How Did The State Board of Education Vote on Controversial Charter School Petitions?

[Originally posted 10:56am September 7th, 2018; Updates provided at the end of post] The appointed State Board of Education in California has been critiqued in recent years as a rubber-stamp of the charter school movement, approving highly problematic petitions for new charter schools, a large proportion of which end up either closing or never even…

What Will Facebook Terragraph, 5G, and Being a “Smart City” Mean for San José Residents?

[First published May 2nd, last updated October 5th, 2018] Silicon Valley’s philosophy to “move fast and break things” may not be readily apparent upon landing on the Smart Cities Vision page for San José, but a closer look at key proposals reveals it’s likely in the mix. While difficult to know how day-to-day life will change as…

KIPP Refuses Agreement To Abide By Conflict of Interest Law; Gets Approved By State Board of Education

  [Original Title]: Will KIPP Be Allowed To Bypass Conflict of Interest Law In Its Bid For State Funds? [3/14/18] Update: The California State Board of Education has voted to approve two KIPP petitions to expand campuses into San Francisco and San Jose despite strong community resistance and knowledge of the charter chain’s refusal to agree…

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…