At 7 pm tonight, David McKenna, a.k.a. Odd Man Out, will read “Chokepoint,” from Idiot Lights, his collection of thematically related short stories set in Atlantic City and Philadelphia.
The reading is at:
Walt Whitman Arts Center, 2nd Floor
101 Cooper St.
A reminder that education “reformer” Michelle Rhee can’t be trusted, and that she’s up to no damned good in Pennsylvania:
To understand the attack on public education in Pennsylvania, begin with Rachel Tabachnik’s comprehensive report on the partnership between far right-wing funders like the DeVos family with Michelle Rhee’s national StudentsFirst organization, and the Pennsylvania StudentsFirst organization, which shares the same name as Rhee’s group, but has very different people running it.
The Pennsylvania Students First organization is actually an affiliate of American Federation for Children (AFC), chaired by Betsy DeVos, as it states on the website. A donation to Students First PAC was received from Joel Greenberg, a board member of AFC, on the date the PAC was formed. Approximately 5 million dollars from Greenberg, a co-founder of Susquehanna Investment Group (SIG), and two of the other SIG co-founders, Jeffrey Yass and Arthur Dantchik, would follow between March 10 and May 11, 2010. Most of this money was, in turn, contributed to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony H. Williams. Graphic at right is the AFC board of directors.
It would be simple enough to dismiss the Pennsylvania organization as a cynical effort to piggyback onto the national Rhee organization, which still seems to meet with the approval of liberals who aren’t paying attention, except that Michelle Rhee is bear-hugging projects of that organization and gracing them with her appearance and support. For example:
- Rhee visited Lincoln Charter in June of 2011, with Gov. Corbett, Ed. Sec. Roy Tomalis, and Jeffrey E. Piccola. The school choice bill in Pennsylvania is Piccola’s number one priority, and Governor Corbett is in lockstep with that goal. DeVos’ StudentsFirst PAC donated $50,000 to Piccola, so it’s reasonable to conclude they’re expecting some results for that donation.
- Rhee spoke to teachers at the Mastery Academy charter school in Philadelphia on Sept. 22. Dawn Chavous, a board member at a Mastery School, is also an employee at the DeVos-funded StudentsFirst PAC.
- Finally, there is the now-infamous appearance with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at the gala sponsored by American Federation for Children, the DeVos organization which spawned Pennsylvania’s StudentsFirst organization.
Wednesday, Oct 5 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | MSNBC’s Alan Boyle(Cosmic Log) talks with Sean Carroll, Caltech theoretical physicist who focuses on the structure and evolution of the universe. He’s the author of “From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time,” a popular-level book on cosmology and the arrow of time, as well as a graduate textbook on general relativity. He’s blogged for the past seven years and currently hangs out with a few fellow scientist/bloggers at Cosmic Variance. Later this month [OCTOBER] he’ll be talking about “the laws of nature and the meaning of life” at the annual New Horizons in Science conference in Arizona.
Sean and Alan reality check some of the stranger scientific concepts bubbling up in popular culture, ranging from time travel to extra dimensions and faster-than-light particles. Produced in cooperation with MICA. Listen live and later on BTR
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Oct 5th, 2011 at 1:08 pm by odd man out
Yesterday, I read new remarks by Dennis Kucinich about so-called free trade and thought, damn, I’d vote for this guy over Barack Obama in a heartbeat. More here.