Alex Johnson’s corporate SuperPAC run by Eli Broad’s Dan “students must pledge to capitalism” Chang

Privatization pusher Dan Chang is a Broadyte

“Financed by conservative billionaire philanthropists like Bill Gates and Eli Broad, charters willingly carry out the indoctrination their benefactors seek.” — Professor Ralph E. Shaffer Corporate candidate Alex Johnson and his backer Mark Ridley-Thomas have already raised incredible amounts of money in their attempt to seize a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School (LAUSD) […]

Election night in Douglas County, CO #dougco @dianeravitch

Tim and I have a special episode for you all this evening. We’re chatting with a panel of good people from Douglas County on the eve of a potential rescue of their local school board from a bunch of Koch-heads. Fingers crossed! Are they nervous?!? Find out.

In the green room before my interview for NPR’s weekend edition

On my way out through the lobby, saw Michael Steele on the phone. He’s taller than I thought. The show’s going to broadcast tomorrow. I’ll link to it. But they originally contacted me because of this article that I wrote for Huffington Post about progressive disenchantment with the President. You just never know when or […]

Inside the beltway gossip about new secretary of education

Here is a piece from the insider rag Politico on the speculation surrounding new cabinet appointments. To the interested reader here, the USDE nominations are mentioning Rhee as a possibility. Talk about something completely tone deaf and asinine. I have not heard anything else, but I’m not an insider. But I have to say, if […]

Some thoughts from New Orleans

Both, BOTH, hosts of at the chalk face are in New Orleans, right in the heart of the French Quarter, at the Curriculum and Pedagogy conference. I first want to thank a friend and colleague for setting this up and gifting us the opportunity to speak. It’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. Basically, our […]

October jobs report from #bls on #education

Once again, not much of a game changer on the October jobs report, the last before this election. Pundits on either side will spin this in whichever way that suits their interests. Although, I am somewhat relieved that the picture is mixed to positive. Of course, everything here is about education and I noticed that […]

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 […]


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