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…

60 Minutes Explores Tech Designed To Be Addictive

What are the long term impacts of cell phone use on children?  And are youth more susceptible to tendencies for tech addiction than adults?  While we may not have definitive answers to these questions, researchers have revealed important findings connecting screen time to children’s developmental outcomes, and journalists are now also beginning to pay attention to how technology…

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…

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…