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How charter schools enable segregation on steroids. A working paper from Columbia University’s National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education raises concerns about charter schools contributing to segregation. The paper highlights white students leaving traditional, neighborhood public schools to charter schools in North Carolina. Columbia University
Astroturfing in California. Capital & Main documents opposition to California’s Prop 15, the Schools and Communities First initiative, a November ballot measure that could change the corporate and commercial property tax assessment structure. Opponents claim to represent small shopkeepers and homeowners but include North America’s largest freight railroad network, two New York real estate giants, and one of world’s richest people. Capital & Main
Car caravan protest in Los Angeles. The Demand Safe Schools Coalition is holding a car caravan near Los Angeles International Airport to suppor Prop 15 and demand that oil and gas giant Chevron stop fighting efforts to raise funding for schools and communities. Join on September 30 at 4pm PT. Demand Safe Schools Coalition
7 billionaires. Thomas Ultican documents the seven billionaires pouring money into pro-charter school candidates for Los Angeles school races and the California legislature. OB Rag
Diane Ravitch with Steve Suitts. Watch Diane Ravitch’s discussion with Steve Suitts, adjunct professor at Emory University and author of Overturning Brown: The Segregationist Legacy of the Modern School Choice Movement. Network for Public Education
Webinar on private school vouchers. On October 6 at 3pm ET, Public Funds Public Schools will host the fifth installment in a series of webinars on private school vouchers, this time featuring Derek Black discussing his newest book, Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy. Public Funds Public Schools
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