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  • Betsy DeVos and Democrats urge Congress to hold hearings on school shootings

    02/17/2018 3:20:20 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb 17, 2018 | Erica L Green
    A chorus of Democratic lawmakers have joined the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, in calling for Congress to act after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla. In a letter on Friday, all 17 Democrats on the House Education Committee urged Representative Virginia Foxx, the committee’s chairwoman, to convene hearings on school shootings, describing them as a “public health epidemic.” “Wednesday’s preventable tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, resulted in the deaths of at least 17 students and faculty,” the letter said. “Sadly, since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School...
  • Trump Acknowledges National School Choice Week

    01/24/2018 7:39:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 24, 2018 | Star Parker
    Amidst the ongoing political noise and distractions in Washington, D.C., President Trump continues to focus on and address the nation's most deep-seated problems. In the wake of signing a temporary funding bill to get the government back open, the president directed attention to one of our biggest problems: Education. Trump proclaimed the week of Jan. 22 as National School Choice Week. National School Choice Week began in 2011. Trump's proclamation notes a commitment to "a future of unprecedented educational achievement and freedom of choice." We have a president keenly aware of the need to fundamentally change the status quo in...
  • Betsy DeVos: Common Core is dead at U.S. Department of Education

    01/17/2018 11:16:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 51 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via WPXI ^ | January 17, 2018 | Maureen Downey
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a far-ranging speech today in Washington at an American Enterprise Institute conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” She announced the death of Common Core, at least in her federal agency. DeVos also decried the federal government’s initiatives to improve education. “We saw two presidents from different political parties and philosophies take two different approaches. Federally mandated assessments. Federal money. Federal standards. All originated in Washington, and none solved the problem. Too many of America’s students are still unprepared,” she said. And she touched on a favorite topic, school choice. “Choice in...
  • Vanity: Where's Betsy DeVos

    01/15/2018 5:15:06 PM PST · by spacejunkie2001 · 83 replies
    1/15/18 | me
    I have not seen anything pertinent that Betsy DeVos has done for the education system (how about getting rid of the dept of education), so I thought I'd post and ask those in the know. What is the latest about ridding ourselves of common core, or implementing the Bible back into schools? Or incorporating vocational training back into high schools which is exactly what this nation needs. The messaging that every kid needs to go to college or they're a loser makes me sick. The school system is awful, truly. Our kids (foster, who have since left home) quit school...
  • Academic War on Women

    12/27/2017 12:00:59 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 22, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    That's where the real assault is. For example: o "Students at the University of California San Diego filed a complaint and triggered an administrative probe after pictures of Kate Steinle were hung on campus," Bradford Richardson reported in The Washington Times on December 20, 2017. "Gregory Lu said he hung up 150 posters picturing Steinle with the caption, 'She had dreams too,' on Dec. 7. Four days later, he said he received an email from the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination asking to meet with him." Lu has wisely waited to do so until obtaining legal counsel....
  • The odd things tucked into the GOP tax plan

    12/02/2017 11:37:17 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 33 replies
    Axios ^ | 12/2/17 | Haley Britzky
    The GOP tax plan was passed through the Senate Friday night in a 51-49 vote. There are a number of things included in the last-minute text, including a provision by Sen. Gardner of Colorado that exempts Kombucha, a fermented tea drink, from alcoholic taxes and regulations. Why it matters: These are small examples of what got slipped in the bill last-minute as the Senate vote neared, and reveals some of the senators' pet projects back in their home states. Odd amendments included in the tax plan: Sen. Orrin Hatch Prohibit things like cash and gift cards to be given as...
  • Which college teams visited the White House, and who stayed home?

