Saturday, January 21, 2017

Michael Moore calls for mass opposition to Betsy DeVos as pushback against Trump’s education pick grows - The Washington Post

Michael Moore calls for mass opposition to Betsy DeVos as pushback against Trump’s education pick grows - The Washington Post:

Michael Moore calls for mass opposition to Betsy DeVos as pushback against Trump’s education pick grows

Filmmaker Michael Moore told the crowd assembled for the Women’s March on Washington Saturday morning that they should make their top priority opposing the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to run the Education Department, Betsy DeVos.
“On Monday, call (202) 225-3121. Call your representative and your two Senators, and number one we do not accept Betty DeVos as our secretary of education,” Moore said. “That’s day one. Make it part of your daily routine.”
After a highly contentious Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, during which she displayed a lack of understanding of basic education issues, DeVos is facing growing opposition to her nomination as President Trump’s education secretary — including from groups that largely support the same issues she does. And now she will have to wait longer than expected for the Senate education committee to decide on her confirmation: Shortly after her ethics review was made public Friday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), moved the vote back one week amid calls from Democrats for more time to vet her.
Opposition to DeVos’s nomination has been growing since her Jan. 17 Senate committee confirmation hearing, where, under tough questioning, she raised concerns among Democrats with her answers about special education funding, guns in schools, and her position on whether to continue the department’s aggressive stance against sexual assault. A handful of petitions have been gathering a mountain of signatures against her confirmation, including one by the Michael Moore calls for mass opposition to Betsy DeVos as pushback against Trump’s education pick grows - The Washington Post:

Betsy DeVos Standardized Test - The New Yorker

Betsy DeVos Standardized Test - The New Yorker:


1. The price of red bell peppers is, I assume, twenty dollars per pepper. Green bell peppers seem like they’re eighteen. If my housekeeper goes to Whole Foods Market and spends an equal amount of money on green and red peppers, what is the ratio of green to red that she will cook later for my extremely rich husband and me?

(a) 1:1

(b) 3:4

(c) 10:9

(d) 20:18

Answer: (d). My family deserves a lot of bell peppers.

2. Let’s say you have a 3.4 G.P.A. at Trump University during your first semester of enrollment. In order to receive the 4.0 Golden Real-Estate Plaque instead of a diploma, you must pay for at least seven more semesters. What does your average G.P.A. need to be to warrant this great honor?

(a) 3.4

(b) 3.5

(c) 3.6

(d) None of the above

Answer: (d). This is impossible, unless you are offering to pay for a few extra semesters, in which case this will be very possible.

3. Your current school, P.S. 132, is receiving ten per cent of its funding from the federal government. If I want to shut it down and turn it into a private school, I will personally save money.

(a) True

(b) False

Answer: (a). The taxpayer, who both President Trump and I definitely are, will no longer have to pay for your sad education.

4. Should the scores from this test later be used to determine your proficiency or your growth?

(a) Proficiency

(b) Growth

(c) Yes

Answer: (c)?

5. If you accrue thirty thousand dollars in student loans attending your local university, then pursue a career that doesn’t pay seven figures, like, immediately, how much money will you eventually have to pay a debt collector—let’s call it Not DeVos Corporation—after adding, oh, I don’t know, fifty per cent to the balance?

(a) My friends have Pell Grants

(b) forty-five thousand dollars

(c) What is a Pell Grant?

(d) ??

Answer: (b). But please answer (a) and (c) for extra credit.

6. A local high-school principal has with him a grizzly bear, a bag of beans, and a gun. He must use a boat to cross the river beside his home, but the boat can only hold him and one of the other items. How can he cross the river and transport what he needs?

(a) He can take the bag of beans first.

(b) He can take the gun first.

(c) He can take the bear first.

(d) He can shoot the bear, like he is supposed to, according to his job description, and then take the beans home and leave the gun at school. (He doesn’t need to bring the bear carcass home.)

Answer: (d). Confidently, (d).

Betsy DeVos Standardized Test - The New Yorker:

Does Betsy DeVos Mean the End of Public Education in America? - WhoWhatWhy

Does Betsy DeVos Mean the End of Public Education in America? - WhoWhatWhy:

Just How Out of the Mainstream is Trump’s Chosen Education Secretary?

Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to head the Department of Education, has long sought to end free public education and replace it with vouchers and for-profit charters — even though 85% of American kids attend public schools.
She and her family have spent a considerable amount of their $5 billion fortune trying to spread God’s kingdom in their Michigan schools and have created the largest voucher system for religious schools.
Separation of church and state in education is not something that DeVos believes in.
Diane Ravitch, Ph.D., a former Assistant Secretary of Education and long-time education historian, author and professor, points out in this week’s podcast that DeVos is so far out of the mainstream that even charter groups, like the Massachusetts Charter Movement, are opposing her nomination.
Dr. Ravitch tells host Jeff Schechtman that while DeVos can do considerable damage to our nation’s education system as well as staff and teacher morale, she won’t be able to do much about Trump’s long-time whipping post of Common Core.
A set of national standards evolved during the Obama administration, Common Core is directed by the individual states. It’s now beyond the control of the Department of Education.
All this upheaval comes at a time when technological and social disruption puts more pressure on the importance of a broad-based public education for the next generation.

Hartford Charters fail to accept and educate Latinos and English Language Learners - Wait What?

Hartford Charters fail to accept and educate Latinos and English Language Learners - Wait What?:

Hartford Charters fail to accept and educate Latinos and English Language Learners

As with Connecticut’s privately owned, but publicly funded, charter schools in Bridgeport, (See Bridgeport Charter Schools Discriminate Against Connecticut Children), the charter schools in Hartford also refuse to accept and educate students who require help learning the English language and those who need special education services.
Connecticut charter schools already collect more than $100 million in scarce public funds from the state of Connecticut, diverting money away from the real public schools that do fulfil their responsibility to accept and educate all students.
Instead of meeting their obligation to their communities, charter schools discriminate against children in need – all in an attempt to boost their test scores.
The following chart highlights how Hartford’s charter schools are failing the capital city’s children,
Hartford% English Language Learners% Special Education
Hartford Public Schools18%16%
Jumoke Charter School0%6%
Achievement First Inc. – Hartford6%9%

Also, just as with the charter schools in Bridgeport, charter schools institute unfair and discriminatory discipline policies designed to force out children who require additional services and attention.
For example,
Achievement First Inc. – Hartford suspends English Language Learners 66% more than Hartford public schools.
Achievement First Inc. – Hartford suspends special education students 83% more than Hartford public schools.
Hartford Charters fail to accept and educate Latinos and English Language Learners - Wait What?:

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