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…

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…

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…

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…

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…