Education Reform That Works

Education Reform That Works
by tultican
The Teacher Powered Schools (TPS) movement has a history of success and is now in more than 100 schools. It won’t make anyone rich but it just might bring a new area of positive growth in the teaching and learning process.

It could be argued that TPS has been around since Socrates. More recently, Debra Meier’s efforts to democratize schools in New York and Boston along with her friend Ted Sizer’s thinking has set a foundation for today’s movement. The modern TPS movement stemming from the 1990’s accelerated in 2012 with the publication of Trusting Teachers with School Success by Kim Farris-Berg and Edward Dirkswager with Amy Junge.

By 1997, Debra Meier could open one of the first TPS schools, Mission Hill k-8 in Boston. Her glowing reputation led school officials who would normally have been quite skeptical to embrace her concept. A case study describes the school’s governance:

“A governing board, consisting of a council that represents parents, faculty, students and other community members, oversees the school to ensure the teacher team continues to meet the needs of students effectively but delegates decision-making authority to the teacher team. The teachers and the principal they selected collaborate on all decisions, including curriculum, staffing, and the school’s schedule. They involve all local education stakeholders in decisions regarding principal selection, determining the school’s mission, and approving staff-developed budget and human resources plans.”

Following 20 years of experience, a local New England news outlet reports… https://tultican.com/2017/04/17/education-reform-that-works/

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The Teacher Powered Schools (TPS) movement has a history of success and is now in more than 100 schools. It won’t make anyone rich but it just might bring a new area of positive growth in the teaching and learning process.

It could be argued that TPS has been around since Socrates. More recently, Debra Meier’s efforts to democratize schools in New York and Boston along with her friend Ted Sizer’s thinking has set a foundation for today’s movement. The modern TPS movement stemming from the 1990’s accelerated in 2012 with the publication of Trusting Teachers with School Success by Kim Farris-Berg and Edward Dirkswager with Amy Junge.

By 1997, Debra Meier could open one of the first TPS schools, Mission Hill k-8 in Boston. Her glowing reputation led school officials who would normally have been quite skeptical to embrace her concept. A case study describes the school’s governance:

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Congress is on recess: Time for your rep to “get schooled” – Network For Public Education

Because Congress is on recess until April 25, this week presents the perfect opportunity to talk to your representatives about public education.
Here is the best way to do that. Take a moment today or tomorrowto find their local office (find Senate info here and House here). Click on their names to go to their websites. Call and ask for a meeting. Or better yet, simply go to the office (preferably the main office) for a chat.
Staff will offer to “take down your concerns.” Don’t settle for that–ask to speak to your member of Congress. If they are not in the office, ask for a time they will be in so that you can return. If the staffer does not know, politely say you will wait until they find out. If you are unsuccessful, have information to leave, including a personal letter, and make an appointment to speak with their staff in charge of education issues.

What is the purpose of the visit? We have found that many of our representatives do not really understand school privatization. Or, in some cases, they believe that their constituents do not understand what they are up to, and therefore they can go along with the corporate education lobby without opposition.

That is why we have prepared our NPE toolkit, School Privatization Explained. Use it for your talking points. Bring some of the informational sheets to leave. You can download the toolkit here. It is especially important that you “school” your representative on how education tax credits are no more than vouchers in disguise. They are likely to be promoted in this budget.

For an excellent primer on the topic of disguised vouchers, read NEPC’s Kevin Welner’s piece here.

When you call or visit the office, ask when the next town hall will be. Get others to  go with you and ask direct questions about privatization. Remember you are “schooling” fellow constituents even as you express your views.

There are many important competing issues right now. Make sure support for public education is on the top of every list!

Please post and tweet the link to this email.

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Thanks for all you do.

Carol Burris

Executive Director, NPE


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Arizona Expands Privatization of Education Yet Again

High School Graduation—Rahm’s Plan Worse than Ohio’s Terrible Plan, But Arne Loves It
by janresseger
I had imagined it would be pretty hard to come up with worse high school graduation requirements than the new Ohio plan endorsed by Governor John Kasich. Watching the state move toward the implementation of our new graduation requirements a year from now is like watching a train speeding down the wrong track. It is expected that nearly a third of the students in Ohio’s Class of 2018 won’t be able to accrue the required 18 points—based on their cumulative scores on end-of-course exams—to graduate from high school next June. Remember that the cut scores on high stakes exams are not in some way scientific, but can be raised or lowered depending on how many students politicians want to pass or fail.

