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Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste: Michigan Ed Reform Edition

Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste: Michigan Ed Reform Edition

If you’ve seen your teacher friends warning about the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic providing an opportunity for unscrupulous education reformers, like US Secretary of Education and serial public school defunder, Betsy DeVos, to dismantle our system of public schools and wondered to yourself, “Now how would these people do that?”…here’s how. In the Utica (MI) Community Schools (UCS), the […]

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Schools Are Not the Problem

Schools Are Not the Problem

If children are at more risk out of school than in school, then the problem isn’t school. If kids who aren’t in school are hungry, then increase funding to food pantries and community kitchens. (BTW–many public schools have been feeding kids all summer.) If kids who aren’t in school are in greater danger of abuse, then improve child protective services, […]

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Dilbert’s Scott Adams is the prototypical Trump fan

Dilbert’s Scott Adams is the prototypical Trump fan

Rich, whiny, with an unconscionable grudge against women and minorities Imagine after staking out a very successful career peddling flabby, relatable office humor that mocks unearned arrogance and managerial incompetence, you make the discovery of a lifetime. You — a trained hypnotist and heretofore unacknowledged Master Persuader — have spotted a gifted manipulator whose Persuasion skills may even exceed your […]

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Legislature: Do Your Job

Legislature should do their job, pass laws to make elections smoother The recent spat between Sen. Ruth Johnson and Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson regarding Benson’s mailing of absentee ballot applications to Michigan voters is not productive as we approach a significant presidential election in November and during a global pandemic. Instead of further spreading the misinformed claims made by […]

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A conversation with prison abolitionist Miriame Kaba

A conversation with prison abolitionist Miriame Kaba

The original podcast where this interview was aired is HERE. Mariame Kaba’s personal website: MariameKaba.com Mariame Kaba on Twitter: @PrisonCulture Mariame Kaba at The New Inquiry: Free Us All Info on the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) at Mariame Kaba’s site U.S. Prison Culture: What is the PIC? Info on Abolition and the Prison Industrial Complex at CriticalResistance.org: What is the […]

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Let’s Talk About “Reopening Schools”

Let’s Talk About “Reopening Schools”

Like many of us, I’ve been paying close attention to the various plans and suggestions for “reopening schools” this fall. It’s been more than a tad confusing to track the various recommendations coming from partisan legislative groups, professional associations, school district task forces, and the governor’s advisory board on reopening schools.I wish more than anything that there was more clear […]

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A system designed only to benefit born-billionaire Betsy DeVos – with special guest columnist Helaine Olen

A system designed only to benefit born-billionaire Betsy DeVos – with special guest columnist Helaine Olen

Helaine Olen on Twitter: @HelaineOlen Buy Helaine’s book Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry HERE. Helaine Olen’s work at The Washington Post is HERE. Helaine Olen at The Washington Post: Betsy DeVos is an abysmal failure and our nation’s schoolchildren are paying the price Helaine Olen at The Washington Post: We’re in a pandemic. Why […]

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Defunding the police in Detroit schools: A youth perspective

Defunding the police in Detroit schools: A youth perspective

The following essay was written by students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. At a time when the Overton Window view about the role of policing in our society is shifting ever more to the left, their voice is important and deserves to be heard. Organized by the group 482Forward which is working for a quality education for EVERY […]

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How the rich weaponized racism – with special guest Dr. Ian Haney-López

How the rich weaponized racism – with special guest Dr. Ian Haney-López

Dr. Ian Haney-López on Twitter: @IanHaneyLopez Ian Haney-López’s website: IanHaneyLopez.com Purchase Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America HERE. To fight racism, follow the money. #DogWhistlePolitics #MassIncarceration #DefundPolice #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/iyTyFmXV4J — Ian Haney Lopez (@IanHaneyLopez) June 15, 2020 Help Progressives Everywhere help elect Joanna Cattanach in Texas’s 108th House District by clicking HERE. Read Jordan’s interview […]

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On Juneteenth, remember that #BlackLivesMatter is just the beginning – of the sentence & the movement – not the end

On Juneteenth, remember that #BlackLivesMatter is just the beginning – of the sentence & the movement – not the end

Black Lives Matter… …but our laws don’t reflect that. …but our criminal justice system doesn’t reflect that. …but too many police officers don’t act like they do. …but too many Americans don’t act like they believe that. …but in so, so many ways, they don’t seem to matter as much as white lives. Following the heinous murder of George Floyd […]

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The folks who almost killed America – with very special guest Rochelle Riley

The folks who almost killed America – with very special guest Rochelle Riley

Rochelle Riley on Twitter: @RochelleRiley The Detroit Arts, Culture & Entrepreneurship (ACE): @DetroitACES Rochelle Riley’s website: RochelleRiley.com To purchase Rochelle Riley’s book The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, click HERE. Read more about The Burden HERE. Help Progressives Everywhere help elect Sara Tindall Ghazal in Georgia’s 45th House District by clicking HERE. Click HERE to donate […]

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