I think Betsy DeVos will be confirmed when the Senate votes on her nomination later today. Is there any silver lining in this at all?
Betsy DeVos had a rocky trip to Capitol Hill last week, and now has seen the vote on her nomination postponed. We have a pretty good sense of what might happen if she is confirmed. What happens if she isn't?
Betsy DeVos endured her confirmation hearing yesterday, as you probably know. It doesn't look, to me, like she earned a passing grade.
Barack Obama leaves office with a decidedly mixed legacy when it comes to education policy. But he also leaves behind a legacy of integrity and honesty that we're going to miss.
It took awhile--after a year like last year, everyone seems to have been entitled to take some time off to recharge--but here's the second installment of my thoughts on government pension problems.
We have a full-blown pension crisis on our hands in Pennsylvania, but it's obvious what's happening here because we've seen this movie before: engineer a failure in a public system (or sit idly by while it happens), then blame the system for its failure. If we know the play maybe we can come up with a decent way to defend it.
I'll say it: creating more opportunities for choice without making any attempt to establish a baseline of quality is not just irresponsible, it's unconscionable. Yet it looks like exactly what we're about to do. Buckle your seatbelts, folks.
People who dismiss the appointment of Betsy DeVos as just another political appointment of someone to a position without the ability to influence schools had better think again. Those who say we should wait and see and give her a chance to do her job might want to reconsider. The threat here is very real. We've got a lot of work to do if we're going to fight it.
It's not always easy, or comfortable, to have conversations about controversial topics but we have to be willing to do it. We have to create conditions that normalize discussion of politics in public spaces instead of treating politics as a topic to be avoided at all costs. Our schools are not currently well suited to accomplishing this task but they can be reformed if we want them to be.
For many of us the election on Tuesday was devastating--not just personally, but in a much larger way. What can we do to fight the forces that made that outcome possible?