School superintendents from across Ohio have been holding protest rallies at the statehouse, and this week even the Ohio State Board of Education proposed a one-year emergency exemption to allow students to graduate from high school in June of 2018, as long as they have passed all their classes even though they may not have scored high enough on the tests. The State Board suggests that students could make up for low test scores with, “some career training goals or by doing things like having strong attendance or classroom grades their senior year.” For the members of the State Board to oppose Governor Kasich on this matter is pretty amazing. After all, eight of the 19 members of the Ohio State Board of Education are appointed by the governor and most of the rest of them are members of his party.

But Chicago’s mayor (who also runs the public schools) Rahm Emanuel just came up with a more punitive and less workable plan to toughen up. Here is the Chicago Tribune: https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/arizona-expands-privatization-of-education-yet-again/

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Arizona is no stranger to the privatization of education.  It has had charter schools, online charter schools, tuition tax credits and the newest iteration of privatization—Education Savings Accounts (ESAs).  Tuition tax credits and education savings accounts are particular types of school tuition vouchers, by which children are granted tax funded coupons to pay all or more commonly part of private school tuition.  An education savings account program expansion was signed into law late last week by Arizona’s governor.  Now every single child in the state will be eligible, though at this time there are enrollment caps—to be expanded gradually over time— on how many students the state will underwrite each year.  ESAs are basically an experiment in totally portable school funding.

Here is Dana Goldstein describing Arizona’s ESA expansion in the NY Times: “The bill, which the State Legislature passed on Thursday, makes all 1.1 million public school students…

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Speaking of Revolution. | BustED Pencils

Speaking of Revolution.

by Tim Slekar

Last week I was following a few Facebook strands.  As I often do, when I find a quote that sparks me to think, I like to repost it to my Facebook page.  Typically I get a decent amount of “likes” with the occasional comment.  However, when I took Alison Hawyer McDowell’s quote below I had no idea of what would follow.

Take a read and then keep the conversation going.  Is Alison right?  Without a revolution is the teaching profession doomed?

[I]f people don’t rise up en masse there likely will not be a teaching profession as we traditionally think of it in 5-7 years. Alison Hawver McDowell

Margaret Benson

Who do you want to have rise up en masse?Tim Slekar

The 88.95% of of the population that send their children to public schools and all the employees that work at those schools and all the pointy headed academics (like me and you) that think we will get a pass when public schools are dismantled.Alison Hawver McDowell

We really need everyone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N54qNTeBOek

Alison Hawver McDowell

If you have more time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvqBJYmpQrY

Alison Hawver McDowell

Lots more here: https://wrenchinthegears.com/

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Don Jo

I believe this to be trueAlison Hawver McDowell

This is where we are headed if people don’t speak up. There really isn’t that much time. Much of the infrastructure to make this transition happen is already in place. http://www.knowledgeworks.org/…/future-ed-workforce…

Alison Hawver McDowell

I am busy mapping Nellie Mae grants all over New England. This threat is very real. “Personalized” learning is not what people think. Tim Slekar

-You’re in WI, right? What’s the deal with the CESU-1 Innovative Learning Program? It’s right near Waukesha where Walker made his “let’s end seat time” speach the other day, right?Margaret Benson

But how do you reach them (us) all? Most parents don’t understand what is going on until it is too late. They put up with a lot of bs because their kid is happy and seems to be doing well. They may not even go to PTA meetings. Come to think of it, the PTA is mostly about bake sales, and mickey mouse stuff. Why would anyone go to a PTA meeting? School Board members sometimes get it, but the rest of the public? Not so much.Alison Hawver McDowell

I don’t know. Some think it’s already over. I haven’t gotten there yet, but I’m not hopeful.

Tim Slekar

Literally knock on doors of our neighbors and talk to them!

Alison Hawver McDowell

Share information. Take it to the school boards. My friend Alice in TX has been at every public forum there is. And this issue cuts across political lines. If we want to have schools instead of digital ed drop in centers, we need to get cracking.

