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Democrats for Education Reform Massachusetts is pushing a poll on Boston teachers that has two problems: we have no way to evaluate the poll, and we have no way of evaluating DFER MA.


Donald Trump's recent orders on transgender military personnel and Dreamers should finish off the Republicans' "party of Lincoln" label once and for all.

Trump is a failed human being in almost every respect. Pretending that he might “grow” into the toughest job on earth is moronic. Pretending that the signs of engagement that signaled confidence and competence in past presidencies can be interpreted similarly during the Trump presidency is not useful and may even be dangerous.

Tomorrow I will meet my fall 2017 semester students for the first time. Though I am teaching three different courses, all three of my opening day lectures will focus on the same point. All of my students will read a concise description of the dangers of political amateurism written last month by political science professor and blogger Julia Azari.

Azari’s thesis is simple and her perspective widely shared by political scientists. Democracy is not easy and widespread public political ignorance and apathy has long created fertile ground for populist calls for the elevation of political outsiders to power.  The problem is that political outsiders inevitably promote what Azari calls “the pernicious myth of populism that beneath elite squabbles there exists widespread unity of principles” among average Americans. Of course, there is no such consensus. Americans are committed to broadly defined ideals, like freedom, equality, and individual rights, but not agreed on precise definitions of these ideas or on how to realize them.  For that, they need professional help. 


They say money is fungible but when it comes to plutocratic efforts to privatize public education there are two kinds of money: upstream and downstream.


Massachusetts Parents United may be Old Wine in an Empty Bottle but it's attracted some big money backers. Let's take a closer look at the Walton Family Foundation, Longfield Family Foundation, and National Philanthropic Trust.

Farewell, Winston

The loss of your dog is supposed to bring forth great stories of the cosmic bond between families and pets.   This is not one of those stories.

The new education group Massachusetts Parents United sounds grassroots but it is yet another faux populist proxy for wealthy interests.


Last week the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance passed off another round of fake information as a "poll." But it couldn't have done it without help from local media.


Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance's latest poll is a worthy candidate to fill up your trash bin.

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