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Gail Collins at Her Best, Again

Gail Collins at Her Best, Again

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 that she is really funny. This column today has some good laughs. She begins like this: Pick your favorite irony: 1) Donald […]

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E.J. Dionne: The Norms of Government Are Collapsing Before Our Eyes

E.J. Dionne: The Norms of Government Are Collapsing Before Our Eyes

Trump is not normal. Nothing he does is normal. Yesterday at a campaign rally, he boasted that he could be the most presidential president since Lincoln. That is, if he wanted to. He likes to compare himself to Lincoln. E.J. Dionne warns that we are headed into unchartered territory, and the norms of government are […]

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

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

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 alternative to public schools, she has put pro-school choice Democrats like Cory Booker into a bind. Booker has vociferously supported both charters […]

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

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

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 on July 20 about school choice and her vision for dismantling federal support for our public schools. In her speech, DeVos praised […]

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Peter Greene: How to Identify the Real Reformers

Peter Greene: How to Identify the Real Reformers

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 only accountability is accountability based on test scores. Parents should have control of who gets the money attached to their child. And […]

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When Hospitals Privatize Emergency Care, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

When Hospitals Privatize Emergency Care, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The New York Times revealed what happened when a hospital decided to turn its emergency room services over to a private contractor. https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/upshot/the-company-behind-many-surprise-emergency-room-bills.amp.html “Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had been struggling […]

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NAACP Demands Reform of Charters!

NAACP Demands Reform of Charters!

The NAACP today released a strong report demanding the reform and regulation the charter school industry. The NAACP report calls for a flat prohibition of for- profit charters and for-profit charter management companies. It says that only school districts should be allowed to authorize charters. It says that charter teachers should be certified. The task […]

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Steven Singer: The Rank Hypocrisy of the Destroy-Public-Education Campaign for Defending Segregation

Steven Singer: The Rank Hypocrisy of the Destroy-Public-Education Campaign for Defending Segregation

Steve Singer calls out the Destroy-Public-Education campaign for their attacks on Randi Weingarten. It’s not because he is a fan of Randi’s, but because he doesn’t like hypocrisy. Charter schools are more segregated than public schools, even in districts that have high levels of racial segregation. Charters don’t mind being 100% black or Hispanic. It’s […]

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After Charter Scandal, California Charter School Association Says: “No Accountability Needed”

After Charter Scandal, California Charter School Association Says: “No Accountability Needed”

The Tri-Valley Learning Corporation charter chain in California was caught in a massive scandal, after millions of dollars of taxpayer money went missing. Some in the legislature thought this was proof of the need for stronger oversight and accountability. But the California Charter School Association, rolling in billionaire dough from the likes of Reed Hastings […]

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Stephen Dyer: Weep Not for ECOT! Its Profits Are Secure

Stephen Dyer: Weep Not for ECOT! Its Profits Are Secure

Stephen Dyer writes from Ohio about the unfolding saga of ECOT, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. http://10thperiod.blogspot.com/2017/07/even-with-layoffs-ecot-will-make-killing.html?m=1 It was recently ordered by a state court to return $60 million that it had charged for educating students who never logged on. ECOT complained bitterly, but the state audit showed that its enrollment figures were inflated. ECOT […]

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Trump and the Golden Age of Stupidity

Trump and the Golden Age of Stupidity

David Rothkopf catches the essence of the Trump era: It is America’s “Golden Age of Stupidity.” “Hello, you have reached the United States of America. We’re sorry no one is here to take your call right now. We have taken leave of our senses and are unsure when they’ll return. Please try again in three-and-a-half […]

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The Washington Post: How Low Can Trump Go?

The Washington Post: How Low Can Trump Go?

This Washington Post editorial rightly calls out Trump’s unseemly behavior, first, by calling on Attorney General Sessions to open a criminal investigation of his defeated political opponent, who was previously investigated by the FBI; and second, by turning the Boy Scout Jamboree into an opportunity to belittle former President Obama and call the nation’s capitol […]

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Texas: State Senate Passes Voucher Bill, Again

Texas: State Senate Passes Voucher Bill, Again

For the umpteenth time, the Texas state senate passed a voucher bill for students with disabilities. It is heading now for the House. Up until now, the House (also Republican controlled) has turned down the senate’s voucher bill. The House of Representatives believes in local control. The state senate believes in Betsy DeVos and ALEC. […]

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What Trump Told the Boy Scouts

What Trump Told the Boy Scouts

Let’s say for the moment that you are the President. Let’s say you are addressing the national convention of the Boy Scouts. What would you say to them? I would talk about the value of their organization in teaching character: integrity, hard work, kindness, and other virtues. I would talk about Boy Scouts who grew […]

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Scientific American: Vouchers Don’t Produce Better Results So Why is the Trump Administration Pushing Them?

Scientific American: Vouchers Don’t Produce Better Results So Why is the Trump Administration Pushing Them?

Veteran journalist Peg Tyre reviews the research on vouchers in Scientific American and finds little reason for the Trump administration to add federal support to a national voucher program. Despite any sound evidence, Trump and Betsy DeVos have made vouchers the centerpiece of federal policy. “Because the Trump administration has championed vouchers as an innovative […]

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Nancy Bailey: Bill Gates Wonders What the Purpose of Life Might Be

Nancy Bailey: Bill Gates Wonders What the Purpose of Life Might Be

Nancy Bailey read a post written by Bill Gates (or his writer). It seems he read a book that led him to write a post called “The Purpose Problem: What If People Run Out of Things to Do?” Nancy responded here. I can say that the purpose problem could be very troubling for a billionaire. […]

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