Educator/Activist Julian Vasquez Heilig provides insight into what students, parents, and voters should keep in mind when evaluating the charter schools debate.
Issue Charter Schools
A small army of activists is contacting pro-public education voters, reminding them what’s at stake and to vote all the way down the ballot.
“Donald Trump has no understanding of what kids need to succeed in school or in life. He’s only concerned with his bottom line”: Becky Higgins, first-grade Ohio teacher
“Public schools should be about students and inspiring young minds—not profits.”
U.S. Sen. candidate Ted Strickland calls for a moratorium on for-profit charters.
Georgia teacher Melissa Ladd says the so-called “Opportunity School District” would destroy progress and effectively re-segregate schools.
Activist mom fights Mass. charter expansion after son traumatized at charter school
Guest writer Julian Vasquez Heilig: “Pence is a major supporter of charter schools and has worked to expand them in Indiana.”
The party’s platform stayed true to form when it comes to education. Using the euphemistic catch-all phrase of “school choice,” the document goes all in on schemes that divert scarce funding from public schools.
ID stories about failing charter schools highlight the need for more transparency and accountability.