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Besty DeVos said Jefferson Middle teachers were in ‘receive mode.’ Here’s how they responded

By Alejandra Matos
March 9, 2017

Schoolteacher Ashley Cobb spends her evenings in what might be called “receive mode.” The eighth-grade math teacher receives dozens of texts and phone calls a day — at all hours — from students with questions about homework.

But Cobb is not in the kind of “receive mode” that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos famously said she saw at this school. She is not waiting to be told what do for her students. Nor are her colleagues at a school that officials say has made solid progress in efforts to close achievement gaps.

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