Congressman confronts Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about charter school failures

Cashing in on Kids is In the Public Interest‘s pick of recent news about the privatization of public education.

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“You should resign.” In a fiery back and forth, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) stumped Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on the percentage of charter schools that are failing nationwide. Twitter

Betsy Devos’s voucher boondoggle. Andrea Gabor, the Bloomberg chair of business journalism at Baruch College of the City University of New York, writes, “Vouchers are a giveaway for families who can afford to pay the difference between the value of a voucher and the cost of tuition at the most expensive (and best) private institutions.” Bloomberg

Another one bites the dust in Phoenix. A third administrator at a shuttered charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, has pleaded guilty in a fake enrollment scheme that bilked the state out more than $2 million. KTAR

LA school board race spending on track for record. Bill Raden on Los Angeles’s upcoming school board race: “A flood of outside privatization money has put March 3’s Super Tuesday election on target to smash LAUSD’s 2017 record as the nation’s priciest school board primary ever.” Capital and Main | More on the race from LAist

Therapy. Gardening. Housing assistance. There’s a bright future for public schools. For the past four years, Rand Corp. has studied New York City’s innovative Community Schools Initiative. It found that, in 113 public schools using the “community school” model, attendance improved, graduation rates increased, and more students passed courses and advanced grades on time. In the Public Interest