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Big Trees Don’t Move

As we scurry to and fro with our daily lives we tend to focus too often on the small things that seem big, while ignoring the big things that seem small.  A friend shares her thoughts about such a moment 13 years ago.  Her message is one we should all pay attention to. “Thirteen years… Read More

Some Things Are Just Too Much To Swallow

As regular readers of this blog know, we  have written several times about a contract for $536,000 the state department of education wants to award to a Massachusetts firm, Class  Measures, a company with a prior relationship with state superintendent Mike Sentance. Our friend, Decatur Daily reporter Mary Sell continues to follow this story.  Here… Read More

Contract Quicksand Gets Deeper And Deeper

The Legislative Contract Review Committee had questions today about the $762,000 no-bid contract the state department of education is trying to get for a brand new compay to provide financial services and again slowed the process down. The always reliable reporter Mary Sell with the Decatur Daily wrote this article detailing what is going on. She… Read More

Two Views Of School “Choice”

The latest edition of the Alabama Political Reporter has two very interesting articles about school “choice.”  One is by columnist Josh Moon and the other by Senator Del Marsh.  They take quite different approaches to the issue and you can see both articles at the links just provided. Let’s take a look at some of… Read More

DeVos Defense Short On Facts, Long On Fluff.

Thanks to a tweet from a staff member with the Business Council. of Alabama, I came across this article from the conservative blog RedState in defense of Betsy DeVos.  Given that this is the same BCA that testified last year for the infamous RAISE act, supported the recent “school rally” in Montgomery, supports charter schools and… Read More

Diane Ravitch About Betsy DeVos

Diane Ravitch is probably the most vocal voice in the country when it comes to opposing many of the “ed reforms” being pushed by Washington think tanks and those hoping to profit from education these days.  She is a highly-honored education historian and the author of best-selling books.  Her blog gets 100,000 views a week.… Read More

Email, Birthdays And Other Stuff

Seems that me and this high tech world are always bumping heads.  Or about the time I get something figured out, something happens to upset my apple cart. Have mentioned before the email issue with this site.  See, if you look on the right hand side of a blog post, there is a place to… Read More

Trump’s Nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, Flounders During Senate Hearing

As most in education know, President Elect Donald Trump is supporting Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos for his Secretary of Education.  The only problem seems to be that she is extremely limited in her knowledge of both education in general and the activities of USDOE in particular. There is no shortage of news about how her… Read More