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The future is now, in Louisiana, if corporate reformers get their way

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Louisiana’s Governor is the radical right-winger Bobby Jindal, and its State Superintendent John White,  trained under the Voldemort of education reform, Joel Klein.  It has a state board of education whose most recently elected member is the state director of TFA, who ran a campaign funded by billionaire Bloomberg. Today, Diane Ravitch wrote about the philosophy behind Jindal and White’s privatization effort, a massive and hurriedly-approved voucher program to throw government funds at private schools, seemingly at random, no matter …

The Gulen Movement’s connection to the largest US charter network

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By Sharon Higgins, founding member of Parents Across America Note: This is an expanded version of a guest post published in The Washington Post under Valerie Strauss’s column, The Answer Sheet, on March 27, 2012. The largest charter school network in the United States is operated by people in and associated with the Gulen Movement (GM), a secretive and controversial Turkish religious sect. With 135 schools enrolling more than 45,000 students, this network is substantially larger than KIPP, the well-known …

Stealth U.S. charter network linked to Gulen raises concerns

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The New York Times this week published an investigative report about the financial practices of a sizable group of Texas charter schools being operated by the followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamic religious leader “whose devotees have built a worldwide religious, social and nationalistic movement in his name.” While the New York Times focused on Texas schools, members of the Gulen movement have actually started schools all over the United States – approximately 120 charter schools in 25 states, …