Betsy DeVos, Steve Ingersoll, and Michigan as a “cautionary tale” for American education | Eclectablog

by Mitchell Robinson
The news yesterday that Bay City, MI charter school operator Dr. Steve Ingersoll had been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison after being convicted on three counts of tax evasion and conspiracy should be sending shivers up Betsy DeVos’ spine today. Because while Dr. Ingersoll and Ms. DeVos may not know one another, the connections between them are numerous, significant, and absolutely chilling.

As I’ve written about previously, Dr. Ingersoll (he’s an eye doctor, with no degrees in education), is the poster child for what’s wrong with Michigan’s approach to regulation and oversight of the state’s charter schools…

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MLive, History and the Exclusion of Indigenous Reality

Great post by Jeff Smith identifying the ignorance and insensitivity of a recent MLive online photo essay. Kudos Jeff!

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

On Wednesday, December 14, MLive thought it would provide a short history lesson on something that took place 180 years ago.

Apparently, people from Ohio and delegates from the territory that would become Michigan met in Ann Arbor to work out a land deal.screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-2-33-44-pm

Ohio ended up getting what was called the Toledo Strip, while Michigan ended up getting the Upper Peninsula.

This was not in an MLive news stories, but one of those photo galleries with brief captions. This photo gallery consists of 19 slides. In the first 6 slides they share some of this brief history between Ohio and Michigan. However, there was one glaring omission, the MLive piece never mentions that Indigenous people on the land that was “in dispute.”


The reality is that thousands of indigenous people lived in what is now called Michigan prior to the European invasion. Most in these native communities experienced…

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