On DCPS education budgets. Trying to do our jobs with nothing. @valeriestrauss @dcpublicschools

I teach in Ward 8.  A clerical error lead to the District rescinding our budget until it’s sorted out. So, as of right now, one of the neediest schools in the entire District is operating with no money. And when I mean no money, I mean nothing, nada, zilch, zippo, nothing. We paid for the […]

Impact of shutdown to be felt by DC charter schools, but…

… notice the list of priorities here. Is this in any particular order? Ramona Edelin, executive director of the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools, said the payment, totaling $101 million, is supposed to go toward preparation for SAT and other entrance tests as well as food services and teacher pay. “Some schools have something […]

@thinkprogress makes the progressive case against higher tuition costs. Careful. #highered

Progressives frequently lament the increasing costs of higher education, as Think Progress does here. Young persons are saddled with debt and this is a very troubling situation. As a faculty member, I have a somewhat different perspective. I suppose it’s easy, from a student’s perspective, to criticize all aspects of a university for rising tuition […]

#Sequestration #edreform, the “cartoon”

Sequestration reform

Maybe it speaks for itself.

I have little sympathy for the defense department #sequester

There’s a great deal of hand-wringing over this upcoming sequester which, according to most news outlets, could lead to around $85 billion in across-the-board cuts. The defense department is particularly upset, mentioning on CNN the possibility of furloughs. It’s hard to say who would ultimately be affected: But Hale said Defense Department civilian foreign employees […]

Our #education spending priorities

Anyone have suggestions on this? There’s got to be a better way to spend over $4 billion, right?

A simple question for #Romney about the Navy and, well, #education

A lot of hay being made of Romney’s silly little Navy comment, and of the President’s smart, albeit rehearsed, reposte. So, we should build MORE boats, more carriers, more than the next 13 countries combined, spending billions of new dollars, because Defense needs to finish its missions from the Hunt for Red October. I think […]

Check out how he just slides #teachers #unions right in there, very sneaky

I’ll refer back to something I heard this morning on my commute. It’s very quick. Tax-hater and Sesame Street character Grover Norquist (how is this guy still relevant in 2012?) was on Morning Joe this AM. And, for the record, why does Mika act like such a ding-bat? I’m not trying to be sexist, but […]

Working the same with less in PA, no surprise there

How is it possible that schools are expected to level all social inequities, yet they must do so with constant reminder that their money is under perpetual attack? I don’t get it. Can someone explain it to me once they read this, via crooksandliars. And by the way, how is it possible that not ONE […]

Just a thought…

…to start this week. I may have mentioned this before, so bear with me. But I hear all of this talk about austerity, tackling social security and Medicaid/care. Education budgets are cut. So, why is it always about the cuts and not increasing revenue? We all want to make more money, so should the government. […]


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