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NEWSFLASH: Betsy DeVos Opens Mouth. Nonsense Falls Out

NEWSFLASH: Betsy DeVos Opens Mouth. Nonsense Falls Out

She is a saleswoman for privatization and she thinks public schools suck. Well whoop-de-do!

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The Corporate Coup Destroying Our Schools Has Finally Come For Our Government

The Corporate Coup Destroying Our Schools Has Finally Come For Our Government

The excuse is the same one used to deny equity, dismantle protections and close our public schools – we need to run government like a business.

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The Joy of Opting Out of Standardized Testing

The Joy of Opting Out of Standardized Testing

I have to proctor the federally mandated standardized tests to my students. But I’ve opted my own daughter out.

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Donald Trump, If the US is Attacked, We Will Blame YOU

Donald Trump, If the US is Attacked, We Will Blame YOU

We will not let you get away with stoking violence and then using the results as a justification for what you did to cause the problem in the first place.

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Trump Budgets More Money to Kill Kids in Yemen Than Educate Kids in USA

Trump Budgets More Money to Kill Kids in Yemen Than Educate Kids in USA

America deserves better than this Trump budget. Our children deserve a better future than this.

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Always Be Testing – The Sales Pitch for Corporate Education Reform

Always Be Testing – The Sales Pitch for Corporate Education Reform

This is the new Common Core aligned diagnostic system – the Pearson leads. And to you, it’s gold. But you don’t get it because it’s for testers. Not teachers.

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Congress Frees Public Schools From Federal Test & Punish – Where’s the Catch?

Congress Frees Public Schools From Federal Test & Punish – Where’s the Catch?

Both the House and Senate have voted to repeal Obama school accountability guidelines in favor of… well… some other interpretation.

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The Blinders of Partisanship: How Republicans and Democrats Miss the Point – We’re All Being Screwed

The Blinders of Partisanship: How Republicans and Democrats Miss the Point – We’re All Being Screwed

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of this election cycle wasn’t Donald Trump’s victory. It’s how quickly many of our allies on the right gave up their beliefs to fall in line. Under President Barack Obama, those on the left and right were united against Common Core. We both realized it was a terrible policy – though […]

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Koch Bros Funded Publication Criticizes – ME – on School Choice!

Koch Bros Funded Publication Criticizes – ME – on School Choice!

I had the audacity to write something called “Top 10 Reasons School Choice is No Choice.” I had to be taken down.

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Allowing Guns in Schools is a Bad Idea

Allowing Guns in Schools is a Bad Idea

Guns were not allowed at Donald Trump’s inauguration.   They were not allowed at his speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA).   Nor were they allowed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) or at most of his hotels, golf courses and other properties.   But he wants them to be allowed at our […]

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How to Get Trump to Support Public Education: A Military Proposal

How to Get Trump to Support Public Education: A Military Proposal

Trump wants to increase military spending. So we reclassify education as a branch of the military.

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Without Progressive Opposition, Trump Will Win in 2020 and Beyond

Without Progressive Opposition, Trump Will Win in 2020 and Beyond

The Democratic National Committee voted for corporate shill Tom Perez to lead the party over bonafide change agent Keith Ellison.

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School Vouchers Will Indoctrinate a Generation in Alternative Truths

School Vouchers Will Indoctrinate a Generation in Alternative Truths

It’s about creating a generation of adults educated with school vouchers who accept far right ideas about the world as bedrock truths.

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Republicans Suggest Federal Role in Education Be Limited to Bribery

Republicans Suggest Federal Role in Education Be Limited to Bribery

Proposed legislation would turn the U.S. Department of Education into merely an authorizer of block grants for a nationwide voucher program.

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America’s Founding Fathers Were Against School Choice

America’s Founding Fathers Were Against School Choice

The founders thought that without a robust system of public education, our system of self-government just wouldn’t work.

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Randi and Lily, For the Good of Our Unions, Please Step Down. You Are a Distraction

Randi and Lily, For the Good of Our Unions, Please Step Down. You Are a Distraction

Neither one of you made an honest effort to gauge member opinions on these Clinton endorsements before going ahead. You thought you knew better.

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PA Senate Regulates Union Political Spending But Not Corporate Political Spending

PA Senate Regulates Union Political Spending But Not Corporate Political Spending

This is all about protecting contributions to the GOP while weakening such revenue streams to Democrats.

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Betsy DeVos and the Cowardice of Republicans

Betsy DeVos and the Cowardice of Republicans

Betsy DeVos is the least qualified Education Secretary in history. Thanks, Republicans!

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