Daily Archives: January 18, 2017

The True Crisis in American Education! Grizzly Bears!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Our blog poet, SomeDam Poet, returns at last to his/her place of eminence, writing wonderful doggerel and great poetry for our pleasure and enlightenment. ? This one was written in response to Betsy…

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Valerie Strauss: Six Head-Scratching Moments in the Confirmation Hearing of Betsy DeVos

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Valerie Strauss watched the DeVos hearings and came away with six points that were, as she put it, “head scratching.” ? In some cases, DeVos suggested she would allow states to decide whether…

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Angie Sullivan: Nevada Schools Need the Basics: Paper, Books, Teachers, Stuff Like That

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The latest missive from second-grade teacher Angie Sullivan, who works in the underfunded public schools of Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas) and teaches children who are mostly poor and ELL. ? Listen to…

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The New Republic: DeVos Stumped by Direct Questions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? ? Graham Vyse writes in The New Republic that Betsy DeVos was stumped time and again by straightforward questions from Democrats. Meanwhile, Republicans fell all over themselves praising her for being willing…

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Nancy Bailey: Betsy DeVos On Special Education: Clueless

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? ? Nancy Bailey followed the hearings of Betsy DeVos to see what she knows about special education. The answer: Not much. ? http://nancyebailey.com/2017/01/17/betsy-devos-confirmation-hearing-and-special-education/ ? She doesn’t seem to know that the Individuals…

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Betsy DeVos’ Opening Statement at Her Nomination Hearing– and a Question Asked by Bernie Sanders

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Below is the text of US ed sec nominee Betsy DeVos’ opening remarks at her January 17, 2017, hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. First, a few observations: Notice that DeVos…

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Ignorance and Arrogance – the Defining Characteristics of the Betsy DeVos Hearing

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Betsy DeVos wouldn’t commit to protecting students with special needs. She wouldn’t commit to keeping guns out of school campuses. She wouldn’t commit to holding charter and voucher schools to the same standards as traditional public…

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