The Answer Sheet: Privatization

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 07/17/2013

'Stand Your Ground' group pushes privatization of public education

The conservative group has written scores of model education laws used in a number of states.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ALEC, Privatization

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 06/21/2013

The 'neovoucher strategy' (and why it didn't work in New Hampshire)

If you write a law that violates your state constitution in a rather apparent way and that includes a severability clause, how grieved can you be when a court points out the violation?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:17 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Neovouchers, Privatization

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Why wealthy foreigners invest in U.S. charter schools

Do you think they do this out of a love of education and a deep desire to help American kids? Guess again.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools, Investing in Charter Schools, Privatization of Public Education

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/09/2013

Global education market reaches $4.4 trillion -- and is growing

Good news for those who see school reform as a way to make big bucks: A new report says that the global education market is now worth $4.4 trillion -- that's TRILLION -- and set to grow a lot over the next five years.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:25 AM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  But Are Schools Any Better?, Global Education Market, Privatization

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/06/2013

The secret e-mails about Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to Newark schools

A detail that got buried on the day that Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced he would not challenge Gov. Chris Christie next year was the bit of news that a judge had ordered the release of secret e-mails involving the Booker administration's dealings involving Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to city schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Privatization, School Reform, The Gritty Details

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Billionaires put big bucks in Louisiana school board races

Here is a new case study in our continuing look at how billionaires (and millionaires) are throwing around their money to drive education reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:44 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Billionaires, Privatization, School Reform

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 10/20/2012

Microsoft gives $50,000 more to Washington charter school initiative

Ballot initiatives in several states that are pushing for a growth in charter schools are being funded in large part by wealthy donors who sometimes live elsewhere.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:38 AM ET, 10/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Big Money, Charter Schools; Privatization

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Bill Gates, other billionaires funding charter effort in Washington state

To get an understanding of how America's wealthiest people are using their fortunes to drive school reform, take a look at a list of the contributors to the pro-charter school initiative on the Washington state ballot in November. The first few pages -- the ones with the biggest donations -- is a who's who of billionaires.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:25 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Billionaires, Charter Schools, Privatization