This Week in Education Organizing - August 17, 2018

The Cost of Charter Schools

Last May, In the Public Interest (ITPI) released their new report, Breaking Point: The Cost of Charter Schools for Public School DistrictsThe report documents the damaging toll that charter school proliferation takes on public schools and students. Looking at three California school districts, the report finds that charters are draining tens of millions of dollars from California public school students.

This week, ITPI has launched a short documentary video to compliment the report. This powerful five-minute video features the voices of educators, administrators, students and parents, describing the impact of the charter financial drain on public schools.

Another critical resource from In the Public Interest is this Research Brief that identifies charter cost studies in a number of other school districts or states around the country. Check out and share all of these important resources! 

Public Schools in Puerto Rico Open, Amid Chaos

The new school year has begun in Puerto Rico, but the island’s education system is still suffering from the impacts of last year’s hurricane, as well as the impact of the Governor’s and the state superintendent of education’s attempts to privatize the territory’s public schools.

Over 260 schools on the island were closed over this summer, and students and parents are struggling to adjust to new locations and new schools. Hundreds of teachers remain unassigned, and dozens of school buildings sit waiting for needed repairs.


On Wednesday this week parents and students in New York City held a pro-public education, anti-privatization march in solidarity with educators in Puerto Rico. Educators on the island have also kept up a persistent protest against the policies of Secretary of Education Julia Keleher, who’s privatization policies mirror those of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Education Week covered the chaotic opening of schools this week: Clash of Visions as New School Year Opens in Storm- Bruised Puerto Rico. For the latest updates, follow the hashtag #JuliaGoHome.


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