3/24/2016 – How Breaking Government Hurts Children

THIS WEEK: Who Is DFER? … Charter Schools Suspensions … High School Protests … School Immigrant Influx … Walmart Schools


How Breaking Government Hurts Children

By Jeff Bryant

“New reports reveal that years of hating government are taking their toll on the nation’s infrastructure, in particular, those government services, such as safe drinking water and public schools, which are essential to children.”
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How DFER Leaders Channel Out-Of-State Dark Money In California, Colorado, and Beyond

The Center For Media And Democracy

“At first glance, ‘Democrats for Education Reform’ (DFER) may sound like a generic advocacy group, but a closer review of its financial filings and activities shows how it uses local branding to help throw the voice of huge Wall Street players and other corporate interests from out-of-state … DFER has targeted more than a dozen states.”
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Charter Schools Propping Up The School-To-Prison Pipeline

USA Today

“Charter schools suspend students at a much higher rate than non-charter schools, some of which have suspension rates north of 70 percent. But a disproportionate amount of those suspensions fall on black students, who are four times more likely to be suspended than white students, and students with disabilities, who are twice as likely to be suspended as their non-disabled peers.”
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In Activist Era, High-Schoolers From Boston To Detroit Take To Streets

The Christian Science Monitor

“The emerging student activism movement is incredibly broad, incredibly diverse, and it’s been sparked by this newfound sense of empowerment that comes from social media [and] the ability to make your voice heard in areas where traditionally that hasn’t been possible.”
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Immigrant Influxes Put U.S. Schools To The Test

Education Week

“The United States is now home to the largest number of foreign-born black people in its history – and many are K-12 students enrolled in public schools … Districts have had to adjust on the fly to meet the needs of students who arrive communicating in less frequently spoken languages such as Amharic, Haitian Creole, and Somali.”
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How The Cutthroat Walmart Business Model Is Reshaping American Public Education


Jeff Bryant reports, “At the same time news of Walmart store closings spread through local media outlets, the Walton Family Foundation (WFF), the private foundation created with the retail giant’s wealth, announced that it would be ‘doubling down on its investments in school choice with a $1 billion plan to help expand the charter school sector’ … More communities may have to contend with the reality of schools, public or charter, coming and going based on forces not in their control.”
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