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Reconnecting McDowell is a comprehensive, long-term effort to make educational improvement in McDowell County the route to a brighter economic future. Partners from business, foundations, government, nonprofit agencies and labor have committed, in a signed covenant, to seeking solutions to McDowell’s complex problems—poverty, underperforming schools, drug and alcohol abuse, housing shortages, limited medical services, and inadequate access to technology and transportation.

None of this will be easy or quick; the problems in McDowell County have been decades in the making. But by working

For Immediate Release
Nov. 8, 2016

DeLane Adams

Statement by Verdaillia Turner, President of the Georgia Federation of Teachers

on the defeat of Governor Nathan Deal's Opportunity School District/Amendment 1

"Today, parents, teachers and the communities across the state resoundingly rejected the idea that policymakers alone should be the stewards of our children's future and public education-the public wants to maintain its voice.

"Instead, Georgians sent a clear message to Governor Deal and other stakeholders-we need to make changes to our


Article originally posted online November 1, 2016 via

In High School Graduation, State Improves While State Charters Lag    

By Grant Blankenship

Georgia continues to improve its graduation rate, but the state's high school experiments, its charter schools, are lagging behind.

Georgia’s high school graduation rate improved for a fifth straight year, according to data released Tuesday by the State Department of Education, to 79.2 percent. That’s about 3 points off the national rate.

Thirteen charter high schools have been around long enough to make the 2016 numbers. The eight schools

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For Immediate Release
Oct. 14, 2016

Andrew Crook

Backdoor ‘Neovouchers’ Allow Wealthy to Profit off Public Funds for Schools
WASHINGTON—Ten U.S. states are blatantly circumventing public opposition or constitutional obstacles to publicly funded private school vouchers by allowing wealthy taxpayers to turn a profit on “charitable” contributions to private schools, a report released this week by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reveals.

See how the Recovery School District/OSD has negatively impacted New Orleans

UPDATE: Disenfranchised Communities/Part 3 shows how privatizing public education has disenfranchised the New Orleans community by limiting the voices of parents and community members. The film touches on the fired school employees causing the loss of thousands of middle-class jobs and the efforts by neighborhood schools to write their own charter applications but were denied. This model of disenfranchising communities is being exported to other cities around the country.



See what the Recovery School District has done