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August 11, 2017

Farewell (and Cheerio) From the K-12 Contrarian

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

April 04, 2017

These Testing Obsessions Are Getting a Little Weird

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.

March 18, 2017

Why Is Mulvaney Opposed to Feeding Poor Kids at School?

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?

March 10, 2017

Should We Give Betsy DeVos a Chance? I Don't Think So

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.

March 02, 2017

Some Things You Can Do to Support Public Education Now

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.

February 20, 2017

Maybe It's Time to Put Betsy DeVos in 'Receive Mode'

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.

February 15, 2017

Betsy DeVos Is No Ruby Bridges

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.

February 07, 2017

And What If DeVos Is Confirmed?

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?

January 22, 2017

What If Betsy DeVos Is Not Confirmed?

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?

January 18, 2017

Betsy DeVos Fails the Test

Betsy DeVos endured her confirmation hearing yesterday, as you probably know. It doesn't look, to me, like she earned a passing grade.

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