Alison Hawver McDowell

There are tech bonds coming up all over the country. The “seat time” waiver started in WI, but that’s going to start appearing other places, too. We need to learn the warning signs and ask questions and try to slow it down.

Cheryl Ann

· and itʻs not just parents, neighbors Itʻs our colleagues too who accept and continue. Some see and do this.. others need help to see and stop. At my old school, the teachers have bought the digital curriculum hook, line and sinker and sold it to parents as the reason why the school excels. Itʻs a tough road to be one of a few in a building who see the demise, talk about it and get ostracized or ignored. BUT we must continue and Alison Hawver McDowell

has given us so many great tools to share.

Alison Hawver McDowell

The reformers have pushed out veteran teachers and brought in so many new ones that only know teaching via data dashboard. Plus they are providing incentives and fellowships for “teacher leaders” to be trained in these systems and bring them back to their districts. That is what happened in RI. Nellie Mae has different categories of grants. Convince the public; convince/train the teachers, convince the students, get into the districts, create the new system, acquire the back up research to support it all. They are darn thorough.Cheryl Ann

Alison Hawver McDowell

That they are.. Google has pretty much run of the roost here in the DOE.Bridget Heffernan Mendel

I’ve shared the info to many here in FL.its not getting through. We need more prominent people to speak out. The heads of education colleges and universities would help. Pediatricians must be out in the media speaking out, not just publishing in journals. We need face time from these people. My word means little. When I hear a parent say, I don’t want my kid to feel left out or different. I don’t want my kid tested badly by teachers or admin by refusing iReady, then I know I’m getting nowhere with that parent.Khem Irby

If the Teachers in the PTA would use it to advocate it will change the organization. A teacher is leading the national now. We need a parent leading and teachers supporting those parents not leading.Alison Hawver McDowell

The PTA is pushing CCSS. They need CCSS to push the digitization of education. That was the whole point.Khem Irby

But we all must be willing to work on our local organizations. Change will not come from the top until it changes.Alison Hawver McDowell

Very few people realize the end game. That is the problem. People are being intentionally distracted and organizing around the wrong things; things that won’t actually stop this digital / learning ecosystem transition. That is why I am so frustrated.Alison Hawver McDowell

THIS is what it’s all about: https://www.c-span.org/video/…

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Michael Elliot

Do you know why parents don’t get it? And why people aren’t “rising up”. That may be the most important question to ask.Alison Hawver McDowell

Why?Cheryl Ann

·My answer: Not sure but it seems to me that this whole thing is about “look at what my kid can do on a computer” which was so unlike what the parents and grandparents could do. It became an easy sell to those in the wings to bring it in to schools. Add a bit of teacher/union bashing and it was/is the perfect environment. imhoAlison Hawver McDowell

“personalization” “individual pathways” so much American exceptionalism, everyone at the center of their own universeCheryl Ann

·Alison Hawver McDowell

and the connections between the systems and these pathways have become so clouded with so much intermingling that itʻs hard to tell who is the wolf leading the sheep.Michael Elliot

If you’re desperately trying to open a door and you keep putting the key on the lock but it doesn’t work, or you try to bash it in but it doesn’t break, at a certain point in time you have to say to yourself, this isn’t going to work. Time is running out and you have to try something differentAlison Hawver McDowell

And….that’s why some are saying it’s over. Give up, wait for the destruction, and plan on building a new version of education. But that will entail the end of the teaching profession. And some might be able to carve out intentional communities of progressive, humane educational practice but that’s not what most kids are going to get. It’s just not. And are we going to make that sacrifice? And if we head that way are we that much different from Vander Ark and DeVos? This is something I’m really struggling with right now.Michael Elliot

No one is saying give up…. the message, the information, the vision, the concept the fight, is right..!!!! the question is, how do you get people to focus, to wake up, to take an active part? I dont have the answer. All i know is that the key isnt working, and the door is barred shut, we have to go around the back or through the window or down the damn chimney if need be. Giving up, is not an option.Cynthia Allen

Parents don’t “get it” because they trust the system. They trust that what is happening in our schools is best for their children because “why would anyone do something harmful to my kids?” They just don’t believe us “crazy” folks out here telling them otherwise. They also don’t research anything on their own or take ownership in the process.Dave Greene

