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NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored

A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.

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Are Charter Schools Segregating America’s Education System?

Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite.

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When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only

Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools.

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Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.

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How Boundaries Separating White School Districts From Nonwhite Communities Are Becoming Flashpoints

America is embroiled in an immigration debate that goes far beyond President Obama’s executive order on undocumented immigrants.

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Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification.

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Worms in the Common Core

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Lives on the Boundary: Education and Inequality

For almost 35 years, I’ve been writing about people who have had a hard time of it in school, and this writing has led me to examine our definition of intelligence and measures of academic achievement, the relation of social class and inequality to achievement, and the very purpose of education in a democratic society.

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Dyslexie Font Aims to Make Reading Easier for Dyslexics

Dutch designer Christian Boer is dyslexic and grew tired enough of struggling to read that he invented a new font to address the issue.

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Debt Until You Die: How Some Senior Citizens Are Still Paying Off Their Student Loans

Crushing student loan debt is not only applicable to the young and penniless.

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Pakistan’s Youth: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The so-called youth bulge in Pakistan has now become visible.

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo.

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How a Businessman Funnels Public Education Funds for Charter Schools Into Private Companies

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.

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How Taxpayers Unknowingly Fund Elite Private Universities as Public School Subsidies Shrink

What justifies so much government spending per student in private elite universities relative to public ones?

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Malala Yousafzai and Children’s Advocate Win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi said they’ll use the award to try to bring their opposed countries together. And they’ll start by inviting their respective prime ministers to the award ceremony.

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Germany Makes College Education Free as American Students Drown in Debt

Higher education tuition fees were banned in Germany this week for anyone pursuing a degree in the country. Yes, that includes Americans.

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

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War on Extremism

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John Oliver Stages Beauty Pageant to Show Why It’s Troubling That Miss America Is a Scholarship

The “Last Week Tonight” team does some investigative reporting about Miss America’s alleged annual $45 million in scholarships for women and, with the help of comedian Kathy Griffin, highlights why beauty pageants are “horrible” and should cease to exist immediately.

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What on Earth Is the Government Thinking Giving Grenade Launchers and Machine Guns to Schools?

Though it may seem like an absurd, cruel joke, it’s not just our police departments that are being militarized; our school districts are getting tanks as well. Here’s what Stephen Colbert has to say about it.

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Top 5 Reasons 45 Percent of Scots Wanted to Leave the Right-Wing U.K.

The U.S. media coverage of the Scottish referendum is oddly lacking in any reference to actual politics.

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A Chronicle of Echoes

Teaching in the American public school system, in another 10 years, could be reduced to a temp job or a micromanaged performance scripted by corporations. Who are the people behind this implosion?

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Occupy Activists Try to Restore Our Faith in ‘Collective Power’ by Wiping $3.9M of Student Loan Debt

The Strike Debt movement, which has its roots in Occupy Wall Street, bought and “abolished” a portfolio that included the student loan debts of 2,700 students who had attended the privately run Everest College.

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Russell Brand Challenges Bill O’Reilly’s Skewed Views on White Privilege

Fox News is consistently in denial about the fact that the American experience is heavily weighted against black people, insisting that everyone in the country has a personal responsibility to pick themselves up by their own boot straps. Luckily for us, comedian Russell Brand is still hellbent on proving Bill O’Reilly and Co. wrong.

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John Oliver on Student Debt: Our Leaders Have Decided Education Is Not Important Enough to Pay For

In an inspired back-to-school rant, John Oliver encourages college freshmen to enjoy every last second of what will undoubtedly be the best years of their lives since every year that comes after will be marked with crushing, inescapable debt.

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12 Theses on Education in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

The goal of neoliberal education policies is not to improve education, but rather to increase the profits of private corporations. As long as the United States continues to view educational policy and practice through the lens of market-based values, there is little hope that progressive education, with its aim of educating students for critical citizenship and social and economic justice, will survive.

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All Americans’ Private Photos Could Be Leaked Thanks to the NSA, Not Just Jennifer Lawrence’s

Everyone’s talking about personal privacy violations due to the recent leak of celebrity nude pictures, but the National Security Agency is missing from the debate; Americans have resented teachers throughout history based on moral panic; meanwhile, big Republican donors are considering spending their money to back Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Why College Shouldn’t Be the Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree.

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Israeli Education to Help Pay for Summer War on Hamas in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to slash government expenditures by 2 percent to offset the $2.5 billion cost of his administration’s 50 day military campaign against Hamas in Gaza. Much of the money will come out of the nation’s education budget.

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Students Who Take Notes With Laptops Learn Less, and the Reason May Surprise You

A few months ago, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that students who handwrite their notes learn better than those who use laptops, and the reason is not because the latter are busy checking Facebook.

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Back to School and to Widening Inequality

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they’re going back to differ dramatically by family income.

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Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt Calls on U-Illinois Not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies

In the early 1950s, under the influence of Rep. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., a national witch hunt was conducted for leftists.

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Study: Educational Segregation Plays a Role in Tea Party Allegiance

A study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame teased out a positive correlation between educational segregation, which can relate to other divisive factors but isn’t always interchangeable with them, and alignment with tea party ideology.

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Unpaid Interns Can Collect Back Pay Without Hurting Their Careers

After a year scrutinizing the intern economy, ProPublica’s internship investigation is coming to an end. But before signing off, we wanted to do our own end-of-semester review.

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Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal

Thinking has become dangerous in the United States. The indications are everywhere.

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In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department

A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

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Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Critics of L.A.’s Anti-Teacher Ruling

Michael Hiltzik and Ralph E. Shaffer revealed a court decision for what it is: a money-greased attempt to transfer control over education to the rich.

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Diverse Group of Wealthy Elite Funded Attack on L.A. Teachers

Republicans, liberals, Hollywood stars and multinational corporate executives are all donating to the effort to strip public schools and teachers in Los Angeles and beyond of the means to perform their work without interference from private interests.

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‘Brief Histories of Inequality’: Student Debt Edition

Salon columnist Thomas Frank takes us from the start of the university “tuition spiral” in the early ’80s, past the refusal to note the role of ballooning administrative costs, and through the emergence of the view that as an investment in future earnings, individuals should shoulder whatever price for education the market sets.

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Saddled with Debt

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‘Borrowing to Attend an American College May Be Hazardous to Your Dreams’

What if the real reason college has become increasingly inaccessible is that the institution itself is a “scam meant to perpetuate the 1 percent?”

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Truthdigger of the Week: Francisco ‘Papas Fritas’ Tapia

By burning up to $500 million worth of student debt contracts held by a corrupt, for-profit university, the Chilean artist reminds us of the virtue of principled anger.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: JoAnn Wypijewski

The Nation magazine journalist asks us to consider whether the internment of hundreds of public school teachers in district gulags is part of the ongoing effort to privatize education.

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