Monthly Archives: May 2017

And 29 Comes to a Close

Today ends my 29th year as an educator. To say the least it has been interesting from a local level, state level and especially a national level. At the national level, it has brought us a new president and Secretary … Continue reading

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Jeff Bryant: DeVos’s “Transformation”=Public Theft

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeff Bryant has read Betsy DeVos’s speeches slamming public schools and extolling the virtues of public subsidy for private and religious schools. She carefully selects an anecdote to make her case. But she…

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John Kuhn: The Hypocrisy of the Texas State Senate, Protector of Inequity Towards Neediest Children and Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Kuhn is superintendent of a school district in Texas. He is one of the nation’s most eloquent spokesmen for children and public schools. He first came to national attention when he spoke…

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Jack Covey: The Return of Jim Crow?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reader Jack Covey watched Betsy DeVos testify at a Congressional hearing and was startled by what he saw and heard: “What’s scary is Secretary Devos’ tacit claim that, when it comes to schools…

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Wisconsin Congressman Tries but Fails to Get DeVos to Acknowledge Failure of Vouchers in Milwaukee

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Betsy DeVos appeared at her second Congressional hearing to defend the Department’s budget priorities. At her first hearing, she said that schools might need guns to protect against grizzlies. What she demonstrated was…

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Official in Charge of Federal Student Loan Program Resigns, Unwilling to Defend DeVos’ Policies and Mismanagement

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
James Runcie, the head of the agency in charge of federal student loans at the U.S. Department of Education, resigned in protest when he was directed to testify in support of Betsy DeVos’…

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Who is Behind the Assault on Public Education?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Howard Ryan, writing in Monthly Review, analyzes the sources of support for corporate reform and privatization. Ryan writes: Over the past three decades, public schools have been the target of a systematic assault…

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Minnesota: Governor Dayton Blocks Reformers’ Efforts to Grant Licenses to Uncertified Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota has become a hero of public education. Despite the pleas of the entire corporate reform movement in Minnesota, Dayton vetoed a bill that would have created a pathway…

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Jeb Bush Blasts Teachers’ Unions at School Choice Meeting in Indianapolis

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeb Bush was honored by Betsy DeVos’ organization, the American Federation for Children, at their meeting in Indianapolis. Bush’s Foundation for Educational Ecellence is heavily funded by the technology and Bush loves to…

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The Betsy DeVos School Choice Lie

Originally posted on deutsch29:
If you think that US ed sec Betsy DeVos wants anything other than to end American public education and replace it with an a-la-carte, private-school-favoring menu of largely underregulated school-like options, think again. This, readers, is…

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