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Good News, or Bad News from the USDE?

Multiple reports indicate that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is planning a significant reorganization of the U.S. Department of Education in which the Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE) will receive more prominent status.  Word has it that along with a number of accompanying structural changes,…

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The Circle

When I was a teenager, I made a solemn vow that, should I ever become a parent, I would never, ever, ever tell my kids to “turn down that noise!” Flawed human that I am, I have failed to fulfill my share of resolutions and…

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Dear Unions, Welcome to Our World!

Private schools are nothing, if not diverse.  Some are grounded in religious orientations, while others are secular.  Some are organized as nonprofit entities, while others are profit-seeking proprietorships or corporations.  Some follow distinctive educational philosophies (think Montessori, or Waldorf), while others subscribe to an eclectic set of principles and practices.  Some are large, others…

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A Crack in the CTA’s Wall?

Over the course of recent years, CAPSO has supported a variety of state legislation aimed at using tax policy as an instrument for encouraging  and supporting various forms of private investment in education.  The Association has supported bills proposing the availability of tax credits for voluntary contributions to both non-profit organizations established to help…

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What Has Gone Wrong at the CDE?

Yes, that’s a loaded title, and lest it overly prejudice an open-minded reading of what follows, let me begin by offering credit where credit is due, and recognizing the good.  The California Department of Education does not lack for outstanding talent, leadership, and dedication. CDE staff…

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