And most don’t really know good teaching. The movements many are for have to do only with ending testing._______________________________________________________________

Stefanie Rysdahl Fuhr

Tim, the district my kids attend showed a video with a big shot personalized learning guru from Wisconsin. I tried to find the video so I could see if you knew of him.
Since talking to you yesterday, Alison Hawver McDowell

. I have some ideas on potential messaging

Alison Hawver McDowell

There a lot being incubated in WI. I spoke with a state school board member in AL and they outsourced PD training on CCSS to a different CESU in WI. Weird. This is all linked.

Stefanie Rysdahl Fuhr

I’ll take a risk and share some ideas….I think we go on the offensive and state exactly what this quote is. Our schools….and our profession is done. And that’s where we start…

Stefanie Rysdahl Fuhr

And I think when people don’t understand or are indifferent we just let them know matter of factly is the deal. No more do we say “our tin foil hats”. We lead with stories. I heard the spiel on personalized learning and it sounds pretty good. However, what they are saying it is and what I’m seeing are not the same. We need teachers to start striking back with actual researched best practice and I think we start with the work of Nancy atwell since she won that huge award

Alison Hawver McDowell

We just need to be wary of anything that will draw us into metric-based “accountability.” Because it is the “success” “growth” “evidence-based policy” that will ties us into that global financial system. That must be avoided at all costs. We should not be financializing children.

Stefanie Rysdahl Fuhr

So they sell personalized learning and yet measure according to standards or targets….metric based growth is what I’d call it. The two technically contradict each other.

Alison Hawver McDowell

I think to them data and metrics are “personal.” Therein lies the problem.

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Susan Jennifer

How does Google Classroom fit in with all of this?

Alison Hawver McDowell

In the long run we are accepting surveillance in exchange for “free” convenience. Plus we have been building Google’s datasets for years so they are far ahead in AI advancements-all via running their algorithms against our data. Check out Evgeny Morozov’s work: https://www.hkw.de/en/app/mediathek/video/50670

Susan Jennifer

So we have been helping them create the programs that will replace our jobs?

Alison Hawver McDowell

At first I was just worried about student data privacy since in Philly the student email account addresses (managed by google) are their student ID numbers. But it’s much bigger than that.

Susan Jennifer

What is the alternative? Are you suggesting a return to pen and paper?

Susan Jennifer

All of our staff and students have google accounts too.

Alison Hawver McDowell

Yup. Like I said. All of the infrastructure rolled in right under our noses and we didn’t ever have a clue about where things were ultimately headed.

Alison Hawver McDowell

Susan Jennifer

There are serious concerns about wifi-health impacts screen time. I think we need to roll back on the 1:1 programs. Moderate use of tech. Maybe put it back in media centers. And honestly much of this has no place in younger grades.

Alison Hawver McDowell

Please, if you can watch my talk above. It’s an hour. I gave it in Seattle. There’s really not much time. https://wrenchinthegears.com/…/we-change-the-world-by…/

Alison Hawver McDowell

And it’s not just K12 or even P20, its human capital management from cradle to grey: https://www.yetanalytics.com/…/the-eidcc-the-experience…

Susan Jennifer

How can we even stop this?

Susan Jennifer

It seems like PARCC and CCSS were intentional red herrings

Alison Hawver McDowell

One day at a time. One conversation at a time. A friend invited me to Seattle. I gave a talk in the local library and another online friend arranged to have the video made. It’s been watch over 2,000 times in the past few weeks. That’s more than I ever dreamed of. Now maybe a lot of them are Vander Ark’s cronies looking for a way to shut me up. But you never know the ripple effect a few people can have.

Alison Hawver McDowell

Yes, they were.

Alison Hawver McDowell

And opt out, unfortunately. And I was a PA UOO contact. We had no idea. https://wrenchinthegears.com/…/stop-dont-opt-out-read…/

Alison Hawver McDowell

There is a closed FB page of people trying to work on this. https://www.facebook.com/groups/stopPBE/

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Karin Babcock

I gave it 10 but that is very generous.

