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February 7, 2017
Worried Betsy DeVos could ‘destroy’ public education? Here’s what you should know
Here’s what you should read to start getting a handle on the possibilities.
February 7, 2017
New Yorkers celebrate, mourn and buckle down as Betsy DeVos is confirmed as U.S. education secretary
Despite intense opposition and an all-night talkathon by Senate Democrats, Betsy DeVos was confirmed Tuesday. Here's how prominent voices in the New York education world responded.
February 3, 2017
Week in review: Chaos — and new ideas — follow news of threatened school closings
The week’s biggest developments in Detroit education.
Politics & Policy
January 30, 2017
New York City education panel may vote to oppose Betsy DeVos’s confirmation
The resolution by the New York City Panel for Educational Policy says that DeVos’s positions “jeopardize access” to public education.
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November 22, 2016
Michelle Rhee ‘not pursuing’ Trump post, but urges others to help him succeed
"Wishing for his failure would be wanting the failure of millions of American children who desperately need a better education," Rhee tweeted.
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Updated November 23, 2016
What you should know about Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education secretary pick — and what her choice might tell us about his plans
For one, he intends to go through with his sweeping voucher plan.
November 17, 2016
Serve or steer clear? Education reformers grapple with whether to join Trump’s team
Democrats for Education Reform said it would support a Democrat for education secretary only if Trump “disavows his prior statements.”
December 15, 2008
Joel Klein likes Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan as Ed Sec
No hint of jealousy in a statement Klein just put out on the news about Duncan: “Arne has been one of the country’s great…
December 12, 2008
FBI checks Duncan and Bennet; Joel Klein has no comment
David Hoff is reporting that the Denver and Chicago schools chiefs are getting background-checked by the Obama administration. How about our own Joel Klein?…
December 8, 2008
Two heavyweights go public: Randi for Arne, Gates for Klein
From today’s AP story: “Arne Duncan actually reaches out and tries to do things in a collaborative way,” said Randi Weingarten, head of the…
November 26, 2008
Teach For America suggests it’s Darling-Hammond vs. Klein
In case you were not fully convinced, it appears that, yes, Teach For America is flexing its muscle to influence Barack Obama's Secretary of Education pick. The organization is concerned about the possibility that Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond, who has criticized TFA and is chairing Obama's education policy committee, could get a prominent role in the Obama administration. In a mass e-mail today, Teach For America urged alumni to "stay on top of about [sic] what is happening and not happening regarding education reform at the national and local levels." The e-mail (pasted below) also directed them to the Web site of TFA's new political group, Leadership for Education Equity, where alumni are invited to post comments on several Web sites (including this one), saying, "Decision makers do watch online reactions." We hope so! Here's the e-mail, after the jump:
November 6, 2008
Randi Weingarten on Joel Klein as Ed Sec: "an old rumor"
Chancellor Joel Klein smiled when reporters asked him what he thought about being mentioned in yesterday's Washington Post as a possible Secretary of Education for Barack Obama. (He was mentioned twice: in a news story and in this column by Ruth Marcus.) The president of the teachers union, Randi Weingarten, who was recently named head of a national teachers union, probably had a different expression on her face. She called the mention of Klein an "old rumor" that surfaced because Klein is friends with Washington reporters who don't know the day-to-day realities of the city schools. She suggested that Klein would be a poor choice for Secretary of Education. "This is a period of time where everybody has to step up and share responsibility," she said. "One of the reasons that the teachers in New York City are deeply troubled about Joel Klein is because he’s had a history of being a lightning rod."
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