Kansas: Schools, Funding, Taxes, and Lies from the Koch Brothers’ Spokesman

Why does the MSM let these folks get away with this? It’s beyond time to bring real subject experts on these programs.

Diane Ravitch's blog

While driving yesterday, I listened to a panel discussion on taxes led by correspondent Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC.

With the usual left-right line-up of guests, they debated whether the Trump tax plan would benefit the rich or everyone.

The man from the right was part of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity. He insisted that massive tax cuts would be very beneficial for middle-income and poor Americans. The man from the left (center, really) disagreed and insisted that the big winners were the rich.

Then the center-left man said that the governor of Kentucky tried massive tax cuts and it backfired. He quickly was corrected (or corrected himself) and said it was Kansas, not Kentucky.

That’s where Governor Sam Brownback cut taxes, predicting an economic boom–that never happened. Instead, the state is facing a budget hole of nearly $900 million, and even Republicans recognize they must raise taxes.

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George Will: Trump Has a Dangerous Disability

Ms. Ravitch has forgotten more about education and current events than I will ever know. I make a point to listen to these scholars.

Diane Ravitch's blog

George Will is a conservative columnist with a deep reverence for history and tradition. He is probably the most serious and respected conservative intellectual in the nation. On Thursday, he wrote a column called “Trump Has a Serious Disability” that was widely read. It was trending on Twitter. “Trump does not know what it is to know something.”

He writes:

“It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.

“In February, acknowledging Black History Month, Trump said that “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” Because Trump is syntactically challenged, it was possible and tempting…

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When billionaires control the media

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My only hope here is that I am not influential enough to warrant their attention, or at least have enough to defend myself. This should not be a situation in 2016 America, but it is.

The New York Times wrote about the control of the mass media by billionaires, an issue that should concern us all. Not only do they own the media, some use it to promote their financial self-inter…

Source: When Billionaires Control the Media | Diane Ravitch’s blog

PS I have always listened to people who have forgotten more about a subject than I will ever know. Ms Ravitch fits that description.

Florida: Teachers are leaving in droves due to low salaries, testing, mandates

I was just having this conversation about the teaching profession with a loved one. Part of the my post-graduate educational experience involved teaching and learning type classes @ Ashford University. Now when I take this information in a per-application discussion with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools I might has well be from outer space. That in a nutshell is part of the problem (not that I would have gotten the job anyway, but it’s like, why bother). As in some of the comments should you read that far, this is not limited to Florida. North Carolina don’t value teachers either, and the local district linked above is one of the higher paying ones.

Wake up, Florida! Years of so-called “reform” are driving out teachers and principals. Can you have good education of you can’t hold on to successful teachers? The Orlando Sentinel reports on the crisis level exodus from teaching: Noah David Lein has always loved teaching. And if you believe the state of […]

https://dianeravitch.net/2016/05/22/florida-teachers-are-leaving-in-droves-due-to-low-salaries-testing-mandates/

Ira Shor: When do kids count?

As my final, final paper is being composed at this hour, this essay by Diane Ravitch is too important to be ignored, so it made my last paper in a roundabout manner. Food for thought this AM. The responses are as good as the blog post.

https://dianeravitch.net/2014/06/05/ira-shor-when-do-kids-count/