- The venerable civil rights lobby has come under attack for its critique of the charter school industry.
- The charter school movement is no fan of satire.
- Part 1: 10 Reasons Why the NAACP Is Absolutely Right About a National Moratorium on Charter Schools
- Part 2: John Oliver Slams Charter Schools and His Critics Totally Miss the Point
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Part 1: 10 Reasons Why the NAACP Is Absolutely Right About a National Moratorium on Charter Schools
The venerable civil rights lobby has come under attack for its critique of the charter school industry.
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
August 29, 2016 | As the 2016-2017 school year begins, champions of privatizing traditional public schools appear to be launching a new round of political and media campaigns to defend charter schools, despite growing criticism of their academics, business models and calls for a charter moratorium.
The latest media volleys from the pro-charter establishment are typified by a recent editorial at the Washington Post, which slammed a proposed resolution now before the NAACP — and one passed by Black Lives Matter organizers — that says the privately run takeover of traditional K-12 schools should be halted nationally until its negative impacts are reversed. As is often the case with pro-charter forces, the argument framed by the Post’s editorial writers is cast as doing what’s best for the children, in this case non-white kids from poor cities. “The thought of denying school choice to these families — something that middle- and upper-class parents blithely take for granted — is simply maddening,” fumes the Post.
Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).
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Part 2: John Oliver Slams Charter Schools and His Critics Totally Miss the Point
The charter school movement is no fan of satire.
Jeff Bryant, Blog for Our Future / AlterNet
August 25, 2016 | Sometimes it takes a funnyman to make sense.
Earlier this week, British comedian John Oliver devoted a “Back to School” segment on his HBO program “Last Week Tonight” to examining the rapidly growing charter school industry and what these schools are doing with our tax dollars.
The Washington Post’s education blogger Valerie Strauss watched the segment and reports that while Oliver declined to address whether or not charters provide high quality education, he focused mostly on how often these schools are “terribly – and sometimes criminally – operated.” (You can see Oliver’s entire sketch here.)
Jeff Bryant is director of the Education Opportunity Network, a partnership effort of the Institute for America's Future and the Opportunity to Learn Campaign. He has written extensively about public education policy.
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