    11/19/2017 1:37:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 19, 2017 | Michael Moates
    President Trump hosted the National Collegiate Athletic Association champion sports teams at the White House on Friday - or most of them, that is. The event began with the student athletes meeting President Trump in the Rose Garden for photos. "A lot of great athletes," Trump told the press pool. The Marine Corps Marching Band played nearby from the South Lawn, as President Trump joked with athletes, meeting them in groups. When talking with the Ohio State men's volleyball team, the president was seen jokingly smacking a volleyball in the air. While interacting with the West Virginia rifle team in...
  • DeVos Makes Title IX Legal Again

    09/25/2017 6:29:26 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 22, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    To those of us who have followed the Obama Administration's machinations on Title IX, and much else, it does not come as much of a surprise that the last two Secretaries of Education skirted traditional practice, if not legal guidelines, in consulting no one when they undertook their transformation of Title IX. "The Department imposed these regulatory burdens without affording notice and the opportunity for public comment," the new letter reads. "Under these circumstances, the Department has decided to withdraw the above-referenced guidance documents in order to develop an approach to student sexual misconduct that responds to the concerns of...
  • California and 17 other states sue Education Secretary DeVos for delaying new student-loan rules

    07/06/2017 11:28:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 6, 2017 | by Jim Puzzanghera
    California and 17 other states on Thursday sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, alleging she unlawfully delayed new federal regulations designed to protect student loan borrowers from being ripped off by for-profit colleges and other schools. The rules, which would have made it easier for students to have loans forgiven if they were defrauded or deceived, were developed by the Obama administration and had been set to take effect last Saturday. But last month DeVos delayed their implementation and launched an effort to rewrite them, arguing they were unfair to students and schools while putting taxpayers at risk for “significant costs.”...
  • School Inc.

    06/28/2017 11:11:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | June 28, 2017 | John Stossel
    Every year, almost every industry improves. We get more choices -- usually better choices, for less money. "But of all the products we make and the services we provide, there's one that stands out as an exception," according to the Cato Institute's Andrew Coulson. "One activity in which excellence doesn't spawn countless imitators or spread on a massive scale: schooling." Why not? What can be done about it? These questions are asked and often answered by Coulson's new PBS TV series "School Inc." It's a wonderful three hours, reaching back years to America's first experiments in education and traveling the...
  • Bethune-Cookman University ingrates

    05/13/2017 9:09:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/13/17 | David Hogberg
    Betsy DeVos has done more for the black community than most “civil rights” leaders On Wednesday students at the largely black Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., interrupted a speech by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Some heckled her, while others turned their back. She was supposed to speak for an hour but left after 20 minutes. This is not the first time DeVos has received a rude reception. Back in February, left-wing protestors channeled their inner Orval Faubuses and prevented her from entering Jefferson Academy in Washington, D.C.
  • Bethune-Cookman Keeps Betsy DeVos’s Commencement

    05/10/2017 7:44:16 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 10, 2017 | Spencer Irvine
    Bethune-Cookman University, a historical black college, invited Trump’s Department of Education cabinet secretary Betsy DeVos to speak at the university’s commencement ceremony. However, anti-Trump student activists and alumni are signing a petition to have the university revoke her invitation. The college president said it is not his responsibility to shield students from potentially controversial speakers because this means they will not be prepared to handle opposing views in the future.
  • 'President Trump is very superior and _____': Father of sixth-grade student is outraged

    02/20/2017 2:25:45 PM PST · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 19, 2017 | Karen Ruiz
    The father of a sixth-grade student from Paulo Intermediate School in Staten Island was outraged to see his 11-year-old daughter's assignment turned political. The student's English teacher is under fire after slipping an anti-Trump question into the girl's homework. The homework sheet contained a fill-in-the-blank portion where students were asked to provide vocabulary terms from a box of words for sentences about Donald Trump and Barack Obama. The lines read: 'President Trump speaks in a very superior and _________ manner insulting many people. He needs to be more __________ so that the American people respect and admire him.' The correct...
  • Help Betsy Help Students: Fight the NEA

    02/20/2017 5:53:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | February 20, 2017 | Katie Kieffer
    Watch out—Betsy DeVos is President Trump’s right-hand woman on educational reform—and she’s ready to drain the teachers’ union swamp. Beginning with the biggest: the National Education Association (NEA).“Shame! Shame! Shame!” protesters chanted as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made her first public visit to a U.S. public school, Jefferson Middle School Academy, in the heart of the Washington, D.C. swamp.“Lame! Lame! Lame!” Betsy could have hollered back at activists who were upset that she intended to reform a school badly in need of reform. But she didn’t.Betsy took the high road and noted that the teachers she met at Jefferson...
  • Bilal Askaryar, Alleged Assaulter of Betsy DeVos, hires Attorney from High Powered Law Firm

