6/28/2018 – Charter School Chain Poised To Profit Off Children Separated from Parents At The Border

THIS WEEK: DeVos Drops Civil Rights … School Reform Fail … College Speech Crackdown … Rebel Name Falls … SCOTUS Hurts Kids


Charter School Chain Poised To Profit Off Children Separated from Parents At The Border

By Jeff Bryant

“Separating refugee and immigrant children from their parents at the border isn’t just a cruel injustice to the families affected; it’s also good business, and the latest enterprise wanting in on the action is a Texas-based charter school chain connected to the operator of detention centers reaping the biggest share of federal government contracts.”
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DeVos Has Scuttled More Than 1,200 Civil Rights Probes Inherited From Obama


“A ProPublica analysis of data on more than 40,000 civil rights cases … found that, under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the department has scuttled more than 1,200 civil rights investigations that were begun under the Obama administration and lasted at least six months. These cases, which investigated complaints of civil rights violations ranging from discriminatory discipline to sexual violence in school districts and colleges around the country, were closed without any findings of wrongdoing or corrective action … ProPublica also found that the Office for Civil Rights has become more lenient. Under Obama, 51% of cases that took more than 180 days culminated in findings of civil rights violations, or corrective changes. Under the Trump administration, that rate has dropped to 35%.”
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The Gates Foundation Bet Big On Teacher Evaluation. The Report It Commissioned Explains How Those Efforts Fell Short.


“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation … funded the efforts … in several large school districts and charter networks … to changing how teachers were hired, trained, evaluated, and paid. Now, new research commissioned by the Gates Foundation finds scant evidence that those changes accomplished what they were meant to: improve teacher quality or boost student learning … In most cases there were no clear effects, good or bad. There was also no consistent pattern of results over time … The total direct cost of all aspects of the program, across several years in the three districts and four charter networks, was $575 million … or a few hundred dollars per student per year.”
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In Name Of Free Speech, States Crack Down On Campus Protests

The New York Times

“When the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin wanted to address the issue of free speech on campus … it adopted a three-strikes policy …. Any student found to have disrupted the free expression of others is expelled after a third infraction … Republican-led state legislatures in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina have imposed similar policies on public colleges and universities, and bills to establish campus speech guidelines are under consideration in at least seven other legislatures. These efforts, funded in part by big-money Republican donors, are part of a growing and well-organized campaign that has put academia squarely in the cross hairs of the American right.”
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A School In The Former Capital Of The Confederacy Is Renamed For Barack Obama, The Nation’s First Black President

Education Week

“The school board in Richmond, Va., will rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary as Barack Obama Elementary School … Most of the students at Stuart Elementary are black. At Obama-named schools across the nation, more than 90% of students who attend the namesake schools are black and Latino. Fewer than 4% are white … Despite a wave of recent campaigns to remove the names of Confederate leaders from public schools, roughly 140 buildings in K-12 school districts still honor figures from that foregone era.”
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Supreme Court’s Janus Ruling Will Hurt Children


Jeff Bryant writes, “Pushing the Janus case to a compliant Supreme Court is the conservative movement’s counterpunch against the collective power of working people. But as is so often the case, when rightwing billionaires take a swing at a progressive cause, they hit children too … Because school teachers have become society’s first responders, anything that diminishes their voices diminishes advocacy for children … But the benefits of teachers’ unions, and unions of all kinds, to the wellbeing of children go beyond the advocacy teachers engage in for their schools and their students … A 2015 study found strong empirical evidence that unions may help children move up the economic ladder … The Janus case represents the culmination of the conservative movement’s decades-long effort to strike at the heart of workers’ ability to organize.”
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