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April 5, 2019
Striking defiant tone, Julia Keleher defends her tenure in Puerto Rico
Keleher said she closed schools because “somebody had to be the responsible adult in the room.”
boom and backlash
December 19, 2018
Could the forces that fought the Common Core bring down personalized learning?
Major funders and the federal education department are promoting the idea. Teachers are wary. Parents are perplexed. Criticism is coming from both the political left…
April 27, 2018
As unions rejoice over possible teacher evaluations reversal, original advocates say change will ‘mask inequity’
No one was more jarred by a bill to remove test scores from teacher evaluations than advocates who convinced the state to go that direction in the first place.
March 12, 2018
Making the rounds on TV, Betsy DeVos says she hasn’t visited struggling schools and draws sharp criticism
Betsy DeVos has visited all kinds of schools since she took office last year. But one kind of school has been left out, she said Sunday: schools that are struggling.
February 16, 2018
New York City schools chief Carmen Fariña will step down in the next month
“She is pleased with what she has done.”
November 28, 2017
As national debate over discipline heats up, new study finds discrimination in student suspensions
Black students in Louisiana are suspended for slightly longer than white students after being involved in the same fight, according to new research that adds to a roiling national debate about school discipline.
November 7, 2017
No, there’s no reason to think DeVos is planning to resign, contrary to viral news stories
Betsy DeVos haters can rejoice it seems: The secretary is planning to resign from Trump’s cabinet, according to a much-shared Salon story. But it’s not true.
July 23, 2017
Critics of vouchers say they’re marred by racism and exacerbate segregation. Are they right?
A recent report described the “racist origins” of school vouchers; school choice backers have vehemently denied the charge. So what do we know about the competing claims?
May 30, 2017
Lots of people are excited about career and technical education. But new international research points to a potential downside
Quick: What’s one education topic that Betsy DeVos, Randi Weingarten, Donald Trump, and Al Franken all support? It’s actually career and…
Week In Review
April 21, 2017
Week in review: A new Detroit schools boss — and (another) panic over closing threats
The episode illustrated just how on edge Detroit is when it comes to its schools — hardly an easy landscape for Vitti to enter.
van wert alert
April 19, 2017
Four things to know about Van Wert, the tiny Ohio school district where DeVos and Weingarten will form an uneasy duo
A small city in rural Ohio will host a high-stakes education summit on Thursday.
April 18, 2017
Randi Weingarten promises to ‘educate’ Betsy DeVos as AFT kicks off campaign against Trump agenda
She was there to kick off a campaign called Building Schools, Not Walls, just two days before she’s set to visit schools with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
November 23, 2016
From ‘passionate’ hands-on advocate’ to ‘everything Donald Trump said is wrong in America’: The education world reacts to Betsy DeVos
What does the education world think about Betsy DeVos, the Michigan philanthropist and voucher advocate whom Donald Trump picked as his education secretary nominee?
back to the future
October 11, 2016
AFT freaked out after Joel Klein was rumored to join Hillary Clinton’s campaign, WikiLeaks email shows
"Joel may have been incredibly good in Bill Clinton's Justice Department, but he has a toxic reputation when it comes to education," Weingarten said.
June 11, 2015
De Blasio lauds CTE programs at union event, saying city will support their growth
"We are going to strengthen them and we are going to make them available to even more," de Blasio said of the city's career and technical education programs.
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