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John Merrow: Who Is Running the Show at the U.S. Department of Education? Diane Ravitch

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'it’s open warfare  against public education in Washington,' and chaos reigns.  Trump’ does not trust any of the Cabinet departments and has installed ‘spies’ in all of them, including Education; often called ‘Special Assistants to the Secretary,’ report to the White House, not to the Secretary of the department they’re assigned to. Some say that  Lamar Alexander is really in charge. He was former Secretary of Ed. who, as Chair of the Committee that approved DeVos, pushed through her nomination even though her statements revealed her lack of qualifications and understanding. They seemed to be expressing the hope that Senator Alexander could and would rein in DeVos if she really got crazy and got her act together. The only solace in the current situation is that Hillary would have stayed on the same Republican-designed test-and-punishe regime so beloved by Teach for America and DFER.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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