DeVos’s antagonism toward unions shows not only her disrespect for teachers but also how her animosity toward organized teachers warps her understanding of issues. Read more

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The grizzlies are restless. Read more



David Shankbone

The words “choice” and “accredited” sound reassuring, but they actually provide no guarantee at all. Read more

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Gage Skidmore

Betsy DeVos doesn't care about how charters and vouchers are performing, because there is no place for public education in her worldview or political agenda. Read more

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2017 was a rough year for public schools. But there is hope ahead. Read more

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Through a potent mix of policy and public shaming, state leaders, including Governor Rick Scott, may be starving the state’s public education system to death. Read more

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Gage Skidmore

The Education Secretary let it all hang out at the tenth annual National Summit on Education Reform. Her remarks to the exceptionally friendly crowd are worth a close look. Read more

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The Tar Heel state shows how charter schools turn education funding into a contest that divides communities and segregates students. Read more

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DeVos has spent a lot of money to advance rightwing social engineering. Read more



Gage Skidmore

The Department of Education’s new proposed priorities for deciding who to gets grant money says a lot about how DeVos will wield her power. Read more

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Beyond the Rocketship hype is a galaxy of problems, including plummeting test scores, litigation and allegations of student mistreatment. Read more

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Ted Eytan

Thousands of my colleagues and I will surround the building where you are speaking at a $350-a-person fundraising dinner for "free-market solutions." We will let the world know your message of division is not welcome. Read more

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It’s not about student success. It’s about pushing privatized, market forces onto public institutions to make a buck. Read more

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Over 246 higher education sites are being investigated for Title IX “sexual-violence complaints.” In comparison, over 135 K-12 school districts are currently under investigation for similar complaints. Read more

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In defense of the "whole child"— cuz that's what comes to school. Read more



Gage Skidmore

But let's be clear: at the root of DeVos’s approach is the devaluation and eventual abolition of the public sphere, which often goes together with tax cuts for the wealthy. Read more

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Most of my students have only deepened their commitment to do what Trump will not: honestly explore and enact how best to live on Earth. Read more

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John Stavely

Trump’s education budget cuts $9.2 billion of federal outlays to public schools, and eliminates twenty-two programs - But Betsy DeVos claims her department's budget prioritizes “what’s working.” Read more

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This sacrifice of public education at the altar of unproven, rightwing ideological experiments is appalling, even for this gang. Read more

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Let's follow Bethune’s students example and not accept false choices. Let’s fight for the agency and power that provides the truest “choice” to all: equity. Read more

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