Which Political Party Controls the Department of Education?

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I received the following item in my e-mail this morning. For all of the talk by the Far Right about the inadequacies of the Department of Education and the ruinous impact that it has had on public education in this country, when I skim this e-mail, I would be hard-pressed to identify much that has not had its origins in Far-Right think tanks. Note, for instance, the heavy emphasis on standardized testing and even on the concept of “reform.”

In fact, I’d like someone to explain to me how having a Republican in the Oval Office would substantially or significantly change the focus of the Department of Education. I don’t think that it is at all unreasonable to express astonishment that an ostensibly more progressive administration has not been taking a much different approach to improving public education.

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