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Education Today – Racism and School District Takeovers – December 27, 2019

Why are the only school districts taken over by state governments those with mostly Black and Latino students, and what does all this have to do with privatization and gentrification?  The Houston teachers union is suing the state of Texas to stop the takeover of their school district on the basis that it is a voting rights violation.   In Oakland, the state has maintained hidden control for sixteen years, while closing 15 schools and turning nearly a third of the district over to charters.  Philadelphia, Camden, Inglewood, Newark, Compton, Richmond and many others lost their right to elect their school boards  Our guest, scholar and activist Professor Domingo Morel, enlightens us and a leader of the Houston teachers tells us the basis for their suit.

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