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Trump XVI - Make Americas Schools Great Again

I wrote a letter to the editor of our local newspaper, the Valley News, and in the email that included the letter I indicated a willingness to submit an op ed piece. 1,084 more words

Pete Tucker: Thank the Koch Brothers for Trump's Election

Pete Tucker, D.C. journalist, says that the power behind the Trump candidacy were the infamous rightwing billionaire Koch brothers.

If you need documentation, read Jane Mayer’s investigative book, … 328 more words


Julie Vassilatos: Betsy DeVos and the Zombie Apocalypse

Julie Vassilatos, an activist parent of children in the Chicago public schools, writes here about Betsy DeVos.

She begins by offering a round up of some of the best posts about DeVos. 353 more words

Charter Schools

Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages, and obsessions in The Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories and fever swamps, Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2016

consumer protection

rhetorical claim: Borrowers need and want payday lenders, and the federal government should completely deregulate the industry,  and eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  1,103 more words


John Thompson on the Reformers' Dilemma: To Trump or Not to Trump

For the past eight years, we collectively have had to figure out how to cope with lovers of privatization who claimed that they were reformers. They wanted to “save poor kids from failing schools” by opening privately managed charters that were all too often academically weak and financially unaccountable. 1,385 more words

Charter Schools


Somewhere in this, our fair “land of the free,” as we are so fond of bullshitting ourselves, there are pockets of really wealthy people sitting around over cocktails, caviar, and the finest Peruvian flake money can buy, doubled over with laughter at how… 526 more words


Nancy Flanagan: How School Choice in Michigan Promtes Segregation

Nancy Flanagan is retired from a distinguished career as a teacher in Michigan. She sent the following comment accompanied by this article about how school choice has increased segregation in the public schools of Holland, Michigan. 207 more words