Tag: Education

Betsy DeVos rewrites the definition of “public schools” to suit her own Christian Dominionist ideology

Betsy DeVos rewrites the definition of “public schools” to suit her own Christian Dominionist ideology

In a presidential administration that seems to function as a turnstile with people coming and going from their positions on a nearly continuous basis, one person seems to be a constant: Betsy DeVos. It’s no surprise, of course. She and her husband and other families members give enormous amounts of money to Republicans. The Center for Responsive Politics found the […]

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It’s not just Michigan: Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers have immiserated teachers across the entire USA

It’s not just Michigan: Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers have immiserated teachers across the entire USA

A couple of weeks ago, I published an essay titled Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers must be so proud: Michigan teacher salaries down 16% from 2009. The title is pretty self-explanatory and the bottom line is that there is a very predictable (and predicted) teacher shortage in our state now because of how we have demonized, diminished, and demeaned […]

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Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers must be so proud: Michigan teacher salaries down 16% from 2009

Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers must be so proud: Michigan teacher salaries down 16% from 2009

It’s taken years of concerted effort but, at long last, Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers can finally claim victory: Teachers in Michigan are now paid less today in both real and corrected-for-inflations dollars. In 2009, the average teacher salary in our state was $63,025. In 2017, the most recent year for which we have data, the average was only […]

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The Stunning Hypocrisy of Betsy DeVos: Class Size Edition

In light of Betsy DeVos’ comments on the benefits of large class sizes and hiring fewer teachers – “In fact, students may be better served by being in larger classes, if by hiring fewer teachers, a district or state can better compensate those who have demonstrated high ability and outstanding results…” – I wanted to share the following statistics from […]

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Beto O’Rourke’s Charter School Problem: Hint–It’s His Wife

Beto O’Rourke’s Charter School Problem: Hint–It’s His Wife

I keep reading about how Amy O’Rourke, Beto’s wife, is a “long time educator“. I may be overly sensitive about this, but to be considered a professional “educator” I believe that a person must have earned a degree (or multiple degrees) in education, have held valid state teacher certification at one time, and have experience as a certified, qualified classroom […]

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[PODCAST] Why do we need to #FireBetsyDeVos and, once she’s gone, what do we need to fix? – With special guest Mitchell Robinson

[PODCAST] Why do we need to #FireBetsyDeVos and, once she’s gone, what do we need to fix? – With special guest Mitchell Robinson

Sign up for our new mailing list at our new website: FireBetsyDeVos.com Mitchell Robinson on Twitter: @MRobMSU Mitchell Robinson’s website: MitchellRobinson.net Mitchell Robinson at Eclectablog: Want to Make Teaching Great Again? Here’s How… Mitchell Robinson at Eclectablog: The Top Five Worst Things Betsy DeVos has Done Since She Took Office Mitchell Robinson at Eclectablog: Cory Booker is a Hard Pass […]

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Betsy & Erik’s Plan to Turn American Institutions into AMWAY Franchises

Betsy & Erik’s Plan to Turn American Institutions into AMWAY Franchises

The Daily Kos has a new piece out today suggesting that–surprise!–the Trump Tower meeting that EVERYONE attending it claimed, insisted, and swore was “no big deal,” was actually–hold on, here’s the twist–a really big deal. Shocker, eh? Now, how absolutely delicious would it be if this whole dumpster fire could be traced back to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and […]

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David and Goliath are Poised for Battle in 2019; Who Will Win the “Education War”?

David and Goliath are Poised for Battle in 2019; Who Will Win the “Education War”?

The war over public education has been waged over the last decade or so by two opposing factions; a battle between David and Goliath, if you will. There are numerous distinctions between the two sides, characterized by issues of wealth and power. “Goliath” in our analogy is the “corporate reform of education” movement and their advance army of standard-bearers, a […]

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Let’s talk about Teach for America…

Let’s talk about Teach for America…

I think we need to start being very intentional with the language we use when referring to organizations like Teach for America (TfA) and the persons who decide to join them–and having made some of the mistakes I’m about to point out myself, I’m taking the liberty of making the following suggestions: • There are no TfA “teachers”–teachers decide to […]

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Betsy DeVos doesn’t know what she doesn’t know about education

Betsy DeVos doesn’t know what she doesn’t know about education

“Parents, by their very nature, should decide what, when, where and how their children learn,” DeVos said. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is at it again. Currently on her second “Rethink Schools” tour, “DeVos will swing by four states: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.” Two tours of public schools in two years on the job–the poor woman must be exhausted. And […]

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Austerity STILL being imposed on Detroit schools, teachers’ list of classroom supplies tragically inadequate as the school year begins

Austerity STILL being imposed on Detroit schools, teachers’ list of classroom supplies tragically inadequate as the school year begins

As classes began this week in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), teachers learned they are beginning the year with the sort of austerity and inadequate supplies that has become the tragic hallmark of this neglected school system. A teacher at one of the high schools in the DPSCD sent me an email received by all of the teachers […]

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