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Have You Heard blog
May 3, 2017
Jennifer Berkshire

Education Can’t Fix Poverty. So Why Keep Insisting that It Can?

Education is not the best anti-poverty program, argues historian Harvey Kantor, and it’s long past time we acknowledged that…

One of the consequences of making education so central to social policy has been that we’ve ended up taking the pressure off of the state for the kinds of policies that would be more effective at addressing poverty and economic inequality. Instead we’re asking education to do things it can’t possibly do. The result has been increasing support for the kinds of market-oriented policies that make inequality worse.

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Washington Post
April 27, 2017
Emma Brown and Mandy McLaren

Nation’s only federally funded voucher program has negative effect on student achievement, study finds

Students in the nation’s only federally funded school voucher initiative performed worse on standardized tests within a year after entering D.C. private schools than peers who did not participate, according to a new federal analysis that comes as President Trump is seeking to pour billions of dollars into expanding the private school scholarships nationwide.

The study, released Thursday by the Education Department’s research division, follows several other recent studies of state-funded vouchers in Louisiana, Indiana and Ohio that suggested negative effects on student achievement. Critics are seizing on this data as they try to counter Trump’s push to direct public dollars to private schools.

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Newsday
May 2, 2017
Michael R. Ebert, Scott Eidler, Víctor Manuel Ramos and Joie Tyrrell

Common Core math test boycotted by 79,780 Long Island students

Nearly 80,000 public school students in 100 districts across Long Island refused Tuesday to take the state mathematics exam given in grades three through eight, in a fifth straight year of boycotts driven by opposition to the Common Core tests, according to a Newsday survey.

On the first full-fledged day of math testing in Nassau and Suffolk counties, 79,780 students in the districts that responded opted out — 53.1 percent of the pupils eligible in those systems to take the exam. There are 124 districts on the Island.

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Alternet
April 29, 2017
Steven Rosenfeld

5 Times Charter School Founders Used Shady Real Estate Deals to Shamelessly Enrich Themselves

A trio of academics compare the tactics to Wall Street's raiders.

As the Trump administration plans to redirect taxpayer billions to privatize K-12 education, a scholarly article by some of the nation’s leading investigators of charter school rip-offs has highlighted how their business model is prone to fiscal self-dealing.

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MinnPost
April 27, 2017
Erin Hinrichs

STRIDE Academy was once one of the top performing charters in Minnesota. Now it’s getting shut down

Today, however, STRIDE is facing closure. While school leaders say they embraced the school’s newfound diversity, they struggled to adapt to the academic needs of their changing student population. The school went from being in the top 15 percent of all Title 1 schools in the state, in terms of students’ academic performance, to being in the bottom quarter of Title 1 schools.

Also see:

Grants to STRIDE Academy

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The News & Observer (Raleigh)
April 24, 2017
Lynn Bonner

Should charter school enrollment be a corporate employee perk?

Students could gain admission to charter schools based on where their parents work or where they live under legislation that would make significant changes in the ways the schools fill their classrooms.

The state House is considering a collection of bills that would change who can start a charter and how quickly the schools can grow. Corporations would be able to reserve spaces in schools for their employees’ children...

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Crooks & Liars
April 24, 2017
Jenn Budd

Race To The Bottom: The Department Of Walmart Education

The Walmartification of Education

The Walton family now owns only 50% of Walmart stores. Sadly, that means they only make billions upon billions having lost the last chunk of billions. But never fear, for they have invested wisely. So much so that they have been able to give over $1.3 billion, by their own estimates, to K-12 education during the last two decades through their Walton Family Fund.

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Alternet
April 22, 2017
Leonie Haimson / Network for Public Education

Trump's Education Budget Will Undermine Teaching and Schools

Before Trump, class sizes were already growing.

Though much has been written about President Trump’s proposed budget cuts, little has been said about how his largest proposed cut to public schools, the total elimination of $2.4 billion in Title IIA funds, would likely increase class size across the nation.

Most schools have already have seen sharp increases in class size since the great recession.

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Star Tribune
April 15, 2017
Anthony Lonetree

Enrollment slide to continue in St. Paul, consultant says

A former state demographer is offering little hope of a turnaround in the enrollment decline that has put the St. Paul Public Schools in budget-cutting mode for the past two years.

...She cited the exodus of students to charter schools and delays on the part of millenials to start families as among the factors in the decline.

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Vice.com
April 11, 2017
Allison McCann

When school choice means choosing segregation

By and large, schools with large concentrations of poor or minority children (often the same children, since race and poverty are highly correlated in the U.S.) perform worse. “At scale, we have rarely been able to consistently produce high-quality schools in situations in which all of the kids are poor and minority,” said Rucker C. Johnson, a public policy professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Star Tribune
March 22, 2017
Beatrice Dupuy

Plaintiffs file appeal disputing Minnesota's teacher tenure laws

Four plaintiffs filed an appeal Thursday in their fight to challenge Minnesota's teacher tenure laws. A judge rejected their suit in October but the parents are back to assert that state laws are protecting ineffective teachers and violating students' rights by keeping low-income and minority students from attaining a quality education.

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Star Tribune
March 12, 2017
Beena Raghavendran

Minnesota Court of Appeals throws out school desegregation suit

Parents claimed state did little to address disparities in schools.

A lawsuit claiming the state is shirking its responsibility to educate poor and minority students was thrown out after a Monday ruling from the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

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Bright Light Small City
March 11, 2017
Sarah Lahm

Opt Out Numbers in Minnesota High Schools Skyrocket

As testing season begins in full force across Minnesota, publicly available data from the state Department of Education indicates a striking trend: the number of high school juniors refusing to sit for the state and federally mandated MCA tests is growing

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Institute for New Economic Thinkng
February 28, 2017
Alex Molnar

Dismantling Public Education: Turning Ideology into Gold

Policies based on faith in the “market” as a principle of social organization have wrought havoc with a founding principle of American democracy

Nowhere is the toxic effect of privatization on America’s public wellbeing more evident than in the sphere of education. Today, politicians in thrall to neoliberal ideology seek to subordinate the democratic mission of public education to a theory of market-driven economic development and social organization. The phantasmagorical belief in neutral “scientific” expertise as the primary basis for policymaking has, therefore, profoundly antihuman as well as antidemocratic implications.

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Bright Light Small City
March 14, 2016
Sarah Lahm

MN Comeback: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing for the Minneapolis Schools?

Amid all of this revamping, the Minneapolis Public Schools continues to fall further into the hands of MN Comeback.

Also see:

Minnesota Comeback - profile

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