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Courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.

We Measure What We Treasure, and Other Myths About Education Policy…

I received a phone call from a music teacher last night whose principal had recently marked her down on an unannounced, “drive-by” observation…because the students “weren’t engaged.” When she asked how the principal had come up with that rating, she was told the “evidence” upon which the comment was made was based on the principal’s observation that “only 10% of […]

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ATTENTION MICHIGANDERS! Now is the time to request an absentee ballot for the March primary election!

ATTENTION MICHIGANDERS! Now is the time to request an absentee ballot for the March primary election!

With the March 2020 Presidential Primary Election right around the corner, county, city, and township clerks are making preparations. We are also seeing an increase in voters utilizing the opportunity to vote via absent voter (AV) ballot (also known in some states as “Vote at Home”) since the passage of Proposal 3 in 2018. Local clerks are sending out Absent […]

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Please welcome our newest Eclectablogger, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum!

Please welcome our newest Eclectablogger, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum!

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that we have added a new blogger here at Eclectablog. Barb Byrum is a dear friend and a passionate warrior for progressive issues and voting rights & election integrity in particular. Barb is currently in her second term as Ingham County Clerk, serving as the county’s chief elections official. […]

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Diplomacy in Iran hasn’t failed, Donald Trump has – wsg Stephen Miles from Win Without War

Diplomacy in Iran hasn’t failed, Donald Trump has – wsg Stephen Miles from Win Without War

What can and should you say? This president violates the most basic premise and purpose of his office: To represent Americans and govern for our wellbeing. — Anat Shenker-Osorio (@anatosaurus) January 4, 2020 Stephen Miles on Twitter: @SPMiles42 Win Without War on Twitter: @WinWithoutWar Win Without War’s website: WinWithoutWar.org Jordan Zakarin on Twitter: @JordanZakarin Progressives Everywhere on Twitter: @Progressives50 Help […]

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Enbridge construction debris described as no “safety or environmental risk” nearly spears the 67-year-old pipeline

Enbridge construction debris described as no “safety or environmental risk” nearly spears the 67-year-old pipeline

We’ve been writing about Line 5, Enbridge’s 67-year-old twin pipelines under the straights of Mackinac for 5 years now: June 23, 2015 — Enbridge Line 5 pipeline beneath Straits of Mackinac – too old, unsafe, and a threat to the Great Lakes September 10, 2015 — As protesters call for Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline to be shut down, Enbridge […]

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Trump is celebrating war crimes and promoting the mass execution of his enemies — where is the 🚨Civility Police🚨?

Trump is celebrating war crimes and promoting the mass execution of his enemies — where is the 🚨Civility Police🚨?

Welcome to 2020 Recall the great civility freakout of 2018. Polite society rose up to speak on behalf poor Sarah Huckabee Sanders who — in the midst of an uproar over the unlawful kidnapping of thousands of children, many of whom still haven’t been returned to their families, by this administration — was asked to leave a restaurant after receiving […]

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“Two North” – A true Christmas story

“Two North” – A true Christmas story

“Two North” is a story about a Christmas when I was in grade school during a period when my mom was spending time on the psychiatric ward of our town’s hospital after trying to commit suicide to escape a physically-abusive husband. I was thirteen. It was a cataclysmic event in our lives but it brought us together into a two-person […]

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Impeachment must be about protecting voters from Trump stealing the 2020 election

Impeachment must be about protecting voters from Trump stealing the 2020 election

The case for Trump’s impeachment is proven but the message must be hammered New documents sent to the Center for Public Integrity confirm both articles of impeachment for Donald Trump passed by the House of Representatives last week. In files a court ordered the Department of Defense to release on Friday, we learn that Trump asked about aid to the […]

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Thanks, Betsy DeVos – with special guest Mitchell Robinson

Thanks, Betsy DeVos – with special guest Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson on Twitter: @MRobMSU Mitchell Robinson at Eclectablog: Rating the Presidential Candidates at the Public Education Forum…with the Danielson Teacher Evaluation Rubric! Eddie Scarry at the Washington Examiner: Betsy DeVos has cut 600 staff positions at the Department of Education Danielle Douglas-Gabriel at The Washington Post: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to spin off federal student aid office into […]

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Photo credit: Steven Singer

ProTips, Holiday Edition: Avoiding the “Corporate-Reform-Agenda-Propaganda” (i.e., CRAP)

In the aftermath of the recent Public Education Forum in Pittsburgh last week, I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of education reform related posts on social media. Unfortunately, just as with our more strictly political dialogue these days, it can be difficult to distinguish between facts and “Corporate-Reform-Agenda-Propaganda” (i.e., CRAP), or #alternativefacts. In the spirit of giving, I offer […]

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The one huge assertion in the whistleblower’s complaint that still must be investigated

The one huge assertion in the whistleblower’s complaint that still must be investigated

We need to know William Barr’s role in the Ukraine scandal Besides all the things he wasn’t impeached for, the most remarkable thing about the impeachment of Donald Trump is how accurate the whistleblower’s complaint has turned out to be. This was a point Marcy Wheeler made to us several weeks back, and she suggested that this is why Trump […]

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