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Montana Board of Public Ed takes up new charter schools, including one with for-profit company

January 29, 2024 2:28 pm Published by Comments Off on Montana Board of Public Ed takes up new charter schools, including one with for-profit company

Research by the Network for Public Education, which argues for-profit entities use online charters to “prey on the most vulnerable students,” indicates learning outcomes are poor compared to charters run by districts. The Network has a mission to strengthen public schools.


Grassroots Education Network- December 2023 Newsletter

January 3, 2024 11:41 am Published by Comments Off on Grassroots Education Network- December 2023 Newsletter

The NPE Grassroots Education Network is a nationwide network of over 195 grassroots organizations that have joined together to preserve, promote, improve, and strengthen our public schools.


How did this charter school get a nearly $2 million federal grant?

December 13, 2023 5:50 pm Published by Comments Off on How did this charter school get a nearly $2 million federal grant?

But the prize for the most inventive story to secure a CSP grant may belong to the Cincinnati Classical Academy (CCA), a Hillsdale College member school, for securing a nearly $2 million grant. CCA, which prides itself on teaching virtue, asked for the grant on the basis of its claim that it was closing the achievement gap and serving disadvantaged students, never reporting that only 16 percent of its students are economically disadvantaged and that 2 percent are Black — a starkly different student body from the overwhelmingly disadvantaged and majority-Black Cincinnati Public School students, who, CCA says, it wants to save from poverty.


Feds ignored ‘obvious red flags’ with $2M grant to Cincinnati charter school, letter says

December 13, 2023 5:42 pm Published by Comments Off on Feds ignored ‘obvious red flags’ with $2M grant to Cincinnati charter school, letter says

The school, Cincinnati Classical Academy, provided inflated test scores in its application for the money and pretended to be much more diverse than it is, state lawmakers said in a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.


Hillsdale’s Got Trouble in Ohio

December 13, 2023 5:38 pm Published by Comments Off on Hillsdale’s Got Trouble in Ohio

CCA “borrowed” the demographics from Cincinnati Public Schools in weaving a tale of serving low-income and minority students. As a result of their promise to serve underserved students, the school was awarded nearly $2 million in federal education funding.


The $27.1 million clash between education reform and public school advocates

November 29, 2023 4:54 pm Published by Comments Off on The $27.1 million clash between education reform and public school advocates

Carol Burris, the executive director of the Network for Public Education Foundation, said public education advocates have a larger and more established base, but with each passing year they’re being outspent by well-funded charter school groups.


Education unions, universities launch fight for freedoms campaign

November 29, 2023 4:50 pm Published by Comments Off on Education unions, universities launch fight for freedoms campaign

In a joint statement at the annual Network for Public Education conference in D.C., the NEA and the AFT–which together have more than four million members–the American Association of University Professors, the network itself, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities all blasted the right-wing assault on teachers, schools and students.