Sarah Lahm

Sarah Lahm is a Minneapolis-based writer and former English instructor. She blogs about education at

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Given Gates’s track record of expensive failures in the realm of education reform, this partnership is understandably drawing criticism from teachers and parents, as well as allegations from progressives that it is disaster capitalism at work. (Photo: Michael Cohen/Getty Images/The New York Times) Views
Friday, May 15, 2020
Billionaires Are the Biggest Threat to Public Schools
The COVID-19 crisis is shaping up to be a golden opportunity for those eager to shake up public education. The coronavirus pandemic is presenting both DeVos and Gates with new ways to divert public dollars to privately managed schools. In recent months, as schools closed to limit the spread of...
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A General Motors worker holds a picket sign after United Auto Workers Local 440 workers joined a national labor strike against GM in Bedford, Indiana on 9/16/2019. Views
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
GM Just Took Away Our Insurance, But It Can't Stop Our Strike
Just after midnight on September 15, nearly 50,000 members of The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) walked off their jobs at 33 General Motors (GM) plants across the Midwest and South. For two days, workers have been picketing...
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Charter schools are funded through public education dollars, just like traditional public schools. Can they then function as if they were private real estate holders, with the freedom to knock down or otherwise alter buildings as they see fit? (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, September 05, 2019
Why 2020 Dems Should Target the Nonprofit Charter School Industry
Charter schools, once the darling of politicians on the right and left, have become a hot potato in the Democratic Party 2020 presidential primary with nearly every candidate voicing some level of disapproval of the industry. A common refrain among the candidates is to express opposition to “for-...
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Saturday, March 02, 2019
Pennsylvania Workers Are Waging the Biggest US Manufacturing Strike in the Trump Era
On February 26, nearly 2,000 members of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) walked off their jobs at a longstanding locomotive manufacturing plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, in the largest U.S. strike in the manufacturing sector since 2016. The move came just one day after the plant began operating under its new owner, the Wabtec Corporation of Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.
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Friday, May 29, 2015
The Secret Group That Wants to Take Over Your School
Don’t look now, but there’s something creepy coming toward you, and it wants to take over your public school system. Sure, it’s connected—through all-important grants—to many of the big names in today’s education reform movement (Gates, Walton, Broad), but most people have probably never heard of...
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