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Every student should have the choice of a good school

Bertis Downs is a public school parent in Athens, Georgia. He is also an activist for public education and a member of the board of Network for Oublic Education. He wrote this column about why he and his wife chose their local public schools, published by Valerie Strauss on the Answer Sheet blog. Downs […] via… Continue reading Every student should have the choice of a good school

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DeVos has done to Michigan and Detroit–not with vouchers, but with unregulated, unaccountable charters.

For nearly a decade, public schools have been under siege by politicians and pundits. The biggest salve before now was the fraudulent propaganda film “Waiting for Superman,” which gathered together all the lies about teachers, unions, “failing” public schools, and charter-schools-to-the rescue. It launched the full frontal attack, funded by Wall Street, the Waltons, Eli […]… Continue reading DeVos has done to Michigan and Detroit–not with vouchers, but with unregulated, unaccountable charters.

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Worried about ‘potential grizzlies?’

Americans are very entrepreneurial. Here is a gentleman in Alabama who learned of the grizzly bear problem in American schools, and he has come up with some mighty fine ways to deal with the bear problem. And you don’t need a gun to control the critters. via If You Have Been Worried About Grizzly Bear Attacks… Continue reading Worried about ‘potential grizzlies?’

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On the board of the Family Research Council, “clerical error?”

Betsy DeVos testified to the Senate committee at her confirmation hearing that she was not a director of her mother’s foundation, although tax returns for 13 years list her as vice-president the board. Her mother was a founder and generous funder of Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, both of which are […]… Continue reading On the board of the Family Research Council, “clerical error?”

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Family Research Council, “clerical error?”

Betsy DeVos testified to the Senate committee at her confirmation hearing that she was not a director of her mother’s foundation, although tax returns for 13 years list her as vice-president the board. Her mother was a founder and generous funder of Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, both of which are […]… Continue reading Family Research Council, “clerical error?”

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Federal School Improvement Grants have no effect on test scores

This morning, I posted an evaluation by Mathematica Policy Research, which concluded that the federal School Improvement Grants had no effect on test scores. A reader named Sara explains here why the SIG program failed, after spending $3.5 billion: The SIG required certain interventions and did not give any autonomy or decision making […] via Reader:… Continue reading Federal School Improvement Grants have no effect on test scores

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Promising examples of programs around the country working to sustain pre-K gains

A recent report published by the Department of Education offers promising examples of programs around the country working to sustain pre-K gains by aligning standards, curriculum, and instructional practices from pre-kindergarten through third grade (referred to as PreK-3rd, or P-3, alignment). The idea of PreK-3rd alignment is a simple, yet important one - to more… via… Continue reading Promising examples of programs around the country working to sustain pre-K gains

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Diane Ravitch weighs in on DeVos’ credentials and what she may do as secretary of education

In case you want to listen for 10 minutes about why Betsy DeVos should not be confirmed, here is the link. Also, I will be on the Chris Hayes show tonight on MSNBC. Same topic. via My Interview on NPR “The Takeaway” re Betsy DeVos — Diane Ravitch's blog