Validating minority cultures in public education

01-Jun-2019 01:33

As the students file out of Janet's classroom, I sit in the back corner, scribbling a few final notes. And I witnessed moments of internal conflict in Janet, when what she wanted to believe about her students collided with her prejudices.

Defeat in her eyes, Janet drops into a seat next to me with a sigh. Like most educators, Janet is determined to create an environment in which each student reaches his or her full potential.

“They need the buy-in of Congress and the American people.

." And then the deficit floodgates open: "They don't care about school. And their parents—I'm lucky if two or three of them show up for conferences.

In 2011, De Vos family members and the Great Lakes project lobbied successfully to lift a cap on the number of charter schools in the state.

About 80 percent of the charter schools in Michigan are operated by for-profit companies, with little to no oversight from the state.

“Putting a GOP-mega donor in charge of education policy is more of the pay-to-play politics that voters don’t want and that students don’t need.” Funding Efforts to Gut Public Education In Michigan, De Vos fought for tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of public schools, for vouchers that divert taxpayer funds from public schools to private schools, and to allow for-profit charter school corporations to operate with no accountability while being funded by taxpayers.

In 2001, she founded the Great Lakes Education Project to advance charter schools in Michigan after her family had spent almost .8 million on a losing initiative to establish statewide school vouchers.Chief among these is the "culture of poverty" myth—the idea that poor people share more or less monolithic and predictable beliefs, values, and behaviors.

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