Aldeman On Schoolhouse Economics, Accountability, DeVos On HBCUs, Medicaid And Kids, Bolick On Gorsuch, Bison!

Breaking: Economics don’t stop at the schoolhouse door. Chad Aldeman on the strange case of Georgia. 

Don’t tune out entitlement reform: Why Medicaid matters to students.

People are saying that the Trump and congressional actions on ESSA are going to gut the accountability. OK, that’s technically true. But ESSA hardly had any accountability to start with. It’s like complaining that someone is taking the flavor out of tofu. Conor Williams on that. 

Today in tone deaf statements. Or today in to a hammer everything is a nail. In case you didn’t hear, Betsy DeVos said something about HBCU’s, Twitter hated it. If she’d left out the school choice mentions or, better, added some context about why HBCUs evolved in the first place, she’d have been fine. Or maybe not, she can’t win at this point.

But, some of the controversy about the statement seems to be an effort to distract from what the White House is planning to do on HBCUs. Except that same controversy over the statement seems to be overshadowing the signal she sent on funding – or lack thereof! So in a weird way it’s backfiring. Or something.

Anyway, bottom line: The President is moving ED’s HBCU initiative to the White House but that’s only meaningful if it’s muscular, otherwise it’s just a new address.

Interesting Clint Bolick on what to expect if Neil Gorsuch is confirmed.

Where the buffalo roam.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 @ 1:04pm

One thought on “Aldeman On Schoolhouse Economics, Accountability, DeVos On HBCUs, Medicaid And Kids, Bolick On Gorsuch, Bison!

  1. Alan Vanneman

    “If she’d left out the school choice mentions or, better, added some context about why HBCUs evolved in the first place, she’d have been fine.”

    In other words, if she hadn’t said she said, she’d have been fine. Anyway, it’s all so confusing that it doesn’t matter. Because God forbid Andy Rotherham should print an unqualified criticism of Betsy DeVos.

    The simple fact is that DeVos wants to defund the existing public school system as a way to defund teachers’ unions as a way to defund the Democratic Party and let billionaires run this country, as God intended. It’s not hard to understand. It’s just hard for some people to say out loud.

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