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California lawmakers call for more homeschool oversight

Education | Despite the horrors of the Turpin case, homeschool advocates note child abuse risk factors don’t include learning at home
by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/24/18, 03:05 pm

Homeschooling opponents in California seized on the horrific case of child abuse discovered Jan. 14 in Riverside County to call for more oversight of parents who teach their children at home. But homeschooling advocates say policymakers need to consider one key fact obscured by emotional reactions to the Turpin case: None of the organizations that track child abuse list homeschooling as a risk factor.

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Trump picks charter champion for education secretary

Education | Betsy DeVos is a longtime Republican donor and advocate for school choice
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/23/16, 03:48 pm

School choice advocates are giving President-elect Donald Trump an A-plus for his education secretary pick, but opponents of Common Core are much less enthusiastic.

Betsy DeVos, a longtime Republican donor and charter school champion, was considered a supporter of the much-maligned standards. In a tweet following her nomination announcement, she attempted to allay concerns: “Many of you are asking about Common Core. To clarify, I am not a supporter—period.”

In a Q&A on her website, DeVos acknowledged some organizations she’s joined with have supported Common Core.

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Not your average education reformer

Education | A classroom teacher’s book offers wise and prudent solutions
by Russ Pulliam
Posted 7/21/16, 02:34 pm

Middle school English teacher Andrew K. Milton worries about well-intentioned educational reform theories messing up what happens in the actual classroom. Hence the title of his book: The Normal Accident Theory of Education: Why Reform and Regulation Won’t Make Schools Better (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014).

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