Just Answer Yes or No: State Ballot Proposals and Making Education Policy by Direct Democracy

  Courtesy of wikipedia commons Citizens last week voted yes or no on scores of statewide proposals, including seventeen in California. The nine measures in seven states that concerned education policy fall into two distinct categories: proposals affecting education funding and proposals affecting education governance. Proposals Affecting Education Funding Six proposals sought new or enhanced …

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That Exceptionalism Thing

I just finished reading Noam Chomsky’s latest work, Who Rules the World this morning, As the craziness of this presidential election unfolds around us both the major party candidates share the dominant script of America the Exceptional. In fact, both not only wish to preserve and protect that image, but one would even expand it. …

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A Disconnect Between Support and Service: Low Voter Turnout and Participation in School Board Elections

Another Election Day has recently passed and an online search for “uncontested school board elections” yields an abundance of recent news stories where only incumbents were vying for open school board seats or in some cases, no one was running.  Uncontested Candidates and Empty School Board Seats This year in New Jersey, there were a …

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Running into Roosevelt

On my weekly visit to the MSU Libraries new book shelf, I’ve been running into books that in some way or another bring up Franklin Roosevelt and his presidency. One of my more recent finds is Professor Scott Myers-Lipton’s Ending Extreme Inequality: An Economic Bill of Rights to Eliminate Poverty (Paradigm Publishers, 2015). Myers-Lipton looks …

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Candidates, Elections and Citizens

As we approach the fall elections to many positions in our communities and state there arises a little more interest in politics, even as most of us decry the increasing partisanship. My thoughts wander a lot these days as I am simultaneously a candidate, a supporter of other candidates, and a citizen concerned with the …

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Politics and Climate Change

Scientific evidence that climate change is real and raising havoc with our collective lives has been steadily mounting. This is all the more clear given recent reports emanating from many quarters, including the International Panel on Climate Change,   the National Climate Assessment, and   the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, on the impending …

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Choosing Our Future

Well the verbal battle for the vision of our future has been launched with the media focusing on two visions – President Obama’s and the House Republican’s (Ryan Budget) through their budget proposals. As is usually the case, a third approach from the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s, remains ignored. Well for the most part it does. …

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