Yaël Ossowski is a national investigative reporter for Watchdog.org. He previously worked at the Gaston Gazette newspaper and Fox 29 News in Philadelphia. Contact him at yael@watchdog.org and on Twitter @YaelOss. Follow his written and video exploits on Yael.ca.

At education summit, opponents protest charter schools in New Orleans

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, News  /  No Comments

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Charter schools in New Orleans have enjoyed growing popular support over the years, but at least one group is hoping to quell the praise for reforms.

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DISH CEO Charlie Ergen flooded GOP with cash while it held FCC

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  National, News  /  No Comments

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Anywhere the wind blows in politics, the money is sure to follow.

As for DISH Network CEO Charles Ergen, a top political financier in the U.S. wireless broadcast game and regulation, it hasn’t just been a one-sided venture.

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Charles Ergen dished cash to Dems to push FCC special treatment

By   /  May 11, 2015  /  National, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
Dish Network founder and CEO Charles Ergen’s political giving reveals support for politicians who lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to reserve spectrum space for small companies — spectrum that Ergen then won in the FCC’s controversial January auction.
In a May 2014 letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler obtained by Watchdog.org, six senators, all Democrats, […]

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Despite minority student success, charter school segregation narrative continues

By   /  April 28, 2015  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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At the recent Education Writers Association national seminar in Chicago, a small breakout session asked the following question: Is school choice a tool for opportunity and equity, or further segregation?

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Advocates claim NC charter school segregation report ‘false and disingenuous’

By   /  April 21, 2015  /  Education, News, North Carolina  /  No Comments

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The charter school community in North Carolina is rising up against a study put together by Duke University scholars that argues charter school segregation is giving white students an advantage over black students.

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Duke researchers use race to attack charter schools

By   /  April 21, 2015  /  Education, News, North Carolina  /  No Comments

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There’s a puzzling charge being lobbed at charter schools in North Carolina by academic researchers: they’re reintroducing segregation.

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