Victoria M. Young

Tim Slekar

We did rise up – together – in 2011. I don’t understand why I have never been consulted about how we did it. I was the secretary and everyone knows that “the” secretary is the one central to the workings of any organizing…..I’m not blowing my own horn here, just speakin’ the truth…I’m not saying that others may have done more visible work, I’m just saying that organizing is like herding cats… But, the group was sabotaged; I was targeted ….The conference went on without a secretary and the work was somewhat lost. … I still have all my notes and have offered them to a few others over the years….no takers…..I boxed them up and put them in the basement….But I highly recommend we re-group and accept the fact that there will be those within the group hoping we don’t succeed — and we act accordingly…ie. build trust within, make and stick to a plan. http://thecrucialvoice.com/…/11/21/s-o-s-why-we-organized/

We had success in our sights. Once we got serious about organizing, we put in a full year of our lives for that one gathering…….but what was more important was the national network we had developed and should have been able to keep going. —–Divided we fell.

Michael Elliot

I think opt out is an organizing point, not an end in itself. its a willing audience that has been mobilizing. But many people are not there yet. its a process.

Victoria M. Young

This isn’t a new problem. My city’s high school did the same with Physics. Science education was one reason I jumped into this fight. http://thecrucialvoice.com/Why%20Change?.pdf

Cindy Hamilton

This is a FL educator.

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Victoria M. Young

You parents need to fight back with some pointed questions whose answers would make your case. Plus, recognize and call out propaganda. This teacher is using an artificial dichotomy —- just like was done with Common Core and high-stakes testing (all or none are the only two choices). I just updated this blog http://wp.me/p2I0Ww-h1

with a quick reference to a list of propaganda techniques. Hope this helps in the battles to come.

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Ruth Powers

This time we cannot afford infighting. The stakes are too high. Solidarity in support of public education, unionized teachers, and teacher education that is based on principles of equity (not just techniques and strategies) must be the ONLY priority. Yes we are human and flawed. But we can’t give in to it. Not now.

Victoria M. Young

I’d suggest listing the deans by geographic regions in the US to make it easier for parent and citizen organizers to reach out to those closest to them to build regional coalitions.

Victoria M. Young

Unfortunately, Ruth Powers

it was just infighting (there really wasn’t much of that in the original SOS organizing committee). It was having a movement be taken over and controlled by organizations. It was a political power play that resulted in diverting the movement to follow leaders that then betrayed the movements original focus…..It wasn’t simple infighting. It was much more destructive than that.

Michael Elliot

Is there an example of a great sustained movement where power and greed didn’t supplant the original intentions?

Victoria M. Young

The American Revolution – one of the few successful revolutions.

Michael Elliot

that may be revisionist history…. we’re living in it and if you think this is the first time its been dominated by money and special interests you’d be wrong

 Victoria M. Young

I keyed in on the words “original intentions.” I think they succeeded. A movement was sustained that gave birth to our sovereign nation. After that, I think becoming a republic was a wise decision. Have we allowed corruption to get out of hand periodically? You bet. And getting back to our foundation might very well be what sets this mess right.

Khem Irby

I only wonder what teachers and administrators are afraid of. The schools that are testing high are not concerned about the rest. That is the biggest obstacle. Until they realize what happens to one school and one child we cannot defeat this attack on public education.

Ruth Powers

Not all teachers and administrators. It requires courage to put your job on the line, but many are doing it. We need to build on those.

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Friday Fun – Humor and Comedy in Writing

Friday Fun – Humor and Comedy in Writing
by nhwn
Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: Earlier this month, Jamie posted a heads up about an opportunity to take an online writing class with comedian, actor, and author, Steve Martin. This got us thinking about the role of humor and comedy in our writing. What role does the comedic element play in your writing? How comfortable are you with the idea of being funny? What makes you laugh? What effect does humor have on you as a reader?

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Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION:  Earlier this month, Jamie posted a heads up about an opportunity to take an online writing class with comedian, actor, and author, Steve Martin.  This got us thinking about the role of humor and comedy in our writing. What role does the comedic element play in your writing? How comfortable are you with the idea of being funny? What makes you laugh? What effect does humor have on you as a reader?

