June 19, 2012

Billionaires Behind Push In North Carolina To Transfer $40 Million Of Taxpayer Money To Private Schools

North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul Stam (R) has an idea for fixing our country’s education system — dump tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into private schools.

Stam is a sponsor of House Bill 1104, which would utilize the “North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program” to shift up to $40 million of taxpayer funds in 2013 to scholarships for students to attend private schools.

The Institute for Southern Studies’s Facing South has dug into the push for the privatization bill and has found that a group called Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) is being used for the …

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June 10, 2012
Brian Johnson

Corporate Execs Spend Big And Hand Charter School Executive Strong Showing In California

The eyes of many concerned with the nation’s schools were on Wisconsin this week, as school voucher advocate Governor Scott Walker (R-WI)┬áhandily┬ádefeated his Democratic proponent, further paving the way for school privatization in his state.

But on the West Coast, yet another struggle over the nation’s schools was being fought. In two pivotal state assembly races, teacher’s unions and financial executives spent big on their respective sides, hoping to either constrict or expand charter schools and school choice.

In both races, the candidates backed by the financial sector — charter school executive Brian Johnson in Assembly District 46 and Democrat Ian …

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