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6/7/2018 – Charter School Industry’s Stunning Loss In California Primaries

THIS WEEK: Why Teachers Strike … Teachers On The Ballot … Budget Cuts Hurt … What Vouchers Fund … Polls On Teacher Pay

TOP STORY

Charter School Industry’s Stunning Loss In California Primaries

By Jeff Bryant

“In reviewing the losers in this week’s primary elections in eight states, one shouldn’t overlook the charter school industry, which took a drubbing in the California governor’s race where its preferred candidate former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa drew a very disappointing 13 percent of the vote … It’s important to understand what the charter industry believes was at stake in getting Villaraigosa elected.'”
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NEWS AND VIEWS

The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are In Revolt

The New York Times

“The underlying conflict between public school employees and policymakers has roots in decisions made during the last recession, when states and local districts short of cash curtailed education spending for the first time in decades… The recovery that has lifted the private economy has not quite restored school spending to pre-recession levels, especially in states run by fiscal conservatives … Spending per pupil rose 26 out of 29 years before 2010, only to tumble three consecutive years at the beginning of this decade … By 2016, more than half of states controlled by Democrats had restored education spending per pupil to 2009 levels, but the same was true in only 5 of 22 states controlled by Republicans.”
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From The Classroom To The Campaign Trail: Emboldened Teachers Run For Office

The Washington Post

“Teachers are running for office in unprecedented numbers … In several deep-red states, educators who protested budget cuts, low teacher pay and pension changes are challenging lawmakers at the ballot box, following through on vows to oust them from office. Teachers on both sides of the aisle are taking up the mantle, with some Republican educators campaigning on pledges to increase education spending and to slow the expansion of charter schools … Teachers have watched as their classrooms crumbled from neglect and their school days became consumed by preparation for standardized tests.”
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What Budget Cuts Mean For Third Graders In A Rural School

The New York Times

“West Greene is one of many schools across the country dealing with the effects of funding cuts, from broken-down buses to donated supplies to teachers who work second jobs … Teachers here said they felt they could address their needs locally, without getting involved in state politics, even though many said they were unhappy about their salaries and the school’s tight budget. Their detachment from the protests suggested that there were limits to the walkout movement.”
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Private Schools’ Curriculum Downplays Slavery, Says Humans And Dinosaurs Lived Together

Orlando Sentinel

“Some private schools in Florida that rely on public funding teach students that dinosaurs and humans lived together, that God’s intervention prevented Catholics from dominating North America and that slaves who ‘knew Christ’ were better off than free men who did not. The lessons taught at these schools come from three Christian publishing companies whose textbooks are popular on many of about 2,000 campuses that accept, and often depend on, nearly $1 billion in state scholarships, or vouchers … The social studies books downplay the horrors of slavery and the mistreatment of Native Americans … They disparage religions other than Protestant Christianity and cultures other than those descended from white Europeans … About 60% of scholarship students are black or Hispanic.”
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New Polls Find Most Americans Say Teachers Are Underpaid – And Many Would Pay Higher Taxes To Fix It

The Washington Post

“Three national polls report that most Americans agree that educators don’t earn enough. And two of the surveys found that at least half of Americans said they would pay higher taxes to raise educator salaries … Each found that Americans overwhelmingly believe public school teachers are underpaid … U.S. teachers earn less than 60% of what similarly educated professionals make.”
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