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What Philly Taught Us: How Philadelphia Activists Beat School Privatization to Restore Local Control - Netroots Nation

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Philadelphia activists fought back and regained democracy. 'State control of Philadelphia’s schools came to an end in November 2017. This was an historic event, long in the making by a resistance campaign by  Netroots Nation!  State control cut expenses & staff, closed neighborhood schools, and imposed “school choice.' Philly saw its core institutions ripped out & replaced with schools operated by private interests with no knowledge of community values & culture.' For more than a decade, Netroots Nation hosted the largest annual conference for progressives. Attendees are online organizers, grassroots activists and independent media makers, professionals from advocacy orgs progressive companies or labor unions. Next session is July 11-13 in Philadelphia. choose from 80+ panels, 60+ training sessions, inspiring keynotes, caucuses, film screenings and lots of networking and social events.

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Same thing is happening in Rochester and across the nation.

NO ONE IS WATCHING! This is how it is done-- piece by piece. Ripe for takeover, 15,880 separate school districts in 50 states are on beyond absorbed by legislatures, without an educator on board. The the 'job' is farmed out to. for-profit markets.

Look at this example in Missouri the deliberate and heedless destruction of what was once a vibrant school district .

And This article about an impoverished Ohio district waswritten by Robert Brownlee, who grew up in East Cleveland, attended its public schools, and spent his career in its public schools. He hits the nail on the head: The state takeover will do nothing to address the root causes of low academic achievement.

Be informed... read what's up at theNPE newsletters.

Or go to the Diane Ravitch blog and learn how state legislatures,bought by lobbyists for privateers, are ending public schools by taking over with not an educator on board.

Or go to my series here at OpEd news.

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DO YOU KNOW that ending PUBLIC EDUCATION is the goal around the nation?

Did you know that public education is the only road to income equality.. as this is happening. (Don't miss that fascinating video.)

The Network for Public Education is a non-profit to counteract the PACs. The NPE which works to offer THE TRUTH about this assault on our INSTITUTION of Public Education.

Diane Ravitch, who created the NPE, was the Ass't Secretary of Education for 2 administrations which propelled her to write Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools, where she offers a critical analysis of the condition of public education in twenty-first century America.

"Ravitch offers a captivating depiction of the corporate and political interests that market what she considers to be the unfounded claim that the nation is at risk. Extending the argument against the high-stakes testing and accountability movement begun in her earlier work, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Ravitch provides a thorough analysis of empirical and qualitative social science research to investigate the notion that education is in decline and that the reforms currently promoted are well-evidenced as effective enough to improve American schooling."

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and look at New Orleans shcarter schools results Mercedes Schneider reports the story of the New Orleans charter school that awarded diplomas to its seniors, but had to revoke 49% of them after a whistleblower pointed out that these students lacked the credits needed to graduate.

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