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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced his education plan for American K-12 schools, including banning all charter schools. It is a proposal that education experts and others have said could hurt the low-income students he claims he wants to help.
It also reverses the education platform from his 2016 presidential campaign when Sanders said he supported public charter schools but not private charter schools.
New - York - Magazine
New York Magazine reported:
Bernie Sanders today is announcing the foundation of his K-12 education plan, which is to crack down on public charter schools. If enacted, the Sanders plan would snuff out one of the most successful social policy innovations in decades, and close off a lifeline of opportunity for hundreds of thousands of poor urban children.
Charter-school - Sector - Varies - State - State
The charter-school sector varies enormously from state to state, but on average, charter schools yield better outcomes for urban students (though not for other students). States with the worst-regulated systems fare no better than traditional neighborhood schools. But the best-managed charter systems produce dramatically better outcomes for low-income urban children than the same students receive in neighborhood schools.
The public charter models with the highest success are the most exciting and deserving of replication. Rather than learn what they’re doing right, Sanders would choke them off.
Magazine - Report - Thing - Sanders - Platform
The magazine report stated it is a good thing, however, for Sanders’ platform to ban for-profit charter schools, but noted that more than 80 percent of charter school students attend non-profit schools.
“Charter opponents have erroneously convinced many people that all charters are for profit, when in fact only a small minority are,” the magazine reported.
Sanders - Plan - Teachers - Union - Magazine
Sanders’ plan is designed to please the teachers union, the magazine report stated, because charter schools don’t use union employment contracts but instead employ a merit-based benefits system.
“Rather than pay teachers based on seniority, requiring the most recently hired teachers be fired first, and...
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