    02/18/2017 1:48:29 PM PST · by SSS Two · 30 replies
    From DC Superior Court case summary:02/17/2017 Attorney Dismissed -- Attorney AKINTOYE, HANNAH dismissed/withdrawn for ASKARYAR, BILAL A on 02/17/2017 02/17/2017 Attorney Appointed -- Attorney ROCHON, Mr MARK J representing Defendant (Criminal) ASKARYAR, BILAL A as of 02/17/2017
  • Why Can't we Get Past Politics and Do What's Right for our Kids?

    02/09/2017 3:01:57 PM PST · by ckinv368 · 15 replies ^ | 2/8/2017 | Cameron Kinvig
    I'll be honest: I'm the result of a private school education, Kindergarten through Law School. My wife, however, is the exact opposite—a product of only public school. My mother-in-law is the product of public school, and was a public school elementary teacher and administrator for over 30 years. My parents went to public schools K-12. I think all of us turned out just fine. There are some excellent public schools in this country, just like there are some excellent private schools. I'm thankful for the education I received and thankful my parents could afford the choices they made for my...
  • Why the US needs Betsy DeVos

    02/09/2017 7:57:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2017 | By E. Jeffrey Ludwig
    <p>Betsy DeVos's nomination to become secretary of education was a squeaker. It made history by being the first confirmation to be put through because of a tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate by the vice president.</p> <p>The closeness of the vote shows the importance of DeVos's selection. We have a government running out of control in terms of its attempt, beginning with the No Child Left Behind Act in the Bush administration and continuing with national standards falsely labeled under Common Core as "State Standards" (CCSS), to do an unprecedented end run around the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which gives control of education to the states. Even before No Child Left Behind, we had Outcomes Based Education, where the Department of Education "incentivized" methodologies and goals instead of leaving those determinations wholly to the states.</p>
  • DeVos Backlash Sees Parents Threatening to Homeschool Kids

    02/09/2017 6:22:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/09/2017 | by JON SCHUPPE
    Among the initial opposition to Betsy DeVos' confirmation this week as education secretary were calls on social media by parents, including liberals, to start homeschooling their children. That reaction to DeVos — a billionaire school-choice advocate who has never worked, attended or sent her kids to a public school — reflects how polarizing her nomination was. It also comes layered with paradox. That's because DeVos, whom the Senate confirmed Tuesday to head the Education Department, is herself a big proponent of homeschooling. In a 2013 interview with Philanthropy magazine, DeVos, who has invested in private and charter schools and is...
  • Breaking: Betsy DeVos wins confirmation on Mike Pence’s vote

    02/07/2017 10:09:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    For the first time in US history, a sitting vice president cast the deciding vote on a Cabinet official’s confirmation. Just a few moments ago, Mike Pence cast his vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, breaking the expected 50-50 tie.Pence made sure he arrived in plenty of time to cast the vote for DeVos, and CBS News was on scene to catch the moment: MOMENTS AGO: VP Pence arrives on Capitol Hill ahead of Betsy DeVos nomination vote, where he may cast tie-breaking ballot— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 7, 2017 It’s hardly the first time...
  • Educational Hegemony Believes Capitalism is the Problem

    02/07/2017 7:25:43 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-7-2017 | MOTUS
    Today’s post will be quite short because a) we arrived back at our Park City bunker very late late last night: 12:30 AM local time, 2:30 AM from whence we came, and 2) when we got here the house was 43 degrees as the furnace had quit working at some point in the last 10 days. So I’m cold, I’m tired, and I’m extremely cranky; you really don’t want to interact with me right now.Instead I ask you to contemplate how badly the country needs somebody like Betsy DeVos in charge of public education when you consider the ramifications of...