Is the pandemic boosting charter school enrollment?

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Is the pandemic boosting charter school enrollment? Journalist Sarah Lahm explores whether the pandemic’s impact on public school enrollment will play into the hands of the charter school industry.

“Even if their intentions are personal rather than political, by keeping their children out of public school this year, parents with the means to do so are also fulfilling a longstanding dream of politicians on both the right and the left, where families are able to pick from a full menu of school choice options rather than simply attend their local public school.” LA Progressive

Now the rest of the news…

Kentucky moves closer to more privatization. After years of attempts to push private school tuition tax breaks, Kentucky Republican state legislators—whose supermajority grew in November—have introduced a proposal for Education Opportunity Accounts, an expanded version of scholarship tax credits. WTVQ

“Neoliberals determined to commodify more students.” Professor of education Shawgi Tell documents the state of the online charter school industry, including a list of the “top players.” Dissident Voice

Looking back at #EdJustice wins in 2020. As Trump leaves office, it’s a good time to reflect on education policy wins from 2020 that give us hope (and a way forward) in the years to come. Schott Foundation has pulled together eight policy victories to carry with us as inspiration for the struggles ahead. Schott Foundation

And finally, an opportunity to connect…

Teacher unions and social justice. On Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 7pm ET, join Teacher Unions and Social Justiceco-editors Jesse Hagopian, Michael Charney, and Bob Peterson along with contributors Michelle Gunderson and Arlene Inouye for the launch of a new Rethinking Schools book on the promise of social justice teacher unionism. Rethinking Schools

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