Month: January 2017

While You View Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation Hearing…Check These Michigan Education Points

Now that the Trump inauguration follies are over, I hope you have been following the new set of follies: the confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nominees. So far, the most divisive hearing has been Betsy DeVos’ Senate committee hearing. Bellwether Education Partners has pulled together a report on Michigan’s current education climate. Take a look and you decide if these…

Saying Goodbye to Larry Patrick, Jr. A True Education Reformer

This has been a somber week for me. Not because President Obama is in his final days as president. Not because Donald Trump will be sworn in as our next president. And not because of this week’s Senate confirmation hearings. All of that is weighing on me, but it’s not what’s heaviest at this very moment. This week, family and…

I Guess If You Are Going To Be Education Secretary……You May Want To Know The Law

How big a problem is it that at a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday night Michigan’s Betsy DeVos, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. education secretary, did not seem to know that federal law protects students with disabilities? This column is reprinted with permission from Laura Waters, who writes about education policy in New York and New Jersey at…

The Lights Are On, But How Far Does Our Vision Reach?

Yes, Detroit’s a boom-town. But without excellent school options, longtime residents can’t share in the prosperity, and newcomers won’t stay. If the New York Times reported it, it’s official: Detroit’s lights are on! So how far of a future can we really see for Detroit’s hardest hit? Detroit is returning, stores are opening, dilapidated buildings are turning into vintage clothing shops…

Trump’s New Education Secretary Will Inherit a Growing Number of Civil Rights Complaints

The US Department of Education’s overburdened Office of Civil Rights must be sweating as they face leadership changes in both their department and in the White House. Especially when that new leadership will come from Donald Trump’s pool of people not terribly concerned with civil rights. To be fair, we don’t know what Trump or Betsy DeVos (his education secretary)…

%d bloggers like this: