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Politico: Betsy DeVos’ Michigan Charter Schools Get ‘Poor Grades’

President-elect Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has contributed both her wealth and influence to the creation of more charter schools in her home state of Michigan, but national test scores show the state has not fared well as a result, says a report in Politico.

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Donald Trump Announces Pro-Common Core Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

Anti-Common Core grassroots groups of parents and teachers urged Donald Trump to abandon DeVos as his choice, citing her support for the education reform policies of pro-Common Core Jeb Bush and her influence through the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) in favor of Common Core.

President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos shake hands at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. ()

Teachers Union Crashes Broad Museum Opening

On Sunday morning, public school teachers, panicked and angry over billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad’s ambitious plans to expand charter schools, picketed the opening of his new art museum.

Broad Museum (Kevork Djansezian / Getty)

Planned Parenthood Clinic Moving Next Door To Charter School

A Washington Post article about the relocation of Planned Parenthood’s new flagship abortion clinic next door to Two Rivers Public Charter School indicates the school’s executive director appears concerned about the images of aborted babies her students could see on the signs of pro-life protesters. But no mention is made about concerns of the abortions going on inside.

Workers at a Planned Parenthood clinic hang a banner to announce the opening of the facility October 2, 2007 in Aurora, Illinois. The clinic, reported to be the largest Planned Parenthood clinic in the country, was scheduled to open last month but the opening was held up by last minute …

Author Chronicles Failed Education Scheme by Facebook’s Zuckerberg and Cory Booker

According to the New York Times, while Dale Russakoff’s new book, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? has just hit bookstores Tuesday, it is already “a source of enormous contention.” It begins in 2010 when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg became the subject of much media attention as he announced on Oprah that he would throw $100 million into Newark, New Jersey’s failing public school system.

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, arrives for the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 10, 2012 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have been invited to attend the conference which begins Tuesday. (Photo by

Kasich Campaign Hit By Charter School Data Rigging Scandal

Newly-released documents indicate that the husband of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign manager participated with other Ohio Department of Education (ODE) staff in a coordinated effort to falsely inflate the evaluations of some charter school sponsors.

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks during the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read

Roland Martin Highlights America’s School Choice ‘Revolution’ 10 Years After Katrina

The African-American centric news network TV One recently recognized the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by examining the school choice explosion that has rewritten the history of New Orleans’ once failing school system with a special entitled, The New Orleans Charter School Revolution: Ten Years After Katrina — A Parent’s Story.

MLK Charter School 9th Ward Getty Mario Tama

Texas Public Education ‘Fixtures’ Not Seeking Re-Election, Gone for Good?

Two prominent and often controversial fixtures affiliated with Texas public education announced back-to-back that they would not seek re-election when their terms end next year — Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen), the state House Public Education Committee chair over the past two legislative sessions, and Thomas Ratliff (R-Mt. Pleasant), Vice Chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE).

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‘Parent Trigger’ Public School Bill Sailed Through Texas Senate

Pro-school choice advocates revere it. Charter school critics fear it. It is known as the Parent Trigger Law and, on Wednesday, April 15, Senate Bill 14 (SB 14), passed overwhelmingly in the Texas State Senate chamber. The bill carried with a bipartisan vote of 25-6.

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Teachers Support Crackdown on Charter Schools Through Legislation

Democrats in the California State Assembly, prodded along by their financial backers at the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, and California Labor Federation, announced their goal on Wednesday of gutting the state’s charter school system. Their strategy: force charter schools to operate as non-profit organizations.

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Battle Lines Drawn Between Anti-Common Core Superintendent and Arizona Governor

The battle in Arizona between newly elected state superintendent Diane Douglas (R) – who won her race on an anti-Common Core platform – and newly elected Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is illuminating the divide between conservatives who want local control of education and establishment politicians who espouse – whether openly or not – the nationalized standards.

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