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Betsy DeVos: “Government Sucks” and “We Don’t Fire Teachers Enough” | deutsch29



The Racists Roots and Racist Indoctrination of School Choice | gadflyonthewallblog
The Racists Roots and Racist Indoctrination of School Choice | gadflyonthewallblog : The Racists Roots and Racist Indoctrination of School Choice “Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, subsidizes, or results in racial discrimination.” -President John F. Kennedy “Injustice anywhere is a threat to jus
Child Poverty – America and Connecticut are failing our youngest… - Wait What?
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Sunday morning coming down. | Fred Klonsky
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CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Last Sunday Before Trumpistan Edition + Catch up with CURMUDGUCATION
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Political Road Map: The rules for how California pays for its schools may lead to a surprising result this year - LA Times
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How Betsy DeVos Used God and Amway to Take Over Michigan Politics - POLITICO Magazine
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Betsy DeVos: “Government Sucks” and “We Don’t Fire Teachers Enough” | deutsch29
Betsy DeVos: “Government Sucks” and “We Don’t Fire Teachers Enough” | deutsch29 : Betsy DeVos: “Government Sucks” and “We Don’t Fire Teachers Enough” In March 2015, US secretary of education nominee gave this 9-page speech at the SxSW conference in Texas in 2015. The title of DeVos’ speech is “Competition, Creativity and Choice in the Classroom.” Below are some excerpts: As a kid I grew up middle

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The Racists Roots and Racist Indoctrination of School Choice | gadflyonthewallblog

The Racists Roots and Racist Indoctrination of School Choice | gadflyonthewallblog:

The Racists Roots and Racist Indoctrination of School Choice


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“Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, subsidizes, or results in racial discrimination.”
-President John F. Kennedy
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I say they’re pushing for it because voters always turn it down.
Every single referendum held on school choice in the United States has been defeated despite billions of dollars in spending to convince people to vote for it.
But advocates aren’t discouraged that the public isn’t on their side. They have money, and in America that translates to speech.
But don’t think that’s some huge change in policy. The previous administration championed a lighter version of these market-driven plans. The main difference goes like this: Democrats are for charter schools and tax credits for private and parochial schools. Republicans are for anything that calls itself a school getting your tax dollars – charter schools, private schools, religious schools – if some charlatan opens a stand on the side of the road with the word “school”in the title, they get tax dollars.
In all this rush to give away federal and state money, no political party really champions traditional public schoolsNinety percent of children attend them. In opinion polls, a majority of Americans like their local community schools. But like most things Americans want, politics goes the other way. Universal healthcare? Have Romneycare. Universal background checks on all gun sales? Nah. That sort of thing.
However, what often gets lost in the rush of politicians cashing in on this policy is its The Racists Roots and Racist Indoctrination of School Choice | gadflyonthewallblog:
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Child Poverty – America and Connecticut are failing our youngest… - Wait What?

Child Poverty – America and Connecticut are failing our youngest… - Wait What?:

Child Poverty – America and Connecticut are failing our youngest…


In 2001, a Connecticut Commission set the goal of reducing child poverty by 50% over the next decade.  Ten years later, the poverty rate hadn’t gone down, in fact it had doubled.
And the problem remains as severe today, a decade and a half after the state of Connecticut committed to make a profound impact on the level of child poverty in the state.
As Connecticut Voices for Children recently reported,
In Connecticut today, child poverty for non-Hispanic white children is 6 percent, compared to 33 percent for Latino children and 28 for black children. The child poverty rate in Stamford (6.7 percent) contrasts dramatically with that in New Haven (46.6 percent).
In 2015, 14.5 percent of the state’s children (more than 100,000) lived in poverty, more than three percentage points higher than pre-recession levels.
Child poverty rates across many cities and counties are more than double the statewide average and 25 times more than in the state’s wealthiest towns
But as CT Voices goes on to explain,
Over the past twenty-five years, the share of our budget dedicated to children has fallen by a quarter, from 40 to 29.5 percent. It should come as no surprise that as state policy priorities have moved away from children and families, the existing disparities in wellbeing and opportunity have only grown.
Failing our children is not only a Connecticut legacy, it has become the Child Poverty – America and Connecticut are failing our youngest… - Wait What?:


Sunday morning coming down. | Fred Klonsky

Sunday morning coming down. | Fred Klonsky:

Sunday morning coming down.



Other Democrats as well as anti-Trump Republicans are reluctant to acknowledge the scale of our crisis, because our institutions may not be strong enough to cope with it.

On CNN, David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, said he was “not comfortable” with Lewis’ words, making an argument that echoed Rubio’s. “The greatest triumph for Russia would be to legitimate their charges about our democracy,” he said. “I worry about our institutions. I worry that we’re in this mad cycle of destruction. I understand the outrage. But where is this all going?”
This is a legitimate fear: Nobody knows where this is all going. Democrats particularly are in a difficult position, because they want to uphold basic political norms, but doing so alone, while the other side shamelessly flouts them, puts them at a constant disadvantage. The peaceful transition of power is a cherished value of our democracy. But it’s not the only value, or the highest one. It should not require us to sleepwalk into authoritarianism. If the price for preserving our democracy is pretending that our would-be god-king-emperor has clothes, then it’s already rotted beyond repair. Michelle Goldberg, Slate
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The Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association’s executive board voted recently to endorse U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as chairman Sunday morning coming down. | Fred Klonsky:





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