Betsy DeVos, shaking hands at a school choice rally shortly before she became education secretary in 2017.
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The cycle of overpromising and disappointment has left donors, politicians and policymakers of all stripes looking to improve K-12 public schooling with an underwhelming track record.
First lady Melania Trump, Queen Rania of Jordan and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talk with students at the Excel Academy Public Charter School last April. Principal Dana Bogle, on left.
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos once called Excel Academy Public Charter School a 'shining example.' A Vanderbilt scholar explains why that description was woefully off target.
Cuts to the 2018 federal education budget jeopardize access for students from low-income families.
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Many of the programs being cut in the Trump-DeVos education budget serve low-income families -- families that aren't likely to benefit from the budget's reallocation of funds toward school choice.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump participate in a round-table discussion during a visit to Saint Andrew Catholic School in Miami.
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The Trump administration's new education budget cuts money from traditional schools and funnels it toward school choice. Is it a nail in the coffin for public education?
Africa’s public schools have problems, but charter schools and academies can’t fix everything.
There are huge challenges in South Africa's public schools. The question is whether using public-private partnerships is the correct way to address them.
Vouchers give parents more choice over schools.
There is no evidence to suggest that vouchers are simpler, fairer and more transparent than current funding models.
Enron stands as one of the most infamous examples of corporate fraud in history. Lack of regulation in the charter school sector is leaving some schools open to the same type of fraud.
Enron stands as one of the most infamous scandals in business history. With a growing charter school sector and lax regulation, the same kind of corruption and fraud is rearing its ugly head.
Rural schools are an often overlooked part of the public education system.
Nationwide, 16 percent of charter schools are rural. Yet, somehow these key players are often overlooked.
Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Confirmed in a historic tie-breaking vote by Vice President Pence, Betsy DeVos will be the next secretary of education. Here's what you need to know about her past legislative actions and proposals.
Are single-sex schools better?
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Separating girls and boys takes away opportunities to learn from one another. It also encourages stereotyping and sexism.
Suzi Ailes, right, and Kris Smith study schoolwork for SusQ-Cyber Charter School in their home in Milton, Pennsylvania.
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What Betsy DeVos, an advocate of school-choice initiatives and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, as well as the rest of us need to know about cyber charter schools.
Fethullah Gülen in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, Sept. 24, 2013.
It may sound farfetched that a scholar living in Pennsylvania planned the overthrow of the Turkish government. But Turkey is demanding the U.S. extradite the Hizmet leader.
What’s the evidence on school choice programs?
Trump's billionaire nominee for secretary of education has stirred up debate about the effectiveness of school choice. What does the research say? And, who is Betsy DeVos?
Charter schools: here to stay?
Charters schools are here to stay. More than three million students are enrolled in 6,700 charter schools across 42 states.
Do school voucher programs help improve educational outcomes?
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A recent study on school vouchers shows that the program may be harming kids' academic achievement, at least in math. What's missing here? Are test scores the only way to judge a program?
The atmosphere in classrooms in Finland is more relaxed.
October 5 is World Teachers' Day. How about paying some attention to how teachers experience their work? Do teachers in Finland have more autonomy when compared to those in the US?
Introducing a new type of school will only make things worse for Australia’s already inequitable system.
Feeding yet more choice and competition into a system that has such distorted forms of both can only compound our problems.
Who has benefitted from New Orleans school reforms?
In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans implemented significant changes to its education system. But the reforms may have excluded a lot of parents from decision-making.
A large number of teachers leave the profession each year.
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With teachers leaving the profession in large numbers and a drop in candidates applying to teaching programs, it is time to take a fresh look at education reforms.
First Lady visits charter school in Washington DC.
Depending on who you ask, charter schools may be either an important solution to persistent educational inequality, or a misguided attack on public schools as Americans know them. Both sides are firmly…