Monthly Archives: July 2017

I don’t think teachers know what they’re doing.

Originally posted on Candice Curry – W3:
At my triplets 4th birthday party our middle triplet got a tummy ache. She was standing in the middle of our living room when she got “the look”. It was all coming up.…

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Peter Greene: How to Identify the Real Reformers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene here reviews an attempt by a Destroy Public Schools group to define “a real reformer.” He writes: “Real reformsters don’t admit poverty as any sort of excuse. RR believe that the…

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Jose Luis Vilson: Betsy DeVos Is Not My Secretary of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jose Luis Vilson, teacher and blogger in New York City, writes his view of the Secretary of Education here. He writes: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke to the American Legislative Exchange Council…

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The New Republic: DeVos Is Making “School Choice” Toxic for Democrats

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Graham Vyse, an editor at The New Republic, shows how Betsy DeVos has created a fissure within the Democratic party over school choice. By her passionate advocacy for charters, vouchers, and every other…

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Gail Collins at Her Best, Again

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gail Collins writes a column about politics in the New York Times. She used to be the chief editorial writer, so she knows more than most pundits. But what sets her apart is…

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Betsy DeVos Invests More Money in Neurocore, Which Claims to “Cure” Autism with BioFeedback

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Michael Stratford of Politico reported that Betsy DeVos has enlarged her stake in a controversial company called Neurocore, which claims that its biofeedback methods cure a range of ills, including ADD and autism.…

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Why the Empty Offices at the U.S. Department of Education?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Stephen Dyer writes here about the curious fact that Trump and DeVos have failed to appoint any assistant secretaries in the Department of Education. His post includes a list of the agencies that…

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ALEC’s Hilarious Report Card on The States

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
ALEC is the fringe-right American Legislative Exchange Council, which advocates for school privatization and elimination of unions, due process, and the teaching profession. Its hero is Betsy DeVos, who is working daily to…

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Texas: Fort Bend ISD Tells State Leaders: Stop Starving Our Public Schools!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called a special session of the legislature to try once again to ram through vouchers, a proposal that has been repeatedly rejected by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The…

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Ann Cronin: Connecticut State Board of Education Rips Off Taxpayers and Children of Bridgeport

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ann Cronin taught English for many years in Connecticut, which has one of the most successful state school systems in the nation. However, Connecticut has several districts where people live in dire poverty.…

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