For-Profit Education

Revelers march down Fifth Avenue during the annual NYC Pride March, Sunday, June 26, 2022, in New York.
Revelers march down Fifth Avenue during New York City's annual Pride March in June. Proposed changes to Title IX would explicitly protect students from discrimination based on their gender identity or sexuality.
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Federal Historic Changes to Title IX and School Safety Funding: How 2022 Shaped K-12 Policy
Federal lawmakers sought to make Title IX more inclusive, respond to school shootings, and crack down on corrupt charter schools.
Libby Stanford, December 29, 2022
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Education Funding The Fight Over Charter School Funding in Washington, Explained
Tensions between some Democrats in Congress and charter school backers have reached a new level over proposed restrictions on federal aid.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 28, 2021
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Student attending class from a remote location.
School Choice & Charters Full-Time Virtual Schools: Still Growing, Still Struggling, Still Resisting Oversight
Nearly 500,000 students now attend full-time online and blended schools, says a new report from the National Education Policy Center.
Benjamin Herold, May 6, 2021
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School Choice & Charters Is There a Growing Political Backlash to For-Profit Charter Schools?
Ohio's Democratic candidate for governor calls for a ban on for-profit companies running charter schools, while a new law in California does just that.
Arianna Prothero, September 17, 2018
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief California Legislature Passes Measure Banning For-Profit Charter Schools
For-profit companies would be banned from running charter schools in California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a hard-fought bill that has won final approval from the state legislature.
Tribune News Service, September 4, 2018
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Federal For-Profit Charter School Students Doing Better on Math in Michigan, Study Finds
Students at a for-profit charter school network in Betsy DeVos' home state of Michigan are out-performing their public school peers in math, according to a new study.
Arianna Prothero, April 2, 2018
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School & District Management News in Brief DeVos Hires Former For-Profit Dean to Oversee Fraud Investigations
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos last week picked a former official at an embattled for-profit university to head the agency's unit investigating fraud at for-profit colleges, prompting criticism that the Trump administration was promoting industry interests.
The Associated Press, September 5, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief 19 Attorneys General Sue Secretary for Delaying Rules Aimed at For-Profit Colleges
Democratic attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia have sued U.S. Education Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules that were meant to protect students from abuse by for-profit colleges.
The Associated Press, July 18, 2017
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School & District Management For-Profit Charter Schools Show Poor Academic Growth
Charter schools run by nonprofit groups outperform their for-profit counterparts, potentially adding fuel to a growing debate among advocates over the role of for-profits in the charter sector.
Arianna Prothero, June 12, 2017
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School Choice & Charters Problems With For-Profit Management of Pa. Cybers
To understand how the problems with for-profit management of cyber charters have persisted over time, just look at Pennsylvania.
Benjamin Herold, November 3, 2016
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Early Childhood $1 Million Hult Prize Awarded to For-Profit Early-Education Project
Teams competing for the money were challenged to create a socially minded business that addressed the issue of early education for children living in "urban slums" in developing countries.
Lillian Mongeau, September 30, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness New Regulation Limits Debt for Graduates of For-Profit Colleges
The U.S. Department of Education released final "gainful employment" regulations targeted at ensuring that students who attend career-training programs don't amass too much debt.
Caralee J. Adams, October 30, 2014
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School Choice & Charters AFT Creates New Website to Track For-Profit Charter Networks
A new anti-charter school website called "Cashing in on Kids" tracks five charter school operators.
Michele Molnar, February 28, 2014
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Classroom Technology Pa. Rejects Cyber Charter Applicants, Citing For-Profits' Role
Applications for six independently managed, fully online schools were denied, in part due to concerns regarding close relationships between board members and proposed vendors.
Benjamin Herold, January 29, 2014
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