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September 17, 2020

DeVos to State Ed Chiefs: Don’t Even Think About Testing Waivers This Year.

I have many issues with contemporary American education’s dependence upon standardized testing. Testing students in order to grade teachers and schools is a misuse of student-completed standardized tests, and the high-stakes nature of this testing makes it a system begging to be gamed. High-stakes testing narrows the broader curriculum because it wrongly bestows disproportionate value […]

August 29, 2020

Betsy DeVos: Still Hoping to Divert CARES Act $$ to Private Schools

US ed sec Betsy DeVos’ first love is private school choice, and her second love is trying to slice off funding intendend for public education in favor of her first love. Keep that in mind as you read. On August 28, 2020, US ed sec Betsy DeVos did an interview with the Wharton Business Daily. […]

April 28, 2020

DeVos’ “COVID Emergency” Competition Funding to be Awarded… in July(?)

US ed sec Betsy DeVos is having a COVID competition to *rethink education* for “states with the highest coronavirus burden.” From the US Department of Education (USDOE) “new grant competition” press release, dated April 27, 2020: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today more than $300 million in discretionary grant funds will be available […]

February 12, 2020

In Budget Snub, Betsy DeVos Treats Charters Like “Public Schools”

In President Trump’s proposed FY2021 budget, charter school funding is lumped together in block-grant fashion with funding once seperately designated for 29 federal K12-related programs. From the US Department of Education (USDOE) FY2021 proposed budget press release: The budget calls for consolidating nearly all existing K-12 formula and competitive grant programs into one block grant […]

February 9, 2020

Betsy DeVos Personally Saves Philly Student from a Government… Charter School(?)

In his February 04, 2020, State of the Union (SOTU), President Donald Trump presented a Philadelphia student with a scholarship paid for “personally” by US ed sec, Betsy Devos, all in the name of “rescuing” a student “trapped in failing government schools.” Turns out this student attends a Philly charter school, MaST III, which just […]

December 19, 2019

Betsy DeVos’ “Backpack Full of Cash” Portable Funding Flop

In 2016, Stone Lantern Films released “a film exploring the real cost of privatizating America’s public schools,” Backpack Full of Cash. The movie’s title derives from a comment made by Center for Education Reform (CER) founder Jeanne Allen as Allen was being interviewed for the film: Our children have a backpack full of cash, and […]

October 20, 2019

DeVos Pal, Eddie Rispone: School Vouchers Give Public Schools “Influence” to Not “Go Out of Business.”

Eddie Rispone is the former chair of the Louisiana Federation for Children (LFC), a state branch of the American Federation for Children (AFC), the school choice organization formerly chaired by US ed sec, Betsy DeVos, and also the former treasurer of the Louisiana Federation for Children Action Fund PAC. Rispone is in the November 16, […]

October 2, 2019

Peter Greene: Betsy DeVos Gets Kellyanne Conway to Help Push a $5B Voucher Program

Peter Greene is a retired Pennsylvania teacher who contributes education-related articles to Forbes magazine. I find his writing style both informative and engaging. Today, I share with my readers excerpts from Greene’s October 02, 2019, piece, entitled, “Betsy DeVos Enlists the Help of Kelyanne Conway and American Enterprise Institute to Sell $5 Billion School Choice […]

May 6, 2019

Betsy DeVos Frees Alexander Hamilton from Himself

On May 02, 2019, the Manhattan Institute (MI) honored two individuals at its 2019 Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner. One of those individuals was US Department of Education (USDOE) secretary, Betsy DeVos. According to MI,┬áits Alexander Hamilton Award is named such “because, like the Manhattan Institute, he was a fervent proponent of commerce and civic life. […]

April 3, 2019

Want More Money for a Federal Program? Get DeVos to Put It on Her Budget Elimination Wish List

On March 28, 2019, I wrote a post about US ed sec Betsy DeVos’ attempts to eliminate federal funding for Special Olympics from the past three US Department of Education (USDOE) annual proposed budgets (FY2018, FY2019, and FY2020). One interesting finding was that instead of eliminating Special Olympics, Congress actually voted to increase money to […]