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National education and labor news | December 6, 2018 >>

Voters in Arizona overwhelmingly defeated a ballot proposition on Nov. 6 that would have greatly expanded the state’s school voucher program. 

National education and labor news | December 6, 2018 >>

Parents in Arizona fraudulently spent $700,000 of public money intended to help fund their children’s education during the 2018 fiscal year, according to a report by the state’s attorney general. 

News stories | September 6, 2018 >>

The UFT in July squashed an attempt by about 120 religious schools in New York City to remove 239 members of the union's Nonpublic Schools Chapter who work in the schools and replace them with cheaper, less qualified third-party vendors. But the city DOE, the local education agency that decides how the money is spent, decided not to eliminate or reduce the number of DOE employees in those jobs for at least another year.

National education and labor news | June 7, 2018 >>

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denounced state constitutional amendments preventing public funds from being spent on private religious schools in a May 16 speech to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation in New York City. These amendments are on the books in 37 states, including New York and DeVos’ home state of Michigan.

National education and labor news | March 1, 2018 >>

Billionaire Charles Koch and his allies are pouring money into a massive campaign to transform education in the United States from a fundamental right to a commodity.

National education and labor news | March 1, 2018 >>

Puerto Rico’s governor announced on Feb. 5 that he will pursue school privatization policies as the island continues to suffer from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

National education and labor news | December 7, 2017 >>

The school voucher program in Colorado’s Douglas County is on thin ice after voters on Nov. 7 ushered in an anti-voucher slate of candidates by huge margins.

Education nation | December 7, 2017 >>

David and Charles Koch’s Americans for Prosperity promotes privatization, charter schools, vouchers and free markets. But the Libre Initiative is theirs as well, the latest effort to build support for their ideas and influence policy, this time by targeting Latino families.

Research shows | June 1, 2017 >>

Students in the nation’s only federally funded school voucher program perform worse on standardized math and reading tests when compared with their public school peers, a new rigorous study from the U.S. Education Department has found.

Editorials | June 1, 2017 >>

House Speaker Paul Ryan — fresh from celebrating passage of a health care bill in the House that would leave 24 million people uninsured and give a generous tax cut to billionaires — headed to Success Academy I in Harlem on May 9 for a personal guided tour led by Eva Moskowitz.

National education and labor news | May 4, 2017 >>

Arizona has enacted a law allowing all public school students in the state to receive public funding to attend private and parochial schools.

President's perspective | April 6, 2017 >>

In the president’s budget blueprint, we see this is a zero-sum game with clear winners and losers. The score can be tallied in dollars awarded and dollars taken away.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day — love for public schools, that is. In the face of the threat to public education posed by the Trump administration and its new education secretary Betsy DeVos, educators, students and parents across the city demonstrated why they love their public schools.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

Betsy DeVos was narrowly approved as education secretary by the Senate following a bruising confirmation process and a deafening public outcry over her nomination.

Education nation | March 2, 2017 >>

Does Indiana’s school voucher program, one of the country’s largest and most rapidly expanding programs, offer a glimpse into the future of education during the Trump administration?

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

Here’s a Q&A to give you the information you’ll need to know when Trump makes his move.

News stories | February 2, 2017 >>

Now 85 percent of the state’s charters are run by for-profit companies, and there is still no constraint on who gets to sell education in Detroit. It’s a Wild West of unfettered choices that don’t educate kids.

News stories | February 2, 2017 >>

More than 1,200 New York City schools would lose vital federal funding should President-elect Donald Trump follow through on his campaign promise to launch a national private-school voucher plan, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned.

News stories | February 2, 2017 >>

Wytrice Harris, a parent of two Detroit Public School students, saw firsthand the havoc that Bety DeVos' "school choice" agenda wreaked on schools.

News stories | February 2, 2017 >>

In a contentious confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary, made clear that she would use her position to promote private and charter schools at the expense of public schools.

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