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August 17, 2017
Tennessee’s former ed chief: Betsy DeVos must resign; Trump’s comments have undercut her moral authority
Kevin Huffman says President Trump’s comments on Charlottesville undercut DeVos's ability to work on behalf of public school students, many of whom are of color.
August 15, 2017
National support for charter schools has dropped sharply in last year
Public support for charter schools has declined substantially in the last year, according to a national survey released Tuesday.
choice for most
August 10, 2017
Choice for most: In nation’s largest voucher program, $16 million went to schools with anti-LGBT policies
One in 10 of Indiana’s voucher schools publicly shares a policy suggesting or declaring that LGBT students are not welcome.
August 7, 2017
Even with a voucher, families find themselves facing extra fees for private school
A new study finds that families who use a private-school voucher are happy with their choice — but also points to an obstacle that keeps some families from using a voucher at all.
August 4, 2017
Week in review: A testing surprise, deja vu and debates
Detroit schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti announced this week that the DPSCD would reduce the number of required tests from 186 to 57 — a 70 percent drop.
Secretary v. secretary
August 1, 2017
Arne Duncan criticizes Betsy DeVos on civil rights, says she hasn’t asked for his advice
When Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education, he asked his predecessors for advice. That’s why he’s disappointed that he hasn’t gotten a similar call from Betsy DeVos.
July 31, 2017
‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that charter leaders refuse to accept federal charter school money if Trump’s cuts to education went through.
July 30, 2017
Do vouchers actually expand school choice? Not necessarily — it depends on how they’re designed
Who benefits most from private school voucher programs: families with few options or the schools themselves?
problems and solutions
July 27, 2017
6 problems the NAACP has with charter schools — and 5 of its ideas for how to reshape the sector
After calling for a temporary ban on new charter schools last year, the NAACP has revealed what would it would take to get the civil rights group to support the sector.
Updated July 31, 2017
‘Underperformer,’ ‘bully,’ and a ‘mermaid with legs’: NYMag story slams Betsy DeVos
A new article detailing Betsy DeVos’s first months as U.S. ed secretary concludes that she’s “a mermaid without legs: clumsy, conspicuous, and unable to move forward.”
July 23, 2017
Critics of vouchers say they’re marred by racism and exacerbate segregation. Are they right?
A recent report described the “racist origins” of school vouchers; school choice backers have vehemently denied the charge. So what do we know about the competing claims?
July 20, 2017
Betsy DeVos defends vouchers and slams AFT in her speech to conservatives
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticized protestors, a teachers union, cited Margaret Thatcher and former teachers who left the job.
July 20, 2017
In a speech to ALEC, Betsy DeVos name drops Indiana school choice programs and advocates
ALEC is holding its annual conference this week in Denver.
I saw the sign(s)
July 19, 2017
Demonstrators display frustration with DeVos at Denver protest
Hundreds marched from the Capitol to a Denver hotel to protest Betsy DeVos' expected visit to the city tomorrow, many carrying signs critical of the Trump appointee.
July 19, 2017
At DeVos protest, opponents seek to tie Trump education appointee to Denver school board
“In November, we have the opportunity to take our school board back!” one rally speaker said.
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