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Four reasons why “liberal” conspiracy theories about Don Samuels and ed reform read so much like Fox News

Sarah Lahm’s conspiracy piece about “billionaire and TFA”  money flooding in to support Don Samuels in the Minneapolis School Board race went national yesterday. Lahm’s article has so many factual inaccuracies, I hardly know where to begin. So I will start with three biggies… Read More

Show us the money or stop pandering: The problem with demanding smaller class size

  Since we’re in the middle of a school board election, voters should expect to hear both the demands and promises for smaller class size. Here’s the problem: Everyone—and I do mean everyone, including moi– loves the idea of smaller class size. But no one—and I do mean no one—is willing to realistically propose how to pay for it—much less publicly ask voters for the dough. And until that changes, calling for smaller class size is sort of  like calling for ponies for everyone. It sounds noble. People love it. But it’s mostly hot air and an attempt to change the subject away from stuff that we could actually do right now……to Something That Should Happen Some Day In A Brighter Future. Here’s the deal (and I take no delight in this problem, but I do believe in being real about it. ) During the last round of teacher contract negotiations … Read More

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