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My local democratic party club just left me a message, “We recommend voting for ___ and ___ because the other two are backed by the tea party.  I don’t think I need to say anything else.  Thank you.”

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy - Politics K-12 - Education Week

"All students deserve excellent educators, and all educators deserve our full support," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told reporters during a White House press briefing Monday. "To reach these goals, there are no magic bullets or quick fixes and the best ideas, quite frankly, won’t come from any of us here in Washington. … Our department won’t require any particular approach." But, he added, some promising practices include giving strong teachers access to effective principals and colleagues, and paying them fairly, as well as giving teachers time to collaborate and learn from each other.

This is all too vague for me to guess what this could mean for us #education.

"As the Associated Press reported today, GOP officials in the state have fought the ACA “at every turn,” blocking navigators from helping consumers county health departments, prohibiting any public resources to reaching out to the state’s 3.5 million uninsured, refusing to create an exchange, rejecting Medicaid expansion, and even filing suit to destroy the law. But as the open-enrollment period wraps up, the Sunshine State “has emerged as a tale of what went right with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul,” in spite of Republican obstructionism.

More than 440,000 Florida residents had been enrolled through the federal marketplace through the end of February, putting Florida on pace to exceed the federal government’s initial projections by the time enrollment closes March 31. The numbers are impressive for a state where Republicans control the governor’s mansion and both houses of the Legislature. By comparison, Republican-leaning Texas has enrolled 295,000 through the federal site, even though its population is about a third larger than Florida’s. Florida’s success is due partly to infrastructure created in the swing state by Democratic-affiliated groups during the last three presidential elections, along with continued investment by the Obama administration and nonprofit advocacy groups in the diverse state that will likely be competitive in November’s midterm election.

This is clearly evidence of progress on a human level – the point of the endeavor, obviously, is to provide Americans and their families with access to affordable medical care – but the politics will matter, too."

Enrollments overcome GOP, thrive in Fla. | MSNBC