Monthly Archives: January 2017

An Open Letter to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

Originally posted on parentingthecore:
Dear Senator Collins: Almost nineteen years ago, on my twenty-fifth birthday, I sat in a conference room on the University of Maine and had dinner with the cohort of pre-service teachers I’d be together with for…

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New Study: Vouchers Enable Discrimination and Segregation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steve Hinnefeld posts a blog about a new study of vouchers showing that voucher schools encourage and practice discrimination. https://inschoolmatters.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/study-confirms-voucher-programs-discriminate/ “Research led by an Indiana University professor confirms what school voucher critics have…

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Trying to Track the DeVos Family’s Political Contributions: Not Easy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Michigan Finance Campaign Network published a report on DeVos Family political giving. This is not a comprehensive report, as others have shown that the DeVos Family utilizes other vehicles for its political…

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HELP Committee Approves DeVos 12-11

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Not one Republican voted to defend our public schools against the most unqualified nominee for Secretary of Education in history #stopprivatization #dumpdevos

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Henry Levin: School Choice Increases Segregation Without Improving Achievement

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Henry Levin, the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, has studied school choice and privatization around the world. Levin says there is no evidence for the…

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Tweets from Betsy DeVos Now Signed “-Betsy”

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On January 20, 2017, Michigan billionaire and USA ed sec nominee Betsy DeVos found herself the subject of embarrassing grammatical errors related to a tweet posted on her Twitter page presumably by her. The original tweet…

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Jeff Sessions is the Brains Behind Trump Policies

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Now this is scary! According to the Washington Post, the mastermind behind the Muslim travel ban and other signature Trump policies is Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, soon to be confirmed as Attorney…

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MI Sen. Gary Peters calls for investing, expanding healthcare

January 30, 2017 Dear Mr. Salisbury, Thank you for contacting me about Medicare. I appreciate you taking the time to express your views. Your input is, and will always be, welcomed and appreciated.… Source: MI Sen. Gary Peters calls for … Continue reading

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WSJ: McCain Will Stand Up to Trump

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
While other Republican senators and congressman cower, Senator John McCain will not bow and scrape to Trump. The Wall Street Journal writes today (sorry, can’t find the link–if you do, send it): Sen.…

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Andy Borowitz: Scientists Ponder Medical Mystery

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andy Borowitz, humorist for The New Yorker, says that scientists are pondering a medical mystery: How do Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell manage to stand upright without spines?

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