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The myth that public schools are failing: what is the source?

This article highlights corporate attempts to privatize public education. Author and Executive Director of YES! Magazine, Dean Paton, provides an interesting perspective on how “politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.” Interesting graphics paint a picture of corporate greed and it’s ugly ties to education reform. Is it […]

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The Myth Behind Public School Failure

Dean Paton, yes! Magazine, February 21, 2014 In the rush to privatize the country’s schools, corporations and politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.   Until about 1980, America’s public schoolteachers were iconic everyday heroes painted with a kind of Norman Rockwell patina—generally respected […]

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Minnesota’s Scantron becomes latest ed-related firm to quit ALEC

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 29, 2012 – Last week, Minnesota-based Scantron became the 15th corporation to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in recent weeks. Headquartered in Eagan, the $200 million testing and online education provider is best known for creating and scoring the fill-in-the-bubble test answer forms that are the springtime bane of school children pretty […]

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How ALEC Gets Real Tax Dollars for Fake Schools

Jason Stanford, Huffington Post, May 29, 2012 – A recent question on a standardized test in New York State seemed to set the bar for stupidity in education reform. Schoolchildren were asked to imagine a race between a talking pineapple and a rabbit and were asked why the spectators ate the pineapple and which animal was the […]

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ALEC in Wisconsin: The Hijacking of a State

Mary Bottari, PR Watch, May 21, 2012 – Governor Scott WalkerWisconsinites were shell shocked in 2011 by a wide-ranging legislative agenda in their State Capitol that seemed to come out of the blue. Anti-consumer bills, union busting legislation, voter ID, enormous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy along with requirements for “super majority” votes […]

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Public Money Finds Back Door to Private Schools

Stephanie Saul, New York Times, May 21, 2012 – Niko J. Kallianiotis for The New York Times THE MONEY FINDS A HOME  Hadyn Packer, 8, at a check presentation at St. John Neumann Regional, a Catholic school in Williamsport, Pa. When the Georgia legislature passed a private school scholarship program in 2008, lawmakers promoted it […]

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Why Isn’t Closing 40 Philadelphia Public Schools National News?

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report (truthout), May 10, 2012 – On February 14, 2012, Pennsylvania public school students, parents and teachers converged at the Capitol Rotunda to denounce Governor Corbett’s education plans and demand better schools. (Photo: karathepirate) If some racist made an inappropriate remark about the First Lady or her children our national “civil […]

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Cuts Ties to ALEC

Rebekah Wilce, PR Watch, May 1, 2012 – The national certifying body for teachers in the United States, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), participated in the Education Task Force of theAmerican Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) until April 2012. In an official statement sent to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) today, NBPTS spokesperson Brian […]

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Parent to schools chief: ‘You don’t understand schools’

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, April 28, 2012 – This was written by Helen Gym, a founder of Parents United for Public Education, a citywide parent group focused on school budgets and funding to improve achievement and accountability in the public schools. She is a former editor of The Notebook, an independent website about Philadelphia public schools. She is […]

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Cut-and-paste is no way to ‘write’ new laws

Paul John Scott, Rochester Post-Bulletin Opinion, April 28, 2012 – This fall, Minnesota voters will get to decide on a constitutional amendment that would require would-be voters to show a photo ID. You probably knew that already. But there’s something you might not have known, and that is that the bill very likely did not […]

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