On the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated the main segment to charter schools. More specifically, to poorly regulated and easily exploitable state charter school systems that see for-profit management companies swoop in and swallow up taxpayer dollars. Though policies vary from state to state,...
Maine’s House Speaker Mark Eves has accused Governor Paul LePage of blackmail after he lost a job offer when threats to his future employer were made by the administration. Eves, who is employed in the private sector as a family therapist, was offered the position of President of the Good Will-Hinckley School, a partially [&hellip...
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that School Reform Commision (SRC) chairman and former city council member Bill Green has been demoted and that fellow SRC board member Marjorie Neff will take his place. Neff is the retired principal of the city’s acclaimed Julia R. Masterman Demonstration School and is a 38-year veteran of the...
In Minnesota, union organizers are making inroads at charter schools as teachers increasingly feel they need power in numbers to affect positive change at the privatized schools. In January, teachers at the Twin Cities German Immersion School organized after minor clashes with higher-ups. And in July the teachers and staff of the...
A new investigative report from the Detroit Free Press reveals a problem in Michigan found in many other states: Charter schools with little oversight and nearly no regulation underperforming to the detriment of students. The report’s findings led the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), a lobby group focusing on...
A new study from Integrity in Education claims “fraudulent charter operators in 15 states are responsible for losing, misusing or wasting over $100 million in taxpayer money.” The report — “Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud And Abuse” — was a combined effort of the Center for Popular Democracy and...
The charter school movement has been labeled a success by those who support the pro-corporate education “reform” agenda, but for students in Columbus, OH, it has been plagued by failure. In 2013 alone, Ohio’s capital city saw 17 charter schools close, of which nine opened this past fall and lasted only a few months. [&hellip...