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Evidence Can Be Such A Downer: Worker Retraining

job retraining

Last week in Indiana, as our legislature geared up for its short session, Governor Holcomb delivered his State of the State address. One of the major emphases of that speech was about the importance of worker retraining. Gov. Eric Holcomb used his nearly 30-minute speech Tuesday night to set some lofty goals, primarily in the area of educating and training Hoosier workers. […]

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Normalizing Segregation: The Ongoing Charter Schools Problem

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

George Wallace, the former Governor of Alabama,  is most remembered for his defiant opposition to school integration, and his statement “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” Reading about his efforts today, we tend to assign him to the wrong side of history and dismiss him, but I’m beginning to worry  that his statement was more predictive than defiant. A few […]

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Voucher Programs and the Constitutional Ethic

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[Co-written with Cullen Merritt] ABSTRACT America’s public schools have not been exempt from the enthusiasm for “privatization” and contracting-out that has characterized government innovations over at least the past quarter century. A number of the issues raised by school voucher programs and to a lesser extent charter schools mirror the management and efficacy questions raised by privatization generally; however, because public […]

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School Privatization & Vouchers Aren’t Educational Reform

voucher programs and privatization harm public schools

Not every policy change is a reform, and I’m getting more than a little annoyed by efforts to paint things like tax cuts and voucher programs as “reforms.” I’ve explained in previous posts why the abominable tax bill currently being rushed through Congress isn’t “reform.”  In several states, including Indiana, theocrats intent upon taking tax dollars from public school systems […]

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Easy To Destroy; How Long To Repair?

Scott Walker and Wisconsin education

A friend who lives in Wisconsin occasionally sends me items from newspapers in that state that he thinks will interest me. Most have obvious implications for other states–and since Scott Walker became Governor, those implications have tended to range from worrisome to terrifying. The most recent news from what I’ve come to call “the frontier of shooting yourself in the […]

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Tax Policy Winners And Losers

I’ve posted previously about the GOP’s tax “reform” plan, and some of the truly despicable provisions hidden in the fine print. As more details emerge, it appears that my list–like the one below–barely scratches the surface. Whatever the arguments in favor of the $1 trillion in corporate tax breaks contemplated by the measure, the original idea–the justification for reducing the rate– was that […]

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Virginia School Board Candidate Targets LGBTQ Teenager [UPDATED]

John Kinchen

[UPDATE – November 8, 2017 at 10AM ET] Barbara Rypkema defeated John Kinchen for school board, Timberlake District during voting last night. It’s unknown whether this campaign ad had an effect on voting, but regardless, the voters of Campbell County have spoken. [ORIGINAL STORY] John Kinchen, a candidate in the Campbell County School Board in Virginia, singled out a gay teenager […]

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Stuck In The Swamp: Betsy DeVos & For-Profit Colleges

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Can you stand one more diatribe about Betsy DeVos? According to Gail Collins at the New York Times, DeVos isn’t just devoting herself to the destruction of public elementary and high schools. She’s after public universities too. DeVos is the superrich Republican donor who once led a crusade to reform troubled Michigan public schools by turning them into truly terrible private ones. […]

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Louisiana School District Called Out Again For Religious Proselytizing

Bossier Parish school prayer

The Bossier Parish, Louisiana school district is back in the news again this week as an elementary teacher faces allegations of conducting open prayer with students in her classroom. The allegation follows recent controversy where the parish’s high school faced national backlash over a letter sent to all students (and their parents) threatening to punish any student athlete who engages in silent […]

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Choice & Consequences: The Devastating Effects of “School Choice”

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As regular readers of this blog know (and as yesterday’s post confirmed) I am not a fan of school vouchers. My concerns range from the philosophical to the practical, and the emerging research has confirmed most of the practical ones. One consequence of voucher programs that is rarely, if ever, addressed (although, I will immodestly point out that I have addressed […]

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