A Los Angeles School Board Scandal Could Upend Plans By Charter Backers to Take Over Public Schools




Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income

A growing body of research debunks the idea that school quality is the main determinant of economic mobility.

“…differences in local labor markets—for example, how similar industries can vary across different communities—and marriage patterns, such as higher concentrations of single-parent households, seemed to make much more of a difference than school quality. He concludes that factors like higher minimum wages, the presence and strength of labor unions, and clear career pathways within local industries are likely to play more important roles in facilitating a poor child’s ability to rise up the economic ladder when they reach adulthood.



U.S. cracks down on debt collection of private student loans

“The U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Monday ordered National College Student Loan Trusts and its debt collector, Transworld Systems Inc, to pay at least $21.6 million for attempting to collect on possibly non-existent or out-of-date loans.”

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged that the companies sued borrowers without being able to prove the debt was owed or pursued collection on loans that were too old to sue over, and relied on false and misleading legal documents. The CFPB said the trusts had filed at least 486 lawsuits on debt where the statute of limitations for collections had expired.”



Workers say WEA union is unfair to workers

[S]taff workers are planning a strike against WEA union executives themselves.  Members of the WEA Staff Organization (WEASO) have been working without a contract, and are calling on union executives to provide them with basic respect and a fair contract.  If union executives do not meet their demands, WEASO says, the staff organization will go on strike against the union.



Interview with New York Success Academy Charter School Founder Eva Moskowitz

“The data in New York City shows that charter schools don’t harm district schools. In Central Harlem, where 51 percent of elementary school students now attend charters, the level of district school performance hasn’t declined. If you look collectively at district and charter-school performance, in 2006, Central Harlem was 28th out of New York City’s 32 school districts. Now it’s 14th.

The phenomenon of parents of means and social capital getting an advantage is in fact more pernicious in the district schools where, unlike charters, many schools screen their students or have admissions criteria or have very small zones with expensive expensive housing. In New York City, the idea that district schools advance equality is a myth.”

“I think it’s fairly unique to define the end goal of K-12 schooling as helping students become better thinkers, more creative thinkers, and to organize the whole school around creative and critical thinking. That’s not how most schools in America would describe their mission…”

“The most common thing that a parent will say to me is—and it makes me cry every time—before Success I had an older child, and I couldn’t save my older kid but I was able to save my younger child.