Categories & Tags: charter schools

New Orleans Katrina Pain Index at 10: Who was left behind   |   July 20, 2015
By Bill Quigley When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the nation saw tens of thousands of people left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like...

 

Loophole in N.C. election law delayed disclosure of $7 million in outside spending   |   May 27, 2015
By Alex Kotch A measure that may come before the North Carolina legislature this session could bring to light millions of dollars in political spending that is now often disclosed...

 

VOICES: Under Republican 'grass-eater rule' in Mississippi   |   May 18, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – Three-time Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, a betting man who loved the horses, knew his maneuverings to get a fourth term in 1960 were a...

 

Pro-privatization money behind bills to boost N.C. charter schools   |   May 15, 2015
Charter schools have experienced rapid growth in North Carolina in recent years after state lawmakers lifted a cap limiting their numbers. Now the General Assembly is considering...

 

Deep-pocketed network pushes to expand vouchers in North Carolina   |   April 16, 2015
In a few months, North Carolina’s $10 million private school voucher program could quadruple in size, according to Wake County GOP Rep. Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore of the...

 

Charter school chain finally discloses salaries -- with one missing   |   November 20, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica Last week, it appeared that a North Carolina charter school chain had finally put an end to more than a month of wrangling with state regulators when it...

 

North Carolina tells charter-school chain it can't keep administrator salaries secret   |   November 7, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica The North Carolina State Board of Education has issued a warning to a charter-school chain for failing to comply with an agency order to disclose the...

 

Is justice near for New Orleans teachers wrongly fired after Katrina?   |   August 27, 2014
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education saw the disaster as an opportunity to...

 

Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans still be New Orleans?   |   April 10, 2014
By Maureen O'Hagan, Equal Voice News NEW ORLEANS ­-- When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant...

 

The tricky business of measuring progress eight years after Hurricane Katrina   |   August 29, 2013
Define "progress." For those in government, it typically means economic growth and improvements in quality of life that boost confidence among wealthy investors....

 

Mississippi charter school supporters fought against public education for years   |   February 19, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Mississippi state Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, a longtime champion of public education, said the current debate on charter schools in the state legislature...

 

In North Carolina, full speed in reverse   |   January 30, 2013
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch The 2013 session of the North Carolina General Assembly gets underway in earnest today and if the statements and signals from Governor McCrory,...

 

In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?   |   January 25, 2013
North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new...

 

Preaching Koch Brothers gospel on public education   |   September 17, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Barack Obama, then still a U.S. senator from Illinois, said this back in 2006 about teachers, unions and education: "If we're serious about...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: New Orleans' recovery seven years after Katrina   |   August 29, 2012
Number of breaches that occurred in New Orleans' federally built levee system following Hurricane Katrina, which struck the U.S. Gulf Coast seven years ago today: 53 Percent...

 

Vouchers no quick fix for disabled students in Louisiana   |   August 22, 2012
By Zoe Sullivan, New America Media Last April, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a new voucher program considered to be the most sweeping in the country. For years,...

 

Lacking contracts, New Orleans teachers use old-school tactics   |   August 8, 2012
By Theresa Moran, Labor Notes Just months after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans fired all 7,500 of its teachers. After a seven-year legal battle, the teachers union won...

 

Why the racist history of the charter school movement is never discussed   |   March 16, 2012
By Christopher Bonastia, AlterNet As a parent I find it easy to understand the appeal of charter schools, especially for parents and students who feel that traditional public...