Daily Archives: February 1, 2017

Collins and Murkowski Will Vote NO to DeVos!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
According to CNN, Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska–both Republicans–will vote against Betsy DeVos in the Senate floor. One more Republican vote is needed to stop her confirmation. In…

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Why Sen. Orrin Hatch suspended committee rules to advance Trump nominees | PBS NewsHour

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
On the second day of boycott from Democrats, Hatch says they ‘haven’t done a thing to help cooperate” with hearings for Steve Mnuchin, Rep. Tom Price. It was the…

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Say No to Trump’s Vouchers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The best way to stop Trump’s plan to privatize public schools is to say no to vouchers, writes Frank Adamson of Stanford University. ? “Vouchers violate the American ideal of democracy because they…

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State Department officials take a stand against Trump’s Muslim ban | MSNBC

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
By Steve Benen It’s not at all common for hundreds of officials in the executive branch to take a public stand in opposition to a White House policy, but…

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New York Republican Leader Endorses DeVos, to Dismay of Parents and Educators

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Flanagan, majority leader of the Republican-controlled state senate in New York, endorsed Betsy DeVos, shocking parent leaders and educators. Flanagan showed himself to be an enemy of public schools. https://www.longislandpress.com/2017/01/30/state-sen-flanagan-draws-heat-for-supporting-trumps-education-secretary-pick/ Michael Hynes,…

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Nebraska: Bigoted Rightwing Extremist Takes Control of Senate Education Committee

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Nebraska has one of the best state school systems in the nation. It does not have vouchers or charters. Its students do far better on NAEP than most states that won Race to…

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Los Angeles: Charter School, Raided by FBI, Has Money for Parties, Not for Basic Supplies

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last week, federal authorities raided the offices of Celerity charter schools in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times takes a closer look at the Celerity charters in this article. Teacher Tien Le worked…

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Billionaire Blunders: Appointing Education Chiefs Who Know Little about Public Schools

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Anyone remember Cathy Black? Don’t think so. In 2011, Michael Bloomberg, billionaire and New York City Mayor appointed the 66 year-old head of the Hearst magazine chain–a “superstar manager,”…

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Betsy DeVos’ Response to Senator Patty Murray’s Question about Virtual Schools

Originally posted on deutsch29:
I have been reading Michigan billionaire school choice champ and US ed sec nominee Betsy DeVos’ written responses to the 139 follow-up questions asked by Senate Health, Education, Labor and pensions (HELP) Committee member, Patty Murray.…

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Jerry Falwell Jr. Will lead Federal Task Force on Higher Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jerry Falwell Jr. says that Trump has asked him to lead a federal task force on higher education policy. Falwell says he can be very helpful to Betsy DeVos (if she is confirmed).…

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