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Kenneth Zeichner: Betsy DeVos Would be a Disaster for America’s Public Schools

Kenneth Zeichner: Betsy DeVos Would be a Disaster for America’s Public Schools

Ken Zeichner, professor of teacher education at the University of Washington, warns that Betsy DeVos is unqualified to serve as Secretary of Education. Her efforts have been devoted to undermining public education and promoting public funding for religious schools. This is dangerous to a democratic society. He urges her defeat by the Senate Committee that […]

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Trump Shocks Europe by Deriding NATO and European Union: LINK FIXED

Trump Shocks Europe by Deriding NATO and European Union: LINK FIXED

OK, this is not a foreign affairs blog, it is an education blog. But these days we can’t wall ourselves off from the fact that the incoming president of the United States is ignorant, destructive, and ready to throw away the rest of the world, except for Russia.   Trump stunned European leaders by belittling […]

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Greg Palast: How Trump Stole the Presidency

Greg Palast: How Trump Stole the Presidency

GregPalast.com Join NAACP Voter Fund for Facebook LIVE broadcast of my film on How Trump Stole It   I have a simple request. I’m asking that, this Thursday, at 8pm ET/5pm PT, you join the NAACP-National Voter Fund, Rainbow/PUSH, Josh Fox of Climate Revolution and many, many more––and “share” the Facebook LIVE broadcast of my […]

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An American Kakistocracy: Rule by the Worst

An American Kakistocracy: Rule by the Worst

Thanks, Susan Schwartz, for calling my attention to this column by Paul Krugman and a new word for my vocabulary.   He writes about whether civil rights hero John Lewis showed “disrespect” to Trump by saying that his election was not legitimate.   Of course not. Many questions hang over this election:   By any […]

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Nina Rees Celebrates DeVos and “Choice”

Nina Rees Celebrates DeVos and “Choice”

    Nina Rees thinks Betsy DeVos is a great choice for US Secretary of Education. She would. She is the president and CEO of the National Alliance for “Public” Charter Schools and like DeVos, is devoted to privatization of community public schools.   I first met Nina when she worked for Vice President Dick […]

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Trump’s Foreign Business Empire–and Likely Conflicts

Trump’s Foreign Business Empire–and Likely Conflicts

    The Washington Post published a startling list of Trump’s numerous foreign business ventures. Some with dubious partners. At his press conference a few days ago, Trump made the astonishing claim that a businessman in Dubai offered him a $2 billion deal and he decided to turn it down, even though the president can […]

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Connecticut: Ignore the Hype! Charter Schools Do Not Outperform Public Schools

Connecticut: Ignore the Hype! Charter Schools Do Not Outperform Public Schools

    Robert Cotto Jr. says on Jon Pelto’s blog that charter cheerleaders have oversold the “success” of charter schools. Many charters have fewer students with disabilities and fewer English language learners than public schools.   When demographic differences are taken into account, the charter “success story” goes up in smoke.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Concience of the Nation

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Concience of the Nation

I was never fortunate enough to meet Dr. King, but I was a member of the vast crowd that stood on the Mall when he spoke to the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. I became a good friend of his close aide Bayard Rustin, who like Dr. King, was eloquent and passionate about […]

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Educators in North Texas Unite in Rage Against A-F Grades and Vouchers

Educators in North Texas Unite in Rage Against A-F Grades and Vouchers

The Texas legislature is starting a new session and once again Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (former rightwing talk show host) will lead a fight for vouchers.   Once again, legislators from rural and urban districts–Republicans and Democrats–will combine to defend their community’s public schools. This year, the state launched the failed policy of giving every […]

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Politico: The Powerful DeVos Family: God, America, and Free Enterprise

Politico: The Powerful DeVos Family: God, America, and Free Enterprise

Just when I thought I had read everything I needed to know about the DeVos family, along comes this brilliant investigative article by Zack Stanton of Politico. Stanton shows how powerful the DeVos family is, how it works as a tightly coordinated unit, and how it uses its vast wealth to smash the union movement, […]

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Mercedes Schneider Searches for Betsy DeVos’s Writings

Mercedes Schneider Searches for Betsy DeVos’s Writings

Mercedes Schneider has inexhaustible patience as a researcher. She tried to locate the “publications” that Betsy DeVos submitted to the Senate committee reviewing her qualifications. Some were letters to the editor. Some were press releases (did she write them?). Some were unavailable. Some were about her. It is not clear whether she or an aide […]

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A Poem for Trump in the Style of Dr. Seuss

A Poem for Trump in the Style of Dr. Seuss

A poem in honor of our president-elect:     THE TRUMP, A POEM… By John Pavlovitz   In a land where the states are united, they claim, In a sky-scraping tower adorned with his name, Lived a terrible, horrible, devious chump, The bright orange miscreant known as “The Trump”.   This Trump he was mean, […]

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Mercedes Schneider: Whatever Happened to the Authors of the Common Core?

Mercedes Schneider: Whatever Happened to the Authors of the Common Core?

Mercedes Schneider wrote a book about the origins of the Common Core and probably knows more about it than almost anyone but David Coleman, its celebrated architect.   In this post, she reports on her search for Coleman’s group called Student Achievement Partners, which won millions to write the standards.   Coleman has gone on […]

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Please Watch and Share: What DeVos Did to Detroit

Please Watch and Share: What DeVos Did to Detroit

Excellent video on DeVos focusing on failure of charter schools in Detroit/Michigan, her support of for-profit charters; privatization agenda. Less than 10 minutes long; well produced; interviews with parents, film clips, etc.   Please circulate, especially to people who will call Senators on Health, Education, Labor Committee. DeVos hearing is this Tuesday.   Facebook link: […]

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Carol Burris in Pennsylvania: How Charters Are Hurting Good Schools

Carol Burris in Pennsylvania: How Charters Are Hurting Good Schools

Carol Burris has been traveling the country, meeting with educators. Parents, and local officials to learn how charter schools are working, how they affect the local public schools.   She wrote a four-part series about the charter mess in California. This article is about Pennsylvania, specifically about Bethlehem, which has a good school system. The […]

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North Carolina’s Exclusionary Voucher Schools

North Carolina’s Exclusionary Voucher Schools

‪https://tcf.org/content/commentary/second-class-students-vouchers-exclude/‬   Kimberly Quick of The Century Foundation describes the many exclusionary policies of North Carolina’s voucher schools.   Here is a sampling:   Conservative education reformers have aggressively marketed the expansion of K–12 private school voucher programs as a method to increase access to educational options. Their arguments begin to break down, however, when […]

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