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…

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…

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…

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…