Steven Singer

Steven Singer

Steven Singer is a husband, father, teacher, blogger and education advocate. He often writes at his own blog here.

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"From this day forward, let us always remember what they did to New Orleans. Let us remember what they are trying to do to Puerto Rico." (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Crippled Puerto Rico Offered School Privatization as Quick Fix for Woes
You’re Puerto Rico’s school system. More than five months since a devastating hurricane hit the island’s shores , some 270 schools are still without power. Roughly 25,000 students are leaving with that number expected to swell to 54,000 in four years . And that’s after an 11-year recession already...
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"At most, it casts doubt on the entire process of high stakes standardized testing." Views
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Few Kids in the World Can Pass America’s Common Core Tests, According to New Study
Could you jump through a hoop? Probably if it were lying on the ground. But what if it were held slightly higher? Let’s say waist high? Sure. Shoulder height? Maybe with some practice. How about if we raised the hoop to the rafters of a three story auditorium? Could you jump through THAT? No. Of...
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MLK Public Education Views
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Public Schools Best Fulfill Dr. King’s “Purpose of Education”
What is the purpose of education? Is it to train the next generation of workers? Or is it to empower the next generation of citizens ? Is it to give children the skills necessary to meet the needs of business and industry? Or is it to provide them the tools to self-actualize and become the best...
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"The board is fighting to give the superintendent a $38,000 raise. Yet they refuse to give another penny to teachers – all while class sizes have jumped from 21 to 29 students, according to Hargrave." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, January 11, 2018
When You Mistreat Teachers, Beware the Unintended Lessons for Students
We’ve all seen the shocking video from Vermillion Parish in Louisiana this week where a teacher is tackled to the ground and arrested because she asked a question to the school board. It’s a gross abuse of power that brings up many issues: Public servants responding to the public with violence...
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"So we’re expecting the poorest communities to take up the largest percentage of the tab." (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Betsy DeVos – Extreme Image Makeover as Champion of Special Needs Children
Meet Betsy DeVos, Champion of Students With Special Needs. At least that’s who she’s pretending to be this week. The wealthy Republican mega-donor who bought her position as Secretary of Education published an article in the current issue of Education Week called “Commentary: Tolerating Low...
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Protesters demonstrate near the full Senate budget committee markup of the tax reform legislation on Capital Hill November 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Republicans in the Senate hope to pass their legislation this week and work with the House of Representatives to get a bill to President Donald Trump before Christmas. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, December 02, 2017
"We Want Our Money Back!" The Rallying Cry of the 99% After GOP Tax Scam Bill Passes Senate
We want our money back! Every penny! With interest! Do you hear us, Republican Senators? Early this morning while most of us slept, you passed a $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthiest people in America! And you did it 51-49 with only one Republican, Bob Corker of Tennessee, joining all...
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Friday, November 10, 2017
Making Puerto Rico the New New Orleans – Steal the Schools and Give Them to Big Business to Run For Profit
Charter school backers can’t help it. They see a bunch of black or brown kids displaced by a natural disaster and they have to swoop in to help… Help themselves, that is. They did it in 2005 to New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina. Now they want to do it again in Puerto Rico after Hurricane...
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Bill Gates & Betsy DeVos Views
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Bill Gates & Betsy DeVos: Mr. and Mrs. Public School Sabotage
America’s public schools are in crisis. Because people make money when America’s public schools are in crisis . And who sits atop this mountain of bribery and malfeasance? Who gives the money that buys the politicians who make the laws that hurt the kids and profits the donors? It’s none other than...
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It is almost impossible to inflict this kind of death toll in such a short time without these types of firearms. Views
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Guns and Profit – Why We’ll Do Absolutely Nothing New After This Las Vegas Shooting
Wake up, America. We are not the land of the brave or the home of the free . We are the land of the gun and the home of the free market. Stephen Paddock’s killing spree last night in Las Vegas will not change anything – except the bottom line for numerous gun manufacturers . Ca-ching, people!...
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In the aftermath of Katrina, New Orleans lost almost its entire public school system. About 90 percent of the city’s 126 schools were given to the Louisiana Recovery School District, which turned them all into charter schools. Views
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
After Hurricane Harvey, Will Houston Public Schools Be Charterized?
It’s an all too familiar scene in America. A natural disaster devastates a major metropolitan city. And then the forces of profit and privatization use the chaos and uncertainty as cover to steal public services and turn them into mechanisms to increase their own bottom line. That’s what happened...
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