‘No One Is Above the Law’: Divisive Trump Surrogate Carl Paladino Removed From Buffalo School Board

Veto Override Uncertain as Fight Over Funding Illinois Schools Moves to the House

Noble Network of Charter Schools: It’s Not Just About Going to College, but About Global Perspective & Leaving Chicago

74 Interview: David Hardy on Putting Purpose Before Politics and Kids Before Adults in Leading Ohio’s 2nd State-Takeover District

For Schools, an Eclipse Conundrum: To Open or Close? For Fun or for Science?

New Poll Shows Sharp Decline in Support for Public Charter Schools Over Past Year

A Massachusetts Teachers Union Votes to Kill a Successful Charter School, as Families Scramble for Answers

WATCH: Mission to Mars Video Wins $10,000 and Visit to NASA for 4 NJ Middle Schoolers

Jason Botel Reportedly Out at Education Dept. as Feds Reject ESSA Plan From DeVos’s Home State

2 in 3 High School Students Know of Kids Who Cheat Using Digital Devices — but Few Admit Doing It Themselves

Fewer Than 1 in 3 Americans Support Kids Opting out of Tests; About Half Confused on What ‘Opt Out’ Means

Call Her RoboKid: How a Cutting-Edge Robot Is Helping an Ohio Student Attend Classes While She’s Sick at Home

LearnLaunch Accelerator Gives a Boost to Ed Tech Startups Worldwide From Its Boston Home

No More School Daze? California Weighs Making Middle & High Schools Start Later So Students Can Sleep In

This Week in ESSA: Pennsylvania Looks to Cut Testing Time, Indiana Reformats A–F Grades & 3 More Approvals

What Our Kids Made at Summer Camp: Proud Parents Posting Adorable Photos of Arts & Crafts on Social Media

74 Interview: Michael Lomax, CEO of the United Negro College Fund, on Guiding Low-Income Students Through College

Los Angeles Schools Launch Campaign and Resource Guides to Protect Immigrant Students

300 Tutors, Working With Students 2 Hours a Day: One School Network’s Investment in Personalized Learning

Data Sharing, Data Dumping & Claims of ‘Academic Fraud’ in Tweetstorm Over Story About Louisiana Vouchers

American Federation of Teachers President Says She Might Team Up With Charter Supporters to Oppose Vouchers

Photo Credit: C-SPAN

May 14, 2017

Talking Points

New @ap feature says teachers unions teaming up with charter school supporters to fight Trump on vouchers

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

The Associated Press published an extensive education feature over the weekend, spotlighting how the push to expand school voucher programs both federally and among state legislators is pitting supporters of the public charter school movement against their former school choice allies.

One notable section from the Geoff Mulvihill feature, which you can read in its entirety here: “The appointment [of Betsy DeVos] opened a philosophical schism that now threatens to shatter the [school choice] alliance, turn billionaires against each other and possibly lead some school-choice advocates to join with teachers’ unions, their archenemies...

“The movement has been cleaved into two camps: those who want to use choice to improve public schools and others, like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who want to go further by allowing tax money to flow to private schools through vouchers, government-funded scholarships or corporate tax credits. The differences that once seemed minor are at the heart of a potential seismic shift in the school-choice movement.” (Read the full story)

Surveying the post-inauguration political landscape, Mulvihill notes several new fissures and fractures (“in the past, [philanthropic] contributions have flowed to reform-minded groups regardless of whether they supported public charter schools, vouchers for private schools or a combination. Now those funders are beginning to split into competing camps”), as well as the surprising rise of new coalitions:

"The American Federation of Teachers has had conversations with some charter school advocates it has opposed in the past about coordinating to fight a national voucher program, said Randi Weingarten, president of the union.”

The article doesn’t specify which charter school supporters the union has engaged with, nor how far this coordination has progressed. But if the Trump administration does move forward with a proposal to greatly expand the funding of voucher programs while slashing funds to public schools, education reformers may find themselves squeezed into picking a side. 

Read the full AP feature and see our explainer — 13 Things to Know About Charter Schools. (Get more info about traditional public schools, public charter schools, and the Trump administration’s plans for education delivered directly to your inbox by signing up for The 74 Newsletter.)