Voucher Program Helps Well-Off Vermonters Pay for Prep School at Public Expense

by Annie Waldman  ProPublica, June 2, 2017, 8 a.m.

Regardless of their income, residents of small Vermont towns can use state vouchers to send their children to boarding schools and ski academies. Some school-choice advocates want to replicate the program nationwide.

via Voucher Program Helps Well-Off Vermonters Pay for Prep School at Public Expense – ProPublica

School Privatization State Report from Network for Public Education

NPE State Report Card 2017

The School Privatization State Report Card is a rating system designed to let the public know what school privatization programs exist in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, we rate the states and DC on the extent to which each state has laws and policies that further school privatization. To learn how we rated each state, go here.

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https://networkforpubliceducation.org/tomswisher/map.html

 

Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice

 May 17

Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.

The administration would channel part of the savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.

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The budget proposal calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to the department, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month. It is likely to meet resistance on Capitol Hill because of strong constituencies seeking to protect current funding, ideological opposition to vouchers and fierce criticism of DeVos, a longtime Republican donor who became a household name during a bruising Senate confirmation battle.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.b8fdd18058a0

 

Tennessee Balks at School Vouchers Despite Trump Support

By SHEILA BURKE and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Proponents of school vouchers hoped the national political mood could make this the year that Tennessee would enact a law allowing students to use public money to go to private schools.

They were wrong. And now they’re mad.

Donald Trump won big in the state and picked Betsy DeVos as his education secretary, one of the country’s most vocal champions of school choice. But big city school districts and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers beat back the latest attempts to enact voucher legislation this session.

Legislators couldn’t even enact a voucher pilot program limited to Shelby County, which includes Memphis.

The decision to put off the pilot program until at least next year incurred the wrath of the American Federation for Children, a school choice group DeVos once chaired. The group’s Tennessee political action committee has spent more than $1.5 million on direct mail, advertising and candidate contributions since 2012.

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https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/tennessee/articles/2017-05-13/tennessee-balks-at-school-vouchers-despite-trump-support

Analysis James Meredith: This is what Martin Luther King Jr. would tell school ‘reformers’ – The Answer Sheet

 

There cannot be a more qualified person to speak about Civil Rights than James Meredith.  Valerie Strauss describes the 83 year old’s history with Martin Luther King and subsequent life-long fight for civil rights.  His and William Doyle’s statement about education reform and choice is well worth reading.

By James Meredith with William Doyle

President Trump calls education the “civil rights issue of our time.”  But he is pursuing education policies that will increase segregation and inequality, dismantle public education in America, and imperil the future of our democracy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/04/28/james-meredith-this-is-what-martin-luther-king-jr-would-tell-school-reformers/?utm_term=.8feab63056b6&wpisrc=nl_answer&wpmm=1

13 Questions That Scare Charter School Advocates Communities need to know what they’re being sold.

By Alan Singer / The Huffington Post April 18, 2017

The Network for Public Education is challenging the Trump/DeVos anti-public school agenda. According to NPE, “DeVos and her allies have worked for decades pushing charters, vouchers and neo-vouchers such as education tax credits. DeVos even supports virtual charter schools that have a horrific track record when it comes to student success.”

This campaign picks up urgency as Arizona just passed legislation providing its entire student population with vouchers to attend private, for-profit, and religious schools. The law is modeled on Trump/DeVos proposals.

The public is often confused by the Trump/DeVos assault on public schools because they frame it as promoting “choice.” In response, The Network for Public Education prepared a thirteen-point question/answer toolkit to expose the lies and distortions of charter school, voucher, and tax credit advocates. The full toolkit is available online. This report excerpts key items from the toolkit.

Read the entire article at http://www.alternet.org/education/13-hard-questions-charter-schools-promoters-dont-want-taxpayers-ask?akid=15435.2623233.l7fEOh&rd=1&src=newsletter1075740&t=12

Organizing Against The Trump/DeVos Mis-Education Agenda

Alan Singer, Contributor   Huffington Post

Posted in Diane Ravitch’s Blog

“The Network for Public Education is leading the campaign challenging the Trump/DeVos anti-public school agenda. According to NPE “DeVos and her allies have worked for decades pushing charters, vouchers and neo-vouchers such as education tax credits. DeVos even supports virtual charter schools that have a horrific track record when it comes to student success.

This campaign picks up urgency as Arizona just passed legislation providing its entire student population with vouchers to attend private, for-profit, and religious schools. The law is modeled on Trump/DeVos proposals.

 

 

via Organizing Against The Trump/DeVos Mis-Education Agenda | The Huffington Post