Why you might see the Proud Boys at your next public school board meeting

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The Proud Boys are coming for public schools. Journalist Jeff Bryant: “When violent insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to attempt to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, some of the rioters were members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group prone to street brawling and pro-Western, anti-Muslim, and misogynistic rhetoric. 

The insurrectionists were thwarted, but now extremist groups—including the Proud Boys—are aiming their threats and violence at a new target: public schools.” The Progressive

Enrollment jumps in charter schools. Carol Burris, former prizewinning principal and executive director of the Network for Public Education (NPE), takes a detailed look at increased charter school enrollment during the pandemic. The Washington Post

“School’s choice.” Top of Mind‘s Julie Rose talks to Kevin Welner, head of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) and co-author of “School’s Choice: How Charter Schools Control Access and Shape Enrollment,” about how “school choice” is really “school’s choice.” Top of Mind

Peter Greene adds more on “School’s Choice”: “In a new book, Kevin Welner and Wagma Mommandi lay out the ways that charter schools control access and shape enrollment.” Forbes

The corporate takeover of vocational education. The Have You Heard podcast dives into the corporate takeover of career and technical education (CTE), formerly known as vocational education. Have You Heard 

How we’re fighting back

The California Teachers Association (CTA) on community schools. “We’re reimagining schools,” says educator Ingrid Villeda. “It’s so much more than what happens in class.” As the community school coordinator at 93rd Street Academy in South Central Los Angeles, Villeda works with students and families to support and connect them with the resources they need to learn and thrive. California Teachers Association

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