Tag Archives: Andy Spears

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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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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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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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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Voucher Backers vs. Facts

As Tennessee lawmakers consider voucher bills again this year, it seems alternative facts are ruling the day. That is to say, facts simply don’t matter and are routinely dismissed in the name of achieving a goal that will most certainly be devastating for Tennessee schools and for students. Here are some thoughts from Tennessee Education […]

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Wrong About Charters

Former charter school advocate Dave Hornbeck, who served as Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and Philadelphia Superintendent of Schools urges Kentucky to reject charter schools: I believe you teeter on the edge of undoing your success in considering House Bill 520. Regrettably, I speak from the perspective of experience. As Philadelphia’s superintendent of schools, I recommended […]

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Thoughts on Cabinet Members

A series of statements on Cabinet members confirmed and supported by Tennessee’s U.S. Senators from Tennessee Citizen Action: On Steve Mnuchin: Now, the duo has voted to confirm the “Foreclosure King” as Secretary of the Treasury. Mnuchin is the consummate swamp dweller, working at Goldman Sachs and running a mortgage business that made millions foreclosing […]

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Stopping Betsy DeVos

Efforts to stop the confirmation of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos are ramping up ahead of her HELP Committee confirmation vote scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st. Here are a few notes from Tennessee Education Report:   While Senator Lamar Alexander issued a statement in defense of DeVos, it’s interesting to note:   Listening to her […]

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