SEATTLE — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer money. Koch in June announced the Yes Every Kid initiative as the latest addition to his sprawling network of wealthy donors, political groups and tax-exempt advocacy organizations best known for pushing anti-regulation, small-government policies. Its political arm, Americans for Prosperity, has made waves supporting the tea party and fighting former President Barack Obama's health care law. The Yes Every Kid group is tasked with monitoring statehouses where it can be influential on school choice, said Stacy Hock, a Texas philanthropist who is among hundreds of donors each contributing at least $100,000 annually to the Koch network's wide-ranging agenda. Hock and officials with the Koch … [Read more...] about Powerful Koch network taking on school choice with new group
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POLITICS 11/24/2018 05:00 am ET A South Bronx school started by a child welfare agency has gradually found answers for educating youth in foster care By Caroline Preston BRONX, N.Y. — Sasha Redlener slipped into a child-sized chair at a table beside first-grader Alyssa. It was midway through a class discussion on safety, with the students at Mott Haven Academy Charter School scratching out answers to questions like, “What does it mean to feel safe?” and “What can you do to help make your school feel safe?” But Alyssa was sticking out her tongue and shimmying in her chair. Redlener asked the girl if she was comfortable at her table. “I’m comfortable,” said Alyssa. “I just have a lot of energy.” “I can see that,” said Redlener, suggesting they visit the water fountain for a quick break. As she escorted Alyssa into the hallway, Redlener’s co-teacher, Carolina Garcia, and Alexa Wernick, one of the … [Read more...] about One School’s Mission To Teach Kids Whose Lives Have Been Hijacked By Trauma
John Woodrow Cox and Steven Rich, The Washington Post Published 11:25 am PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Superintendent Randy Russell checks camera feeds at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., which spent about $200,000 on new security after a deadly shooting last year. Superintendent Randy Russell checks camera feeds at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., which spent about $200,000 on new security after a deadly shooting last year. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Rajah Bose Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Rajah Bose Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 Superintendent Randy Russell checks camera feeds at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., which spent about $200,000 on new security after a deadly shooting last year. Superintendent Randy … [Read more...] about Billions are now spent to protect kids from school shootings. Has it made them safer?
AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 16: First Lady Michelle Obama speaks on stage during the SXSW Keynote: Michelle Obama during 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 16, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SXSW) Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama have entered a multiyear deal with Netflix. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, announces that former first lady, Michelle Obama, will speak tomorrow at the Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, June 5, 2017. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group) Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) speaks with US First Lady Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace, in central London, on May 24, 2011. US President Barack Obama Tuesday basked in the lavish royal pageantry of a state visit to Britain, given an extra dash of glamour by a brief encounter with Prince William and his bride Catherine. But … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama in Bay Area: Big-name moderators announced for book tour
Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post Published 2:23 pm PDT, Thursday, October 18, 2018 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is now an issue in the battle for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas between Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic congressman, and Ted Cruz, the incumbent Republican. O'Rourke just launched several new ads, including one that is directed at winning over advocates for teachers and public schools, especially those who oppose the agenda of DeVos, who has made "school choice" her prime focus. In the ad, O'Rourke accuses Cruz of backing DeVos and her support for vouchers, which use public money for private and religious school education. But is the ad entirely accurate? Here's what the ad says: "At a time when nearly half of the school teachers in Texas are working a second job just to make ends meet, Ted Cruz wants to take our public tax dollars out of their classrooms, turn them into vouchers," O'Rourke states in the ad. "He was the deciding vote on putting Betsy DeVos … [Read more...] about In new Texas campaign ad, Beto O’Rourke slams Sen. Ted Cruz for backing Betsy DeVos