Charter schools


Neon Tommy

“If the charter schools don’t want to be diverse, they don’t have to be.” Read more

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Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico

A conversation with the union and movement leader on toppling the governor and “proving the impossible” in Puerto Rico. Read more



Charles Edward Miller

2020 Democratic candidates taking a stand against for-profit charters is like bravely standing up in opposition to yeti attacks. Read more

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Phil Roeder

When studies like these are released, without mentioning the unevenness of the results, especially for children of color, it prompts me to question the authors’ intentions. Read more

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A grassroots effort to close charter loopholes made its way to the State Assembly, just to be undermined by the state’s highest office. Read more

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After years of avoidance, Democrats are being forced to take a stand charter schools—and most are straddling both sides. Read more

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White House photo by Pete Souza

“Those of us actually working in education tried and tried and tried and tried and tried to tell you.” Read more

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The problem is exacerbated by the number of racially segregated charter schools in the state. Read more

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Black families in the city have been sold “safer schools,” but must that come at the high price of over-suspension of their children? Read more

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Brad Wilson

Charters promised all sorts of miraculous educational achievements at low, low prices. But those achievements haven’t appeared. More people are understanding that what we’re really talking about is the privatization of our public school system. Read more

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Milwaukee public schools

Charles Edward Miller

In an historic election, the school board, long hospitable to private interests, is now controlled by a pro-public-school majority. That’s big news in a city that has had a giant target painted on it by the national school-choice lobby. Read more


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April Saul

Publicly funded charter schools were presented with the unique opportunity to shape their schools as reflective of their student populations. They have not done that. Read more

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The White House

Up to $1 billion of federal grant money went to charter schools that never opened or opened for only brief periods before being shut down. Read more


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Gage Skidmore

Congress members confronted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a proposed budget increase for a program funding charter schools that quickly closed, or never opened at all. Read more

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Everyone needs to understand the implications of their choice to support charter schools. Read more

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Gage Skidmore

Trump has proposed to slash funding for public education in his 2020 budget. In courts across the country, however, public schools are holding up in lawsuits brought by pro-charter interests. Read more

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John De La Rosa/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Teachers in the school district that was supposed to be the model for education reform just rebelled—and won. Read more

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Backbone Campaign

I’m not looking for gotcha moments or public chastising of the Secretary, I’m after something larger. Read more

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Ben Garvin

What happens when public education becomes a marketplace? Read more


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Ted Eytan

With a spotlight on the U.S. city with the highest concentration of charters, lawmakers have leverage to take on the famously pro-privatization Secretary of Education. Read more

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