I'd like to congratulate George Bush, Rick Perry, and Greg Abbott for showing how a deregulated energy industry with an almost exclusive dependence on fossil fuels bankrupts regular people in their time of need.

nytimes.com/2021/02/20/us/…
This, from Abbott, is complete and utter bullshit. The bills have already been issued.

Abbott is too late here.
How will Abbott refund the money that has already been stolen from Texans?
This is one of the clearer calls to abolish capitalism I have ever read.
Adding in some history/details: A look at the effects of deregulation in Texas, from 2015: texastribune.org/2015/08/12/rep…
And for those blaming Texans for "voting for Republicans" - this is why gerrymandering and voting rights matter. Tom Delay led the plan to radically gerrymander TX districts, back in 2003. This is part of the picture that affects the present.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Texa…

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We need to reopen schools.
We need to reopen schools before more people realize that all the technology purchased with millions of taxpayer dollars to transform education doesn't really work.
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People are trying to draw a straight line between 100% in person school and educational attainment, and that's just disingenuous.

Or, to be more precise: it's only accurate for the people for whom the system already worked. Everyone else is still excluded.
Another wrinkle here: the "benefits" of in person school are not one size fits all, and different people (and different populations) experience any benefits in different ways.
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How attainable are those options?

Who benefits most if we pursue these options?
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My kid's school went to full remote today for the first time this year (and hoo boy that's another conversation).

The district has a "camera on" policy.

And less than a minute in to class, they are learning the hard way that video is bandwidth intensive.
But the principal said that he was "very confident" with their preparation.

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Like, they never tested audio across classrooms.
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(and this is a small, well resourced school).
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Over the next few days and weeks, as time permits, I'll share some additional thoughts and details from the research that shows how the College Board shares student data, in ways that potentially violate their own policies.

The detailed writeup is here: medium.com/cr-digital-lab…
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