Tag: Charter Schools

White Silence = Violence

White Progressives Have a Lot of Work to Do, and I’m Not Here to Help

When I ran for school board it was Betsy Hodges, the former Minneapolis mayor, who was the first elected official to endorse me. She asked me a lot of questions, offered some straight talk about the political system and spoke very clearly about what it takes to win in a Whiter than White town like Minneapolis. Later, after winning a…

Real School Choice Means We Need Good Neighborhood Schools Too

I believe in school choice. But I believe in it like I believe in capitalism or college football. It’s a cool idea and I’m glad it’s around, but it doesn’t always work quite as well as advertised. Capitalism needs regulations and external guardrails to operate in any sustainable, fair way, and college football needs…well, I don’t have room to go…

Don’t Blame Public School Choice For Society’s Failures, says John Legend

Grammy and Academy Award winner John Legend has been using his voice for more than singing these days. The “All of Me” singer recently penned a essay in response to the NAACP’s moratorium on charter public schools. Check out what he had to say. Black kids across the country are being given a raw deal. Slavery ended 150 years ago, but…

CPS apologizes for enrollment snafu on charters

Chicago Public Schools apologized Tuesday for releasing incorrect enrollment figures for charter and contract schools during a preliminary count on the district’s 10th day of school, which made charter schools look like they lost a whopping 10 percent of enrollment since last year. CPS typically counts students in its privately managed contract schools along with the charters, but this year it did not, spokeswoman…

BLACK LIVES MATTER, EXCEPT WHEN THEY ENROLL IN CHARTER SCHOOLS

The NAACP made news last week when it called for a moratorium on public charter schools, while a coalition of over 50 other groups called the Movement For Black Lives proposed “An End to the Privatization of Education.” In effect this would mean an end to charter schools that today serve millions of low-income children of color. In doing so these groups, one…

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