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Sun Mar 31, 2019, 04:54 PM

Betsy DeVos Wants More "Innovation" in Public Schools: How About Public School Food Trucks?

One of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ favorite “talking points” is that public schools are not “innovative,” and that the solution to our problems in education is to invest public tax dollars in creating more charter schools and voucher programs for private and religious schools:

“There’s still not enough innovation,” she said Tuesday, continuing her familiar focus on school choice and schools or networks working outside the traditional public system. “The reality is there are a number of challenges and opportunities facing American students, and Washington, DC does not have all the answers.”


I’d suggest that it is Ms. DeVos who “does not have all the answers,” and in fact isn’t really sure of what the questions are–but more on that in a minute.

In the meantime, I thought it would be helpful to share a story about an example of true innovation happening in Ohio, where the public schools are initiating a new program involving food trucks:

Last week saw Middletown Schools unveil the district’s first food truck, part of a $225,000 program to feed the district’s needy students by going to them on non-school days. The giant, brightly colored truck will travel to some of Middletown’s low-income communities this summer to deliver free lunches to children and teens who during the school year depend on such meals from their school cafeterias.


Read more: https://www.eclectablog.com/2019/03/betsy-devos-wants-more-innovation-in-public-schools-how-about-public-school-food-trucks.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 04:56 PM

1. "Washington, DC does not have all the answers"

That's an ironic statement coming from a person with ZERO experience in education who has completely booted educators out of the decision making process.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:00 PM

2. How 'bout we start by replacing a freakin' LOUSY poseur Secretary of

Education with some decent leadership who wants to work on seriously improving our public schools instead of merely doing away with them all? Get “privatization” the fuck OUT!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:01 PM

3. That's not what Ms DeVos was talking about. You have to grift millions from the government...

 

before it meets her standards. It must also be aimed to assist those that are better off. The poor can be helped through all the charitable foundations we all give so much to every Christmas.

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:12 PM

4. PJ,

I know you've added the "sarcasm" line, but there was no need to. All that you said is true!

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:18 PM

5. I just wanted to make sure. Some people on here actually report me for saying stupid stuff...

 

like she says...

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:21 PM

6. Because what DeVos means by "innovation" is ways for private interests to steal public money...

 

eom...

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Response to PeeJ52 (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:24 PM

8. After all,

she does have the "private education industry" to watch out for, right? Adults get to be in line for the $$$$$$$ before the kids.



Just wondering:

When will the military have to hold bake sales while the schools get the money they want and need?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 05:24 PM

7. Saying there's not enough innovation in public schools is just fucking insulting.

It doesn't look like Silicon Valley or Skunk Works because the people in the schools are innovating solutions to underfunded and ignored problems.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 07:38 PM

9. And what's "innovative"

about a 2000-year-old mythology?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 07:59 PM

10. That woman is a hyper-entitled moron

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 08:21 PM

11. DeVos probly thinks the kids should work for the food.

Seriously.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2019, 08:34 PM

12. DeVos & Co.'s only interest in food trucks is "How can we grift them"?

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