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A Letter for Betsy

Educator Patrick Kearney offers some thoughts on the Trump Administration’s proposed education budget: Your first budget for the Department of Education is out and it’s a doozy. You eliminate $1.2 billion from after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, you cut $27 million in arts education, $12 million for Special Olympics programs, and eliminate a […]

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A Note from Lily

She wants you to email Betsy DeVos: It looks like Betsy DeVos hasn’t learned anything about our nation’s public schools in her first few months as Education Secretary. Later today, she’s unveiling her plans to cut billions of dollars in public education funding while diverting taxpayer dollars from public schools to unaccountable private schools via […]

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Notes on Teacher Tenure

Steven Singer offers a spirited defense of teacher tenure — here are his key points: 1) Tenure does not mean a job for life. It just means you have to follow due process before firing a teacher. Many other jobs have similar due process rights for their workers that they don’t call tenure. Unfortunately that […]

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Stop Cuts to Public Education

A message from Carol Burris and the Network for Public Education:   We need you to contact your U.S. representatives today. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her favored school choice policies have faced fierce criticism, but this hasn’t stopped De Vos and Trump from pushing school privatization. A copy of the White House’s preliminary […]

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A Job Anyone Can Do Isn’t Worth Very Much

Arizona is facing a teacher shortage and low pay is at least partly to blame. According to a recent report: Arizona’s elementary school teacher salaries rank “dead last” in the nation, when adjusted for cost of living, says (Dan) Hunting. High school teacher salaries come in at 48 out of 50 states, he says. Elementary school […]

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Tell Congress: Protect Our Public Schools

From Carol Burris at the Network for Public Education: Because Congress is on recess until April 25, this week presents the perfect opportunity to talk to your representatives about public education. Here is the best way to do that. Take a moment today or tomorrow to find their local office (find Senate info here and […]

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Voucher Advocate Loses Big in Wisconsin

A pro-voucher candidate was soundly rejected in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers sailed into a third term on Tuesday, easily defeating challenger Lowell Holtz to hang on to his post as the state’s top educator.  With most of the votes counted, Evers led […]

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Does Class Size Matter?

Yes! This may (should) seem obvious. A teacher can give each student more attention in a smaller class. But, education reformers often suggest that all that’s needed to “improve” schools is a few great teachers. Let those “great ones” teach MORE kids and see test scores soar. Wrong. I have a child in elementary school. […]

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A Word on Community Schools

Metro Nashville school board member Will Pinkston shared a story today about the success of community schools. Here’s what he had to say: Friends: Think about a high-poverty, high-percentage English learner school system that’s expanding pre-kindergarten offerings, STEM programs, and community schools with wraparound supports for families. Sound familiar? Yes … That’s what’s happening in […]

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Tell Congress: Stop Vouchers!

From Carol Burris and the Network for Public Education: Congress is now pushing the private “choice” agenda by extending the SOAR Reauthorization Act.  Reauthorization would fund and expand, with your federal tax dollars, the District of Columbia’s private school voucher program. It is time to shut this voucher program down. Send your email to your […]

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