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A Note from Lily

She wants you to email Betsy DeVos: It looks like Betsy DeVos hasn’t learned anything about our nation’s public schools in her first few months as Education Secretary. Later today, she’s unveiling her plans to cut billions of dollars in public education funding while diverting taxpayer dollars from public schools to unaccountable private schools via […]

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Stop Cuts to Public Education

A message from Carol Burris and the Network for Public Education:   We need you to contact your U.S. representatives today. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her favored school choice policies have faced fierce criticism, but this hasn’t stopped De Vos and Trump from pushing school privatization. A copy of the White House’s preliminary […]

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A Job Anyone Can Do Isn’t Worth Very Much

Arizona is facing a teacher shortage and low pay is at least partly to blame. According to a recent report: Arizona’s elementary school teacher salaries rank “dead last” in the nation, when adjusted for cost of living, says (Dan) Hunting. High school teacher salaries come in at 48 out of 50 states, he says. Elementary school […]

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Tell Congress: Protect Our Public Schools

From Carol Burris at the Network for Public Education: Because Congress is on recess until April 25, this week presents the perfect opportunity to talk to your representatives about public education. Here is the best way to do that. Take a moment today or tomorrow to find their local office (find Senate info here and […]

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Voucher Advocate Loses Big in Wisconsin

A pro-voucher candidate was soundly rejected in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers sailed into a third term on Tuesday, easily defeating challenger Lowell Holtz to hang on to his post as the state’s top educator.  With most of the votes counted, Evers led […]

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Tell Congress: Stop Vouchers!

From Carol Burris and the Network for Public Education: Congress is now pushing the private “choice” agenda by extending the SOAR Reauthorization Act.  Reauthorization would fund and expand, with your federal tax dollars, the District of Columbia’s private school voucher program. It is time to shut this voucher program down. Send your email to your […]

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Trump’s Reverse Robin Hood on Education

From Carol Burris at the Network for Public Education: Trump’s budget would axe after-school programs known as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers which help school districts, churches and nonprofit groups serve more than 1.6 million American children, most of whom are poor. In defending the cuts to such programs, White House Office of Management […]

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Voucher Backers vs. Facts

As Tennessee lawmakers consider voucher bills again this year, it seems alternative facts are ruling the day. That is to say, facts simply don’t matter and are routinely dismissed in the name of achieving a goal that will most certainly be devastating for Tennessee schools and for students. Here are some thoughts from Tennessee Education […]

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In Defense of Public Education

Kansas State Representative Don Hineman offers his views on the latest attack on public education in that state. He’s standing strong against a voucher/subsidy program that would siphon up to $300 million a year from Kansas public schools. He writes:   Now a much greater threat to public education has been proposed as part of […]

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Vouchers in Tennessee

Some recent stories on school voucher legislation in Tennessee, which is on the House Floor Calendar for debate (and possible vote) Monday evening. TC Weber’s Voucher Party Pro-voucher groups are spending a ton  of $$ to get vouchers passed. What Tennessee Can Learn from Louisiana on Vouchers The Price is Right For more on education […]

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