ED: No Records on Closed Charters Mentioned in Its "Commitment to Transparency," CMD Appeals

The Department of Education issued a press release touting its "Commitment to Transparency" and discussing the 430 charters that had closed and the 699 that had not opened since 2006, but when CMD asked about them, the agency said it had no records.... So much for transparency.

A Reality Check for "Charter School Week"

It's "National Charter School Week" but it's no week to celebrate given the billions spent and hundreds of millions squandered on fraud and waste by charter school operators.

ALEC's 2016 Agenda Moving in the States: A Snapshot

Working in tandem with deep-pocketed corporations and funders like Koch Industries, ALEC is driving an agenda in the states you need to know about.

U.S. Chamber Works Behind the Scenes to Gut Whistleblower Protections

Efforts to gut the federal False Claims Act backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce got a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday.

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There is a "sucker punch" aspect of this entire episode, that has been used in the past, that makes it doubly despicable. The now dead open records issue was so completely outrageous and unexpected that it served its intended purpose – to draw attention away from the many other very contentious and controversial aspects of this budget. And that was exactly what Walker and the majority Republicans wanted to happen.

--Jay Heck, Common Cause in Wisconsin

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