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The Top Five Worst Things Betsy DeVos has Done Since She Took Office

The Top Five Worst Things Betsy DeVos has Done Since She Took Office

It wasn’t easy narrowing this list down to just 5 things, but here we go! She Set the Predatory Lenders Free. By gutting regulations intended to protect students, many of whom are veterans, minorities, and first-generation college attendees, from being defrauded by predatory schools and colleges, Betsy has put the interests of these for-profit colleges—some of which she has personal financial […]

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The continuing (mis)education of Eva Moskowitz…

In this installment of The Charter School Follies we meet our hero, Eva Moskowitz, the CEO and founder of one of America’s most well-known “No Excuses” charter management corporations, Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City. Ms. Moskowitz, who never studied education, never taught in a public school, and “thought half of her teachers in high school were incompetent”, shares in […]

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Americans Need a Damn Raise

Americans Need a Damn Raise

Americans work too hard and make too little — and Republicans want to keep it that way You’ve probably seen this chart that shows that when adjusted for inflation, wages are down since July of last year: Despite the strength of the economy Trump inherited, most of the growth — like most of the tax cuts Republicans passed — is […]

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Photo Credit: Anne Savage

A true social justice warrior has passed. Godspeed, Tony Trupiano.

Photo by Anne C. Savage Yesterday morning I got a text from my friend Stephanie White that said, simply, “Sad news about Tony.” I hadn’t heard any news but I knew which “Tony” she meant. I know several Tonys but THE Tony is and has always been Tony Trupiano. I went to Facebook and quickly saw what I was terrified […]

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Betsy DeVos says charter schools are the Uber or Lyft of “school choice”–and that’s not a good thing

Betsy DeVos says charter schools are the Uber or Lyft of “school choice”–and that’s not a good thing

Secretary of Education and Saturday Night Live fixture Betsy DeVos is fond of saying that picking a school should be as easy as choosing an Uber or a Lyft. She bases this belief on the economic theories that buttress much of the neo-liberal and conservative approach to education reform: As economist Milton Friedman had theorized decades earlier, Ohio legislators believed […]

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Help out a graduate student by taking this survey on the role that emotion plays in politics (PSST! It’s FUN!)

Help out a graduate student by taking this survey on the role that emotion plays in politics (PSST! It’s FUN!)

A team of researchers from Stony Brook University have asked us to help them study the role that emotion plays in politics. I have completed the survey myself and I actually found it to be very interesting and kinda fun! The survey is completely anonymous and it only took me a few minutes to finish. Click HERE to begin the […]

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Husks from avocados, normally discarded, yield plethora of medicinal compounds used to fight cancer & other illnesses

Husks from avocados, normally discarded, yield plethora of medicinal compounds used to fight cancer & other illnesses

Sometimes we need to take a break from politics to marvel at how badass science is. And, given the current situation, there’s no time like NOW! Plus I’m a scientist so I just can’t help myself. Last week, scientists from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley presented a paper at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American […]

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EXCLUSIVE interview with Congressman Dan Kildee on July 16 Indivisible Health Care Town Halls

EXCLUSIVE interview with Congressman Dan Kildee on July 16 Indivisible Health Care Town Halls

Michigan Indivisible groups to hold health care town halls in two districts where constituents want answers from their Republican representatives. It’s tempting to feel cynical about American politics right now. But if Congressman Dan Kildee still has faith in democracy, who are any of us to argue? After all, the Democratic Congressman from Flint, Michigan, has witnessed more than his […]

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Walberg and the GOP vote to put us back at the mercy of the big banks

Walberg and the GOP vote to put us back at the mercy of the big banks

Billionaires from New York city can count on Walberg’s vote, Michiganders can’t Like Donald Trump, Tim Walberg always seems to be on the lookout for ways to hurt the voters of Michigan’s 7th district, which Walberg allegedly serves. He’s already voted to uninsure 33,700 of his constituents, putting 14,390 with pre-existing conditions at risk of never being able to find […]

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from: https://today.ucf.edu/deal-moves-teaching-simulator-developed-at-ucf-into-private-sector/

The “Brave New World” of Teacher Evaluation

Just when you think the masters of the universe who run the corporate reform movement can’t be even more clueless, you catch wind of the newest effort to turn education into a profit-generating endeavor–this time, a hare-brained scheme to evaluate student teachers, by…and I swear I’m not making this up…observing them as they pretend to teach…wait for it…a fake “classroom” […]

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Gig Economy Graphic | by Senator Mark Warner

Beware the “Gig Economy” version of education

A recent blog post by Morna McDermott at Educationalchemy.com connects the dots between the recent surge in popularity of the new “Gig Economy” and unsavory influences from the usual suspects in the corporate education reform agenda, ALEC and Pearson. McDermott points out the K12 aspects of this connection (i.e., Competency Based Education (CBE) as an “alternative” to actual classroom learning, […]

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