It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.

July 4 is a great time to reflect on what our democratic experiment has accomplished so far. It's an even better time to think about what we have left to accomplish.

Is anyone else exhausted? I know I am. But we had an ideologue on our campus this week and, oddly enough, I think he has helped point a way forward.

Investigative reporting done by students at the Booster Redux in Pittsburg, Kansas uncovered serious inconsistencies in the resume of their principal and forced her to resign. They might have uncovered something even more important inthe process.

Did you hear the one about the school that made the kid turn his t-shirt inside out during testing because it had words on it? Read on.

Mick Mulvaney, the reverse Robin Hood, thinks after school programs that provide food to kids are a waste of money and an insult to hard working Americans. What world does he live in?

Jennifer Steele has made a heroic attempt to convince us that Betsy DeVos actually deserves a lot more credit than she's been getting for her performance as secretary of education since she took the job. Is she right? I don't think so.

Yesterday a group of students here at Gettysburg College, where I teach, organized a Solidarity Rally. I was invited to speak at this rally and I'm glad I did. I also thought it might be helpful to share those ideas here. Maybe we can start a conversation ourselves about what to do next.

Betsy DeVos took a field trip to a middle school last week and came out asserting that the teachers she met were in "receive mode," a condition that keeps them from meeting the needs of kids. Maybe DeVos is the one who needs to be put in receive mode.

Let's get something straight right here, right now: Betsy DeVos is not Ruby Bridges, and attempts to frame the brand of school choice she supports as "the civil rights issue of our time" ring hollow in almost every way imaginable.


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