Cashing in on Kids is In the Public Interest‘s pick of recent news about the privatization of public education.

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Education historian Diane Ravitch has a new book. The subtitle to Ravitch’s new book, Slaying Goliath, says it all: “The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools.” See where she’ll be speaking about the book near you here. Penguin Random House

California’s new charter regulation is already paying off.
 Moody’s says that California’s new law tightening up regulation of charter schools, which took effect on January 1, is credit positive for the state. Bond Buyer

Notorious Los Angeles charter operation to close. The Los Angeles County school board has voted to close an Inglewood charter school with a lengthy history of financial problems and mixed academic performance that, according to the Los Angeles Times, “illustrated flaws in California’s oversight system.” Los Angeles Times

“The colossal charter mess in Montgomery.” Columnist Larry Lee weighs in on Alabama’s charter school woes: “The charter law was passed in 2015.  We were told it was the best such law in the country.  But as is often the case with educational policy cobbled together by our supermajority, words and reality seldom agree.” Alabama Political Reporter

Two more Indiana school districts are suing the state over its $1 charter school law. “According to this week’s court documents filed in Lake County, School City of Hammond has closed three elementary schools in the past year and plans to close two more schools at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Lake Ridge recently closed an elementary, too. Journal & Courier

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