Billionaire-backed Turning Point USA targets democratically elected school boards for teaching true U.S. history

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Billionaire-backed Turning Point USA targets democratically elected school boards for teaching true U.S. history. Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a billionaire- and oil and gas industry-backed nonprofit that advocates for conservative values on high school, college, and universities campuses, has developed a “school board watchlist” to target “toxic, socialist, America-hating lies of the radical left.” What are the lies? Teaching about the true U.S. history and trying to keep kids and teachers safe during the pandemic. The Progressive Pulse

Sale of national charter school chain to net windfall. The Network for Public Education’s Carol Burris takes a look at the planned sale of most of National Heritage Academies’ charter schools and who will wind up making loads of money from public funding. The Washington Post

Los Angeles is flirting with disaster. Education writer Peter Greene explains Los Angeles’s public school district’s proposed new funding scheme, which is inspired by private vouchers: “rather than funding buildings and programs, the district slices its money into student-sized pieces that then follow each individual student to whatever school that student chooses to attend.” Forbes

More on LAUSD’s proposed funding scheme. “The plan has its origins with Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s secretary of education, and could drastically affect L.A. school budgets.” Capital and Main

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Sign this petition if you’re in Los Angeles—or know someone who is—to help stop what amounts to a private voucher scheme, à la Betsy DeVos. We Are Public Schools

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