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Virtual Charter School Is An Epic Failure
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Virtual Charter School Is An Epic Failure

BY JOHN THOMPSON Even many of the staunchest pro-charter corporate reformers are criticizing virtual charters for their poor outcomes and draining resources from public schools. For instance, Todd Ziebarth of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, criticizes the high rates of “churn” they contribute to, their low graduation rates, and low levels of student…

Button, Button
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Button, Button

BY DAVID PERRYMAN What do Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Men, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, David Bowie in Labrynth, and Walt Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderlandall have in common? They all contain a reference to the age-old children’s game, “Button, Button, who’s got the Button? Over the past 150 years, very few of…

SQ 801: Boon Or Boondoggle?
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SQ 801: Boon Or Boondoggle?

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Every so often an idea comes along that has just enough plausibility to garner support. Between 2009 and 2015, amid great fanfare, Bill and Melinda Gates pumped $215 million of their foundation’s money into a program that pulled $360 million from public school budgets in Florida, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. The goal was…

Does Diversity Really Make Us Stronger?
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Does Diversity Really Make Us Stronger?

BY DAVID PERRYMAN We are often told that diversity makes us stronger. Tom Perez, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, said, “Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one.” But are…

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