.   From Seattle Times: State Supreme Court: Charter Schools are Unconstitutional http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/state-supreme-court-charter-schools-are-unconstitutional/  For more: http://bit.ly/chart_look  To read full court decision, click here.