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  • Congress would hurt states, schools and students by unilaterally scrapping Every Student Succeeds Act regulations.
  • Related: Who Controls Our Schools?

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/educationaldecline.jpg March 6, 2017 | Last week, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced a resolution to rescind regulations implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. While this action is not surprising when Congress and the Trump administration have already scrapped key protections for consumers and the environment, it is a terrible way to govern. Worse, it would cause real harm to states and districts trying to move forward under the law – and most importantly to the 50 million students in our nation's public schools.

When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015, it was obvious to anyone who read the law that regulations were necessary to provide additional clarity to states on how to comply with the law. The hundreds of pages of legislative text, disjointed descriptions of requirements and lack of specificity around key terms did not lend themselves to easy, straightforward interpretation.

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Scott Sargrad: Contributor, US News 

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Who Controls Our Schools? Don Hazen, Elizabeth Hines, Steven Rosenfeld, Stan Salett, AlterNet

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  • How Billionaire-Sponsored Privatization Is Destroying Democracy and Enriching the Charter School Industry
  • A report/ebook on the corporate takeover of K-12 schools.

 

Insane Betsy DeVos Press Release Celebrates Jim Crow Education System as Pioneer of “School Choice”

It sounds like a seventh-grader wrote this, which is perhaps what happens when you put someone who has never really had a real job in charge of the Department of Education.

Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate

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First of all, it sounds like a seventh-grader wrote this, which is perhaps what happens when you put someone who has never really had a real job in charge of the Department of Education. Second, this official 2017 federal government press release celebrates legal segregation (!!!) on the grounds that the Jim Crow education system gave black students "more options," as if there was a robust competition between HBCUs and white universities for their patronage. (When black Mississippian James Meredith chose the "option" of enrolling at the University of Mississippi in 1962, a massive white mob formed on the campus; two people were shot to death and hundreds injured in the ensuing battle/riot, during which federal marshals came under heavy gunfire, requiring the ultimate intervention of 20,000 U.S. soldiers and thousands more National Guardsmen.)

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. 

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Who Controls Our Schools?

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  • How Billionaire-Sponsored Privatization Is Destroying Democracy and Enriching the Charter School Industry
  • A report/ebook on the corporate takeover of K-12 schools.

Don Hazen, Elizabeth Hines, Steven Rosenfeld, Stan Salett, AlterNet

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpg AlterNet Editor's note: AlterNet has covered the school privatization story in great detail. Over time, we became alarmed at what we were seeing. The Independent Media Institute, AlterNet’s parent organization, has published an ebook, Who Controls Our Schools? The Privatization of American Public Education, the full text of which you can access for free online with this link. What follows is a summary of its findings and recommendations.

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/rotten_apple-620x412.jpg?itok=E6_lUiIG (Credit: aimy27feb, bogdan ionescu via Shutterstock/Salon)  October 26, 2016 | The Problem

America’s public schools, which over the 20th century came to embrace the promise of equal opportunity for all children, are at a historic crossroad. Once the heart of our democracy and a bastion of local accountability, our K-12 schools now bear the scars of a nearly 25-year assault from a cadre of very wealthy ideological reformers who seek to privately run them using taxpayers' funds. Their most popular tool to dismantle this public good? Charter public schools, especially those run by corporate franchises, which now educate millions of students.

The growth of charter schools nationwide (whose numbers have increased exponentially since 2000) would not have occurred without a handful of heirs to the world’s largest family fortunes and other billionaires directing their tax-exempt foundations using their wealth to remake public schools in a corporate image. Critics have called it a virtual conspiracy while charter school promoters see themselves as K-12 education’s saviors. Either way, the result has been the creation of a little-understood, parallel, privatized system within the public school system.

Don Hazenn is the executive editor of AlterNet.

Elizabeth Hines is AlterNet's education editor and the co-author of Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire.

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's democracy and voting rights. He is the author of several books on elections and the co-author of Who Controls Our Schools: How Billionaire-Sponsored Privatization Is Destroying Democracy and the Charter School Industry (AlterNet eBook, 2016).

Stan Salett is a former public school teacher, elected school board member, organizer of public school parents and engaged citizens, and assistant commissioner of a state education agency. He is one of the creators of Head Start and Upward Bound and is the author of The Edge of Politics: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement, the War on Poverty and the Challenges of School Reform.

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When the NRA Calls the Shots: Inside the 'Reasonable Killing' of a 13-Year-Old Boy

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  • Martinez Smith-Payne, 13, was shot and killed on November 29th, 2015 in the North Pointe neighborhood of St. Louis when he and two other boys were discovered looking for coins in a parked car. Photo illustration of Martinez Smith-Payne
  • Here's what justice looks like when "stand your ground" is the law of the land.

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http://img.wennermedia.com/620-width/st-louis-we-must-stop-killing-each-other-11055269-8fcc-4553-82c6-1a9d97a9d4e4.jpg December 28, 2016 | News cameras filmed Martinez Smith-Payne as he lay recovering in a bed at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He was 10 years old, and had discovered a firework in a barren field in the northern part of the city. After he lit the fuse, it exploded in his left hand, blowing off all of his fingers except the thumb. When he later appeared on television, his destroyed hand was wrapped in a ball of gauze, and his eyes were covered with a mask, partially concealing his delicate face. Martinez was a small, frightened boy, but for his mother, Frances Smith-Woods, he made a show of bravery. "He was telling me it's OK," she said at the time. "I guess he didn't know the severity of it."

Three years later, on November 28th, 2015, Martinez and two of his friends — Ernest Williams, 14, and another boy, who was 11 — climbed onto their bicycles and set off under a full moon from the St. Louis neighborhood of Walnut Park East, one of the most dangerous areas of a city with the highest homicide rate in the United States. Martinez, Ernest's little cousin, was then 13. He had small ears and sharp cheekbones. He liked Hot Wheels cars, Nick Cannon and The Polar Bear Express. He weighed 89 pounds. His earlier accident had not raised his threshold for pain. When he received shots at the doctor, multiple family members had to hold him down.

Mike Spies: Staff Writer, Muck Rack. As seen in: Rolling Stone, New York Daily News, Vice, Vocativ, The Trace.

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Restoring the Promise of Public Education

  • In 1970, Dr. Virgil Belue made a decision that would lead to true racial integration in both the schools and the community of one Deep South city. Today, with schools across the country as segregated as they were half a century ago, his success has something to teach us all.
  • The Case of Clinton, Mississippi

Danielle Elliot, the Atlantic

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January, 2017 | July 28, 1970, is a date that Virgil Belue will never forget. That morning he defended his doctoral dissertation, and that afternoon he started the job that would become his legacy to generations of students and to his native state of Mississippi.

On that day, Belue became the first superintendent of the schools in Clinton, Mississippi, a district that did not exist until a few weeks before. In 1954, with the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court had declared the segregation of schools in the South to be unconstitutional. Sixteen years later, Mississippi was still in court, and it remains so today, with 44 desegregation cases still active. The fact that no one is suing Clinton can be traced to decisions that Belue began making that summer day 46 years ago, sitting alone in a nurse’s office in a district that had as yet no office for him, no budget, no school buses, no maintenance equipment, and just four weeks before students would report to school.

Danielle Elliot is a writer and multimedia producer based in New York.

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