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If Not Now, When?

Without one another we are diminished. The more we have others around us, the stronger we can become. That is the idea of the common good. It’s not a uniquely American idea, but it is one with which many of us identify. Republicans in Congress have a different idea. It applies to guns, health care, […]

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What We Value: Democracy and the Common Good

Nothing will get better in America until we elect different people with different values and different commitments to local, state, and federal offices. Outrage may get some people who did not vote in recent elections to come out next time, but that strategy is insufficient. Reason and evidence are vital, but not enough. People need […]

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Why We Should Care About The Education Of Other People’s Children

It is time to care about the education of other people’s children. Other people’s children are or will be our neighbors. Other people’s children – from almost anywhere in the United States and beyond – could end up as our coworkers. Other people’s children are tomorrow’s potential voters. How, what, and with whom they learn […]

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Trump’s Education Budget: Cruel And Unusual Punishment

President Trump’s budget proposal violates the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The crime it punishes is not being wealthy, healthy and deserving of tax cuts. Budgets are values statements. Trump’s first full education budget proposal is no exception. Its $9.2 Billion or 13.6% cut in the spending level approved by the already spendthrift […]

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Don’t Be April Fooled: Public is Better

It’s April Fools Day, which reminds me: Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos want us to think that private schools are better, not just for rich folks like them, but for everyone else too– Just like with Paul Ryan and health care. Don’t be fooled. It is a ruse. Public is better! Growing up, I knew […]

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The Winning Democratic Alternative to Privatization in Education

                Democrats need to provide a winning alternative to privatization of America’s public schools. The outpouring of opposition to Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education provides an opening– if Democrats seize the opportunity. Suddenly, education is on the national stage where it should have been during the presidential […]

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