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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Wants $1 Million Reward for Finding Voter Fraud
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick of Texas, a Rush Limbaugh wannabe, offered a reward of $1 million to anyone who could find voter fraud. The Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania John Fetterman tweeted to claim the reward. He said he found a case where a man was trying to get a ballot for his deceased mother. Voter fraud! He wanted to cast her ballot for Trump. No word from Lt. Governor Patrick.
Peter Greene: My Small District Did Not Dodge COVID-19
Peter Greene thought his small school district could somehow escape the pandemic. He was wrong. He wrote: It has been just about two months since I told you that if anyone had a shot of starting school up without major Covid consequences, it would be my little corner of the world. I’m here to report that things are
Biden Aide Describes His Education Goals
For those of us who are nervous about what President-Elect Biden will do in education, specifically, whether he will revive the failed ideas of Race to the Top, this interview should be comforting. It is a report on a webinar in which Stef Feldman, Biden’s national policy director, spoke to members of the Education Writers Association. It was reported by Erik Robelin in Education Week. There are
Steven Singer: Five Reasons to Be Cautiously Optimistic about Biden
Steven Singer was an avid supporter of Bernie Sanders. Now, post election, he is feeling cautiously optimistic about the prospect of a Biden presidency. He explains why here. I’m posting his first reason. Open the link to read the other four. Singer writes: President-elect Joe Biden. Go ahead and say that aloud once. “President-elect Joe Biden.” How does it feel? If you’re like me, it feels prett
Mitchell Robinson: How to Make America Great
Mitchell Robinson, a professor at Michigan State University, has advice for state Democratic parties about their message to voters. He suggests what they need to do to attract new voters and turn red legislatures blue. Two big ideas: expand internet access and promote public education, K-16. He begins: 1. Better, more affordable access to broadband internet service In a digital age, access to fas
Trump Continues to Bluster, But Hints He Will Run in 2024
The Washington Post reports that Trump continues to proclaim that he will win, although he is 5 million votes behind Biden, and Biden has won the electoral college. The people around Trump are babying him, as they watch the lawsuits get tossed out of court. No one wants to tell him it’s over. In occasionally lucid moments, he talks about running in 2024, his aides say. President Trump declared We
GOP Lawsuit in Arizona Flounders
GOP officials filed a lawsuit in Arizona and sought to keep their “evidence” secret, but the judge hearing the case rejected their request. Only 180 votes are at issue. Biden leads by more than 12,000 votes. An attorney representing President Donald Trump’s reelection team, in a lawsuit alleging poll workers “incorrectly rejected” Election Day votes , asked a Maricopa County Superior Court judge
How Trump Appointee Has Blocked Biden Transition
The Washington Post explains how Trump’s choice for the GSA has blocked Biden’s transition planning: A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden’s victory and could disrupt the transfer of power. Follow the latest on Electi
New York City: Virtual Forum on the Double Crisis in the Schools
NYC Schools: A Double Crisis! A Forum on Thursday Nov. 12 at 6:30 PM How have pandemic and policy exacerbated the inequity in NYC public schools? What can be done? Thursday Nov. 12 at 6:30 PM Join us at our next virtual event as we discuss these issues with our excellent panelists. Speakers: (list to date; parent panelist will be announced) Kevin Bryant — Principal at NYC DOE High Schools and cur
California: Prop 15 Defeated, No New Funding for Schools
Big real estate interests managed to defeat Prop 15, intended to raise taxes on commercial real estate to produce billions for public schools. The Los Angeles Times reports: SACRAMENTO — California voters have rejected Proposition 15, a ballot measure that sought to force large businesses to pay higher property taxes but likely fell victim to concerns about its economic impact on employers and co
Is Trump Planning a Military Coup?
Trump fired Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense, because he refused to allow Trump to use the military to suppress domestic protests. Now the top layer of Pentagon officials is stepping down and will be replaced by Trump loyalists. Our allies are worried. We should be too. Is Trump planning a military coup?
John Young: What the Stars in Our Flag Mean Today
John Young is a journalist transplanted from Texas to Colorado. He wrote this brilliant column which lucidly explains why so many people were dancing in the streets on Saturday after Biden’s victory was announced. It begins like this. Open the link to read the dazzling ending. This is not fake news. Donald Trump does not run the country. You say he never did. You say the Constitution does. Ah, bu
Montana Teacher: Try to Understand Rural Voters
This interesting comment was posted on the blog a few days ago by a reader who identify as “Montana Teacher.” To my dear online friends whom I have never met, the faithful readers of Diane Ravitch’s blog. Like you, I felt sick all last night and much of today. I am hoping Biden will win, of course. But I am 

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