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vouching for vouchers
7 hours ago
Louisiana vouchers have led to big drops in test scores, but they also might boost college enrollment
Students who won a school voucher in Louisiana to attend their top-ranked private high school were 6 percentage points more likely to enroll in college.
April 19, 2018
Walton memo recommends charter advocates do more to persuade Democrats and appease unions
An internal memo offers a playbook for charter advocates after a high-profile defeat in Massachusetts.
April 13, 2018
Don’t just talk about tech: How ‘personalized learning’ advocates are honing their messaging
Don’t call schools outdated and don’t focus on technology. That’s some of the advice advocates of “personalized learning” offer in a recent messaging document .
April 13, 2018
Why the school spending graph Betsy DeVos is sharing doesn’t mean what she says it does
Simply pointing to two trends that coincide doesn't say anything about how one affects the other.
April 10, 2018
A decade of stagnation: Little progress on closely watched federal test, as big disparities persist
Scores on the exams known as the “nation’s report card” have barely budged over the last two years, new data show.
April 6, 2018
Week in review: When state education dollars fund horseback riding and Minecraft
In a state where vouchers are illegal because the Constitution bans the use of public dollars for private schools, Michigan lawmakers have…
Battle to buy a school
April 5, 2018
After legal fight with the Detroit district, local charter Detroit Prep is ‘back full force’ working on the building
The leader of a charter school that has been battling the Detroit district over a property says she expects her school to move…
April 2, 2018
It’s official: Detroit’s enrollment grew for the first time in over a decade, even after adding the state-run district
What Detroit district leaders have been saying for months is true: After many years of losing students, enrollment in the Detroit district grew this year…
March 20, 2018
Betsy DeVos avoids questions on discrimination as school safety debates reach Congress
DeVos is now set to consider the repeal of Obama-era discipline policies on the Trump administration’s school safety committee, which she will chair.
March 19, 2018
New York City charter leader Eva Moskowitz says Betsy DeVos is not ‘ready for prime time’
In New York City, Eva Moskowitz has been a lone voice of support for the controversial U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. But even…
March 16, 2018
Week in review: ‘I was cheated. … I’m behind.’
It was a busy week in Detroit schools as the district scrambled to move students out of…
March 12, 2018
You probably didn’t notice Betsy DeVos was at an Indianapolis school on ‘60 Minutes’
The interview has made headlines and attracted criticism on Twitter for DeVos's controversial comments.
March 12, 2018
DeVos concedes that Michigan’s schools ‘need to do better’ — and says ‘more options’ are the answer
DeVos made the comments during her 60 Minutes appearance Sunday, where she seemed to struggle for answers at times, and on Twitter on Monday.
March 12, 2018
Making the rounds on TV, Betsy DeVos says she hasn’t visited struggling schools and draws sharp criticism
Betsy DeVos has visited all kinds of schools since she took office last year. But one kind of school has been left out, she said Sunday: schools that are struggling.
Puerto Rico partnership
March 6, 2018
Top school choice group advising Puerto Rico on controversial efforts to expand charters and vouchers
EdChoice, a group that backs school vouchers, is preparing to help Puerto Rico officials expand school choice, or what critics there have called “privatization.”
Scores of scores
February 16, 2018
Republican state board member says A-F school letter grades would hurt poor students, but lawmakers aren’t convinced
A representative of the state board of education spoke strongly against a House bill to evaluate school performance with an A-F report card,…
grappling with grades
February 15, 2018
Getting kids to class may be harder than some lawmakers think. A new study casts doubt on how big a role educators can play.
Michigan and other states are focusing more on how often students are absent as a factor in determining a school’s performance. But a…
February 12, 2018
Workforce training programs may soon look different in Memphis schools
A proposed revamp of career and technical education will be presented this month to the school board for Shelby County Schools.
By the numbers
February 12, 2018
Trump’s proposed education budget: more for school choice, less for teacher training
The budget plan, released Monday, amounts to a doubling down on Betsy DeVos’s central belief. (It's also likely to be ignored.)
Tech tools to raise scores
February 6, 2018
Detroit district aims to give a laptop to every student, starting with three schools
A group of kindergarten students stood at the front of their class at Cooke STEM Academy Tuesday morning, using their fingers on an…
a closer look
January 16, 2018
Fact-check: Weighing 7 claims from Betsy DeVos’s latest speech, from Common Core to PISA scores
Fact-checking seven claims that DeVos made during a recent speech.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
Looking back and ahead
December 21, 2017
Here are six big things that happened in Tennessee in 2017 that will resonate in 2018
From TNReady snafus to pre-K investments, Tennessee faced education challenges and opportunities in 2017 that are sure to make headlines again during the new year.
December 20, 2017
A Betsy DeVos-approved tax change is meant to make private school more affordable. Here’s why it might not work
There’s reason to believe that private schools are likely to raise tuition in response.
December 19, 2017
Four takeaways from Betsy DeVos’s summit on innovation in K-12 education
Betsy DeVos used her bully pulpit on Tuesday to again call for more school innovation, especially technology-infused “personalized learning.” “Washington, D.C. does not have all…
December 18, 2017
School vouchers hit snag in Tennessee as sponsor announces he won’t advance bill
Sen. Brian Kelsey says he won’t ask a Senate committee to take up his bill when the legislature reconvenes next month.
choice for most
December 15, 2017
14 percent of U.S. schools accepting vouchers have anti-LGBT policies, according to new investigation
The story’s analysis and conclusions map closely to those of an investigation we published this summer into how Indiana schools that accept vouchers treat LGBT students.
