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New York charter school chain Success Academy to pay $2.4 million in disability discrimination lawsuit. The New York City charter school chain Success Academy, which says it’s committed to children “from all backgrounds,” has been ordered to pay over $2.4 million in a case brought by families of five young Black students with learning and other disabilities.
The families sued after the children were pushed out of a Success Academy school in Brooklyn. As reported by the New York Times in 2015, Success Academy created a “Got to Go” list, which singled out the students they wanted to push out, including the five child plaintiffs. LawFuel
Now the rest of the news…
Chicago charter school admits its racist past. Chicago’s largest charter school chain, the Noble Charter Network, has sent a letter to alumni admitting that its past discipline and promotion policies were racist and apologizing for them. WBEZ
Mini Trump is trying to kill public education in Florida. New private school voucher bills in Florida are a “death knell” for public education, writes Kathleen Oropeza. The Progressive
But here’s some good news…
Biden stimulus is “first deposit toward a racial equity stimulus.” The Schott Foundation writes: “That such legislation has become law—that our federal government acted decisively with a bill targeted to aid low- and middle-income families—evokes equal parts inspiration and relief in its radical departure from previous trickle-down approaches that have increased inequality and racial injustice.” Schott Foundation for Public Education
Toolkit for opposing private school voucher programs. The National Coalition for Public Education has released a toolkit to “help legislators and pro-public school advocates oppose attempts to create or expand existing private school voucher programs, taking into account the legal landscape after the Supreme Court’s June 2020 decision, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.” National Coalition for Public Education