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Republican Tax Plan Opens Backdoor to Federally Supported School Vouchers

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has insisted that her lifelong support for school vouchers and other forms of school privatization does not mean the Trump administration will “mandate” these “school choice” policies, but her Republican friends in Congress put into their tax plan new provisions that will have essentially the same impact as a federally-supported school voucher program and will redirect millions of dollars from public treasuries to private schools.

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The GOP's War on Learning

As the Republican-controlled Congress continues to advance tax plans that slash funding from public education, a new report reveals how state and local government officials, especially where GOP leadership dominates, have continued a decade-long campaign to keep school funding below levels that preceded the Great Recession.

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Why Democrats Should Follow the NEA, NAACP and Black Lives Matter and Unite On A Charter School Moratorium

Democrats know that success for their party relies on bringing labor and civil rights advocates together on key issues.

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Why Democrats Should Unite on a Charter School Moratorium

Democrats know that success for their party relies on bringing labor and civil rights advocates together on key issues.

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The Evidence Trail Mounts: Charter Schools Do Bad Stuff Because They Can

Charter schools have become a fetish of both Democratic and Republican political establishments, but local news reports continue to drip, drip a constant stream of stories of charter schools doing bad stuff that our tax dollars fund.

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Latest DeVos Worry: Ignoring Anti-Discrimination Laws Protecting LGBTQ Students

U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos had another rough day in Congress this week when Senators grilled her on the details of her budget which slashes over $9 billion from the education department and diverts $1.4 billion to privately operated schools such as charter schools and private schools.

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Underfunded Oklahoma Schools Shortened School Week Is Tip of Nationwide Education Fund Shortfall

This week’s disturbing news that Oklahoma schools are so poorly funded some of them may move from five days a week to four got a lot of people’s attention, including my colleague Richard Eskow, who called this an example of “the Republican party’s sickness of the soul.” Unfortunately, the illness is highly contagious.

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What Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Calls Education Transformation Is Actually Public Theft

Betsy DeVos wants to give your tax dollars to private schools and businesses and tell you it’s an education “transformation.”

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Leaked Trump Education Budget Massively Feeds School Privatization at the Expense of Traditional Public Schools

The vision of “education reform” coming from the Trump administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos entails cutting direct aid to students, especially those from low-income families, in order to expand the private sector’s financial footprint in education.

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Evidence Mounts That School Choice Isn't Delivering Promised Results, Not That K-12 Privateers Are Listening

Another week, another round of evidence that providing parents with more “school choice,” especially the kind that lets them opt out of public schools, is not a very effective vehicle for ensuring students improve academically or that taxpayer dollars are spent more wisely.

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NY Times Lets a Charter School Propagandist Distort the Facts on Its Op-Ed Page

President Donald Trump’s adamant promotion of “school choice” and his selection of Betsy DeVos for education secretary have put advocates for charter schools in the Democratic party in a bind, and now they’re scrambling to keep the luster of the well-polished charter school brand unblemished.

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Betsy DeVos Pitches Voucher Schools at Only Public School Protesters Can't Get To: A Military Base

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally found a public school she could visit where she could avoid protests. It’s on a military base, safely inside the compound of Ft. Bragg in North Carolina.

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Trump's 'School Choice' Plan: Religious Fundamentalism at Taxpayer Expense

President Donald Trump is being praised for a change in tone in his recent address to Congress, but his belligerent attitude toward public education hasn’t changed a bit.

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