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10/26/2017 – Center For American Progress’s Failed ‘Progressive Case’ For Charter Schools

THIS WEEK: Tax Reform Fears … LA Charter School Scandal … Charter School Rift … Don’t Dis Print … College Aid Declines

TOP STORY

Center For American Progress’s Failed ‘Progressive Case’ For Charter Schools

By Jeff Bryant

“President Donald Trump swept into office on a platform that included support for charter schools … so it’s surprising to see the Center for American Progress, originators of the #Resist campaign, issue a ‘Progressive Case for Charter Schools’ … But CAP’s argument for charters is flawed and unconvincing in multiple ways.”
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NEWS AND VIEWS

The Unnoticed Threat to Public Schools

Democracy Journal

“While the eyes of public education advocates remain transfixed on Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Trump’s private school voucher and ‘skinny budget’ aspirations, they are missing the far graver threat to public schools – tax reform … Consider the existing federal tax deduction for state and local property taxes, which overwhelmingly fund local schools … The best hope for protecting public education from the worst of the Republican budget and tax agenda lies in communicating loudly and widely that deep reduction or elimination of the state and local tax deduction would decimate public education.”
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A Los Angeles School Board Scandal Could Upend Plans By Charter Backers To Take Over Public Schools

The Intercept

“The district attorney of Los Angeles County filed criminal charges this month against Ref Rodriguez, the school board president of the nation’s second-largest public school district. Accused of laundering money into his 2015 political campaign with the help of his cousin, Rodriguez faces three felony charges and 25 misdemeanors … Rodriguez became the first charter school operator to join the Los Angeles school board. He was backed by the well-heeled charter school movement, which spent more than $2 million to help elect him. This past spring, education reform advocates won three more seats, giving the board a slim pro-charter majority for the first time ever … How this all plays out in California will almost surely affect education politics elsewhere.”
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The Rift Among Charter Schools

The American Prospect

“So-called ‘independent charters’ – freestanding schools not run by networked chains – have also begun to organize collectively. They’re saying their interests and reputations can suffer when they’re lumped in with the rest of the charter movement… 60% of the nation’s charters are independent … Ultimately, leaders of independent charters are trying to figure out how to save, or redefine, the brand of the charter school movement.”
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A New Study Shows That Students Learn Way More Effectively From Print Textbooks Than Screens

Business Insider

“While new forms of classroom technology like digital textbooks are more accessible and portable, it would be wrong to assume that students will automatically be better served by digital reading … Students said they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer … Students were able to better comprehend information in print for texts that were more than a page in length. This appears to be related to the disruptive effect that scrolling has on comprehension … There are significant costs and consequences to discounting the printed word’s value for learning and academic development.”
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College Prices Rise Moderately, But Still Outstrip Student Aid

Education Week

“College prices increased moderately in the past year, but they still outstrip the aid students get to pay the bills … For community college students, and in-state students at public, four-year institutions, room and board eats up a bigger part of their budgets than tuition and fees … The average total aid for a fulltime undergraduate in 2016-17 was $14,400 … In 2015-16, average total aid for a fulltime undergraduate was $14,460.”
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