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  • Jack

    Alexander,

    Anthony Cody wrote a interesting reply to this column.

    http://www.livingindialogue.com/alexander-russo-tries-work-refs/

    My two cents:

    Everyone needs to pay more attention certain other of Devos’ comments, ones that, IMHO, were more important than what she said about The Special Olympics.

    These included those related to Sec. Devos …

    1) dismissing $1 billion of taxpayers money being lost to charters that, thanks to being totally unregulated, never opened, and thus never educated a single child;

    Devos’ conclusion from this was that the takeaway from this was not to regulate charters more, or give less money to them.

    Oh no. Not at all.

    Devos’ reaction to the $1 billion lost was that the federal govt. needed to fund MORE totally unregulated charters (so I guess that, in Devos’ opinion, pouring $1 billion down the unregulated-charters-that-never-open rat hole was not good enough for her. Apparently, losing $2 billion, $3 billion, etc. to those unopened charters — money that, again, never gets to a classroom — would be of even more benefit to U.S. education…. Go figure!)

    2) claiming that large class sizes were/are better than small class sizes, but when repeatedly pressed, could not support this idiocy with any studies or evidence.

  • Alexander Russo

    thanks for the comment — good points re storylines that got drowned out because of the special olympics controversy.

  • Mitchell Robinson

    “Almost immediately, Special Olympics supporters and big-name opponents of DeVos — think Bernie Sanders and Arne Duncan — began expressing their outrage.”

    You’re kidding, right? Given that there’s barely a sliver of difference between the policies of Duncan and DeVos, I find it pretty odd that you’d characterize them as “opponents.” Only someone who thinks Duncan was a decent Sec of Ed would hold this opinion. It kind of invalidates the rest of the column, although that wasn’t too hard.

    If you don’t think that DeVos rolling back civil rights protections and not supporting students who were defrauded by for-profit “colleges” are stories worth covering, maybe the real question is why…

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