December 12, 2017
An Indianapolis private school touted by DeVos is adding 400 more seats
An Indianapolis private school that is dedicated to promoting racial and economic integration is planning to grow by 50 percent in the coming years. The…
December 6, 2017
Detroit city leaders to district and charter schools: Please work together to improve education for kids
Tensions might be high between Detroit district and charter schools these days, but a powerful coalition of city…
inside the playbook
December 6, 2017
A ‘portfolio’ of schools? How a nationwide effort to disrupt urban school districts is gaining traction
From Atlanta to Cincinnati to Oakland, a loosely connected network of nonprofit groups is working to reshape the way their school districts function.
November 30, 2017
DeVos calls America still ‘a nation at risk,’ cheers GOP tax plan
The nation's ed chief tells a summit gathering in Nashville that not much has changed since the landmark Reagan-era report indicting America’s public schools.
November 29, 2017
Betsy DeVos tours school during her first Tennessee visit as education chief
The secretary praised career-technical education at a traditional public school, but also put in a good word for vouchers in a state that has consistently eschewed them.
November 28, 2017
As national debate over discipline heats up, new study finds discrimination in student suspensions
Black students in Louisiana are suspended for slightly longer than white students after being involved in the same fight, according to new research that adds to a roiling national debate about school discipline.
November 27, 2017
Jeb Bush, Betsy DeVos to rally education reformers this week at Nashville summit
The gathering of some 1,100 reform-minded players comes as efforts to reengineer education as a consumer choice have buoyed under the Trump administration.
Updated November 21, 2017
To back up claim that schools must change, DeVos cites made-up statistic about the future of work
Betsy DeVos made a remarkable claim about the future of work — but it appears to have no basis in fact.
November 15, 2017
Trump education nominee pleads ignorance about high-profile voucher studies showing negative results
The nominee to be second-in-command at the Department of Education, said he was not aware of high-profile studies showing that school vouchers can hurt student achievement.
‘endrew f.’ plaintiffs speak out
November 15, 2017
Parents of Colorado student to Betsy DeVos: We are not a ‘poster child’ for your school choice agenda
A Colorado couple who won a special education case in court feel U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wrongly portrayed them as a school choice success story.
Coming to Tennessee
November 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos to address Jeb Bush’s education summit in Nashville
The visit will mark DeVos’s first to Tennessee since the Michigan billionaire became President Donald Trump’s secretary of education in February.
students with disabilities
November 9, 2017
New York City says testing waiver sought by state could lower standards for students with disabilities
The state asked federal approval to give certain students with disabilities tests matched to their instructional level, rather than their age.
November 8, 2017
The 2017 election results and what they mean for schools
The Big Story Yesterday was election day. And that means a number of races that will have a big impact on schools.
November 7, 2017
No, there’s no reason to think DeVos is planning to resign, contrary to viral news stories
Betsy DeVos haters can rejoice it seems: The secretary is planning to resign from Trump’s cabinet, according to a much-shared Salon story. But it’s not true.
races to run schools
November 3, 2017
Education is on the ballot in 2017 — here’s what to watch for and why it matters
Education is on the ballot on Tuesday. It’s an off-year election, but that means school board and mayoral contests are especially likely to be on the ballot.
on the schedule
October 26, 2017
In her first months as education secretary, Betsy DeVos met with lawmakers, pollsters, and Peter Thiel
Some of the meetings reveal more about how DeVos is trying to push her school-choice agenda.
Ending the churn
October 19, 2017
A splintered system and lack of teachers have created instability for Detroit schools. Now, leaders are craving solutions.
Liberal school choice laws, a decentralized school system and a shrinking pool of available teachers have so destabilized the teacher labor force that many school leaders say they’re constantly looking for new educators to hire
October 17, 2017
Independent charter schools look to raise their profile, apart from networks and Betsy DeVos
At a symposium last week number of independent charter school leaders agreed to launch a new national organization.
October 16, 2017
To promote virtual schools, Betsy DeVos cites a graduate who’s far from the norm
Just days after Politico published a scathing story about virtual charters' track record in Pennsylvania, DeVos was touting their successes.
Week In Review
September 29, 2017
Week in review: As ‘count day’ nears, the scramble is on to lure students and teachers
The scorching temperatures that shut many schools down early in Detroit and across the state this week have finally broken, but in other ways, the heat is still very much on.
September 28, 2017
Denver-based University Prep charter school network wins federal grant, opening expansion possibilities
The grant leaves open the possibility that the charter operator could expand to communities beyond Denver.
September 28, 2017
Six things you should know about Betsy DeVos’s tense trip to Harvard
DeVos faced tough questions, as well as a few softballs, at Harvard on Thursday night.
September 27, 2017
Florida’s tax credit voucher program helps get students to — but not necessarily through — college, study finds
Students in the country’s largest private school choice program were more likely to attend college than similar students who remained in public school
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