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On Trump’s nomination for education secretary

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We check some facts about the nomination of Betsy DeVos as US secretary of education. We find her lacking in qualification for the job.

A plea against charters rises from Bethlehem

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When charter schools and other private corporations or churches take money away from public schools, bad things can happen and often do.

Trump to nominate Betsy DeVos for ed. sec.

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Donald Trump today named Betsy DeVos, an advocate for private school voucher programs, as his choice for Secretary of Education.

Trump picks a national security adviser

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Donald Trump's pick for national security adviser should be opposed, even though opposition by Republicans is unlikely.

Mass., Ga. reject school privatization efforts

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Voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly rejected a ballot question, backed by the governor, that would have raised the cap on charter schools.

Game theory says we overuse common resources

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Scores have been released, and we're churning over the data right now. But be careful how you use test scores in school operations.

NLRB rules charter schools aren’t public schools

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Two charter schools, one in NY, one in Pa., should be treated as private corporations under federal labor laws.

Comedian John Oliver says charters are corrupt

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Charter schools were the butt of jokes by comedian John Oliver. Much of his criticism is well earned, as charters are barely accountable.

Turkish coup attempt & alleged ties to US charters

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The failed coup attempt in Turkey has been blamed on a cleric tied to charter schools in the US, who denies any involvement.

Va. bill could create charter school commission

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Virginia looks to amend its constitution, providing for a state-appointed board that could overrule local boards of ed & force charter school creation.