Inequalities Abound: Betsy DeVos and School Closures

During confirmation hearings, DeVos didn't know the difference between proficiency testing and growth testing. This matters because of schools like my daughter's. Her school doesn't have the test scores of schools on the other side of town, and it never will, but this isn't the fault of the teachers---it's demographics. A school with a high rate of homelessness, a large number of English language learners, and high levels of poverty isn't going to make the same scores as a school filled with chil … [Read more...]


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On Calls for Homeschooling in Response to DeVos

Reportedly, some progressive circles have seen calls for homeschooling in response to Betsy DeVos' confirmation as United States Secretary of Education. I suspect that this is primarily a made-up controversy. The pattern was predictable---first, several news articles showcasing a handful of tweets, and then a slew of conservative think-pieces mocking liberals for a supposedly widespread movement toward homeschooling in reaction to DeVos.Given that I was homeschooled and now have a daughter in … [Read more...]


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Why Won’t These Republican Senators Recuse Themselves from DeVos’ Confirmation?

Check this out, from the Center for American Progress:DeVos will have her hearings in front of five members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, or HELP, who have taken enormous checks from her and her relatives—interestingly, all in the last two election cycles. It’s worth a closer look at the DeVos family donations to the HELP members. Sen. Tim Scott (R–SC) has received $49,200 from the DeVos family and was a keynote speaker at DeVos’ American Federation for C … [Read more...]


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DeVos on Accountability and the Right to an Education

DeVos's confirmation hearings are this week. DeVos, Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, has come in for a lot of criticism given her lack of experience with public schools (she has never attended, sent a child to, or worked at a public school) and her commitment to public charter schools and voucher programs. DeVos has refused to say that she supports public schools, and is a strong advocate of diverting public monies away from the public schools. She has also suggested that public s … [Read more...]


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HSLDA on those “Radically Atheistic” Public Schools

As my regular readers will know, I am in favor of allowing homeschooled students to play sports in their local public schools. Perhaps surprisingly, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has long remained neutral on sports access bills, declining to directly oppose them but refusing to support them. I've heard concern that allowing homeschooled children to participate in sports would require some form of academic oversight, but then that oversight would only apply to those who volunt … [Read more...]


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In Which Sally Goes to School

As many of you know, Sally started kindergarten this fall. I've blogged before about my school phobia and some fears surrounding sending my daughter to public school after being homeschooled from kindergarten through high school myself, but most of those hangups dissipated before the time came for me to actually put her on the school bus and send her off to school. Mostly I was just excited for her---and boy was she excited herself! I watched her as she boarded the bus, turning back with … [Read more...]


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Raised Evangelical: Joy’s Story

A post in the Raised Evangelical series.Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.My name is Joy; I am a 42-year-old wife and working mother of 2. I was raised in an evangelical home that was fairly well-integrated into mainstream culture. My mother is a conservative evangelical and my father is a progressive evangelical (think Jim Wallis).  I grew up to question so … [Read more...]


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