JME5670V2smCROPJamie Wallace: Clearly, since I brought this topic up, I’m intrigued by the idea of humor and comedy in writing. I’ve never thought of myself as a “funny person” … at least not in the “ha-ha” way. (Funny/odd is a…

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Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull

Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull
by seattleducation2010
John Krull has agreed to answer some questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I implemented a blended and personal learning infrastructure for 87 urban schools improving overall student engagement”. […]

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John Krull has agreed to answer some questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools.

As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I implemented a blended and personal learning infrastructure for 87 urban schools improving overall student engagement”.

To put that in plain English, “blended and personalized learning” means that a student works in front of a computer the greater part of the day and the teacher is then able to manage over 30 students in a class, theoretically, which is a way to cut cost.

It also means that the computer or laptop is programmed with Common Core Standard packaged lessons and its associated testing which becomes an integral part of the software. There is also experimentation with using a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program that is integrated into the computers to…

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Easter Sunday links.

Fred Klonsky

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Of the top 100 US newspapers, 47 ran editorials on President Donald Trump’s Syria airstrikes last week: 39 in favor, seven ambiguous and only one opposed to the military attack.

In other words, 83 percent of editorials on the Syria attack supported Trump’s bombing, 15 percent took an ambivalent position and 2 percent said the attack shouldn’t have happened. Polls showed the US public being much more split: Gallup (4/7–8/17) and ABC/Washington Post (4/7–9/17) each had 51 percent supporting the airstrikes and 40 percent opposed, while CBS (4/7–9/17) found 57 percent in favor and 36 percent opposed.

A list of the editorials with quotes showing support or opposition can be seen here. The list of the top 100 editorial boards in the country was taken from a 2016 Hill piece (10/5/16) on presidential election endorsements. FAIR

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The Truth About North Korea: Why Is Trump Provoking the DPRK? »

The Truth About North Korea: Why Is Trump Provoking the DPRK?

by John Laurits

In a recent interview, Donald Trump warned — with stunning diplomatic grace — that, if China does not “solve North Korea,” the US will. That’s right, solve them — because North Korea is a problem, not a country inhabited by millions of human beings who have hearts, dreams, & fears like you & I do. Now that the despicable cowards […]

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An Easter and Passover Joke

Diane Ravitch's blog

Happy Easter!

Here’s a smile for your holidays.

I think you should spend today reading something other than this blog.

If you are Christian, go to church or do whatever you usually do.

If you are Jewish or Muslim or atheist or anything else, read and enjoy the day.

I would say I’m going fishing, but where I live, it’s not the season. Also, I don’t like fishing.

Actually, we are cooking up a big Easter meal for Mary’s family.

So, scour the blog for things you missed. I will be doing clean-up all day.

Get outside and breathe the spring. Winter is over. Be happy.

Enjoy friends and family.

I will be back tomorrow with some fabulous posts!

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CWD and the West MI Power Structure: Part II

The West MI Power Structure – Part II
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
Last month we posted an article about the West Michigan Power Structure that did not specifically involve the DeVos Family. We looked at people like Peter Seechia, John Kennedy, Michael Jandernoa and Mark Murray.

In Part II of our look at the West Michigan Power Structure we look at three men who make up CWD Real Estate Investment – Sam Cummings, Scott Wierda and Dan DeVos.

CWD was in the news last Thursday, after the Grand Rapids City Commission voted unanimously to … https://griid.org/2017/04/17/the-west-mi-power-structure-part-ii/

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Last month we posted an article about the West Michigan Power Structure that did not specifically involve the DeVos Family. We looked at people like Peter Seechia, John Kennedy, Michael Jandernoa and Mark Murray.

In Part II of our look at the West Michigan Power Structure we look at three men who make up CWD Real Estate Investment – Sam Cummings, Scott Wierda and Dan DeVos.

CWD was in the news last Thursday, after the Grand Rapids City Commission voted unanimously to approve $2.3 million in reimbursements through brownfield funding for a new hotel project. In addition, the Downtown Development Authority awarded CWD an additional $895,000 in tax abatements this past February

According to the MLive story, the new hotel will be run by the Amway Hotel Corp. This should come as no surprise, considering that Dan DeVos is one of the three men running CWD, but also because of the…

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