It’s a bit of twisted logic for charter advocates to turn their back on President Trump’s support for charter school in order to ingratiate themselves with anti-charter foes.
“It would be much more valuable for me, frankly, if [the president] just said he hates charter schools,” said Caprice Young, chief executive officer and superintendent of the Magnolia network of charter schools. “The fact that Trump supports charter schools gives the opposition… an opportunity to equate charter schools with the things that Trump cares about, that most Californians are opposed to.”
Source: Trump Backs California Charter Schools, But the Feeling Isn’t Mutual | The California Report | KQED News
We know that far too many black children are sitting in classrooms where they are not learning. We know their schools have fewer resources. We know their teachers, on average, are less qualified. We know expectations for these children are set lower than the expectations for students in more affluent suburban schools.
Source: School choice will lift up black community
The vision of “education reform” coming from the Trump administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos entails cutting direct aid to students, especially those from low-income families, in order to expand the private sector’s financial footprint in education.
Source: Trump’s Education Budget Feeds School Privatization At The Expense of Students | By Jeff Bryant | Common Dreams
Supporters of charter schools appeared to win control of the Los Angeles school board Tuesday, a watershed moment with huge implications for how students are taught in America’s second-largest school district.The charter school movement has long been a major force in Los Angeles school circles. But the victory Tuesday night by pro-charter forces — who dramatically outspent rivals in what was the most expensive election in school board history — gives them the opportunity to reshape the district.
Source: Major changes could come to L.A. schools after charter school movement’s big win – LA Times
Opposition to charter schools is to the left what climate change denial is to the right, a fortress of unreason that shields ideology from contrary evidence. Everywhere, including in Massachusetts, home to some of the nation’s best charters, anti-charter zealots always, always have a “yes, but –” response for every study suggesting disadvantaged students benefit from these schools.
Source: Open Schools, Closed Minds: The Progressive Bias Against Charter Schools | Cognoscenti
While 55 percent of those surveyed say parents in their communities had enough school options, roughly 4 in 10 feel “the country in general would benefit from more choice,” The AP reported. Asked about the expansion of public charter schools, 47 percent said they were in favor of more charters and 30 percent said they felt neutral about it. Twenty-three percent, meanwhile, expressed opposition.
Source: New AP Poll Shows Majority of Americans Open to Expanding Nation’s Charter Schools | The 74
A new study on school funding finds that a gap persists between per-pupil funding for charter and traditional public schools. However, it also points to ways in which funders can help address that gap.
Source: What a New Report Says About Charter School Funding — Inside Philanthropy