NPE in the News

March 31, 2024

New Report Gives Pennsylvania a C Grade for Its Support of Public Schools

The report is “Public School in America: Measuring Each State’s Commitment to Democratically Governed Schools,” published by the Network for Public Education. NPE is an advocacy group the works to preserve, promote, improve and strengthen the nation’s public schools. NPE was founded in 2013 by education historian and scholar Diane Ravitch and public school teacher Anthony Cody; its executive director is Carol Burris, an award winning principal from New York State. 

March 31, 2024

NE lawmakers work to circumvent private-school referendum vote

Carol Burris, executive director of the nonprofit Network for Public Education, which has tracked the impact of publicly funded private-school scholarship and voucher programs for years, said it's likely state Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, R-Elkhorn, introduced LB 1402 because she knows the history of this type of referendum. "When they've actually gone to the point where there has been a referendum, every single time, vouchers have gone down," she said. "Every time they've gone up to a ballot, they've been rejected."

March 31, 2024

Lawmakers remain divided over charters during House hearing

Between 1999 and 2017, over a quarter of schools closed during their first five years of operation, and 40% had closed by the 10-year mark, according to a 2020 study by the Network for Public Education, a public education advocacy group.

March 1, 2024

Report: North Dakota Number One In Nation For Public Education Support

Today the Network for Public Education released a new report, “Public School in America: Measuring Each State’s Commitment to Democratically Governed Schools.” The report seeks to measure the extent of privatization in each state “and whether charter and voucher laws promote or discourage equity, responsibility, transparency, and accountability.”

February 16, 2024

Diane Ravitch: a serious scholar for our voucher debate

Her 2010 book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, became a bestseller; it details her shift away from conservative policies and her embrace of our societal commitment to public schools. 

December 13, 2023

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.