Daily Archives: January 19, 2017

Democracy Now: Did Betsy DeVos Lie to the Senate Committee?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Betsy DeVos was asked during her Senate hearing whether her mother’s foundation had funded the anti-gay Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council.she claimed ignorance and insisted that her mother made…

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Kristen Rizga: To Understand Betsy DeVos, You Must Understand the Overton Effect

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kristen Rizga, a perceptive reporter for Mother Jones, has been writing about education for several years. Her book Mission High was an excellent portrait of a San Francisco that was labeled as “failing”…

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Dems raise concern about possible links between DeVos and student debt collection agency – The Washington Post

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos and her husband have a financial stake in a debt collection company that has contracts worth more than $20 million in business with the…

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New York Times: Unimpressed by DeVos’s Clueless Performance

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The New York Times is called (and calls itself) “the newspaper of record.” Talk show hosts, editorial writers, and influentials read the Times. That’s why I get so frustrated by its consistently awful…

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Fred Klonsky: Grizzly Bears in the Classroom! Grab a Gun!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? ? A great post by Fred Klonsky about one of Betsy DeVos’s dumbest comments at her Senate hearing. Not even Lamar Alexander could protect her. Also offers some really good advice about…

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Peter Greene: The DeVos Gong Show

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene didn’t see the whole hearing because he was teaching. But he saw enough to know this was a play with preordained roles. A sort of political theater. Democrats stewed (although they…

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Senator Ron Wyden Will Vote NO On DeVos

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ron Wyden, Democratic Senator from Oregon, will vote NO on DeVos. Too bad that one or two Republicans will not vote for this unqualified candidate. The people of Oregon can feel grateful to…

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What Are the “Results” that DeVos Can Point to?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
During the hearings on Betsy DeVos, the Republican Senator Richard Burr (North Carolina) asked why people get all hung up on process, when they should be talking about “results.” DeVos agreed. I was…

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