A consensus between Republicans and centrist Democrats around charter schools has been at the very center of education policy for the past three decades. Guest David Menefee-Libey joins us to talk about the formation of the charter school “treaty,” why it unraveled and what happens next.
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Jennifer and Jack’s forthcoming book A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School, is now available for preorder!
Notice that the media keeps missing important education stories – or, worse, getting them wrong? Have You Heard wants to do something about that. We have an ambitious list of destinations we want to travel to in the months ahead. With your support we can hit the road and help tell stories like these:
- Will Betsy DeVos cost Donald Trump Michigan and the election? We’re going to Michigan to explore how DeVos’ deep unpopularity and her extreme agenda could tip the balance in a state that Trump won by just 10,000 votes in 2016.
- According to the New York Times African-American voters feel betrayed by the Democrats’ pivot away from charter schools. But recent gubernatorial campaigns by Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida point to a more complicated story. We’re headed south to learn more.
- Voters in rural Wisconsin went big for Trump in 2016. But there is one policy area where they are wildly at odds with the GOP: education. As the GOP embraces school funding cuts and privatization, rural communities have been voting to raise their own taxes in order to keep their local public schools alive.
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Wow—a huge thanks to everyone who chipped in and made my *send EduShyster to the Mitten State* fundraising campaign such a success. In seven days, I raised $5,000 from 100 donors. Make that $5,025 from 101 donors. And while I did get a few three figure gifts (thanks Dad!), most of my contributions were small—$10 here, $18 there—from readers who want to know more about a would-be Secretary of Education and what the hell is going on in Michigan. So in just over three weeks, I’ll be hitting the road. Here’s where I’m headed, who I’ll be talking to and what I’m up to… Continue reading →