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  • DeVos breaks bone in cycling accident, has surgery (Sec. of Ed.)

    01/04/2019 4:01:56 PM PST · by Yossarian · 27 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 1/4/19 | The Associated Press
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is recovering after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone suffered in a cycling accident. A department spokeswoman says DeVos is resting at home after the Thursday surgery. She is expected to recover fully. The spokeswoman did not immediately answer questions about the accident or the nature of DeVos’ injury. (Snip. Not much more article after this...)
  • The Title IX Rule Change on Cross-examination is Crucial to Due Process

    12/18/2018 9:17:11 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    See Thru EDU ^ | December 17, 2018 | George Leef
    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stirred up a hornets’ nest when she recently proposed a substantial revision of the rules for Title IX cases. Under the rules imposed during the Obama administration, colleges and universities were expected to follow procedures that stacked the deck against students accused of sexual assault or harassment. Those rules were heavily criticized by conservatives and liberals alike. Notably, many members of the faculty of Harvard Law School signed a letter attacking the Obama rules for their blatant unfairness. Among the changes proposed by Secretary DeVos is to allow cross-examination of hostile witnesses by counsel for...
  • Secret Blackwater Tape

    05/04/2010 3:03:33 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 26 replies · 2,183+ views
    newsoxy ^ | May 4, 2010 | Rob Adams
    Secret Blackwater tape might not be all it's hyped up to be about Erik Prince. A few media outlets claim they have a secret audio recording that contains 3,500 words made by Prince. It is a rare item because the Blackwater owner has always tried to ban journalists from his public speeches.Blackwater has dealt with a lot of controversy during the past five years. Erik Prince is the reclusive owner of the special operations company. He rarely gives public speeches and when he does he attempts to ban audio recording and videotaping. One media outlet claims they have obtained an...
  • Reviving Due Process on Campus

    11/21/2018 5:55:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 20, 2018
    For those awaiting a restoration of rational discourse in American politics, well, you’ll have to keep waiting. No other conclusion is possible after seeing the reaction to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s long-awaited regulatory proposals last week on handling accusations of sexual abuse on campus. From California Democrat Maxine Waters: “Betsy DeVos, you won’t get away with what you are doing. We are organizing to put an end to your destruction of civil rights protections for students.” Former Vice President Joe Biden said on Facebook that the proposal “would return us to the days when schools swept rape and assault under...
  • Betsy DeVos Strikes a Blow for the Constitution

    11/16/2018 12:21:46 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | November 16, 2018 | David French
    The Department of Education has issued its long-awaited proposed regulations reforming sexual-assault adjudications on college campus. Not only will these rules restore basic due process and fairness to college tribunals, but they also — given how basic the changes are — highlight just how ridiculous university kangaroo courts have become. First and perhaps most important, the rules will not only require colleges to permit cross-examination of witnesses (including the accuser), but will also prohibit universities from relying on the statements of any witness who refuses to submit to cross-examination. Cross-examination is so fundamental to adversary proceedings that it’s is simply...
  • The Innovation Dilemma Facing Betsy DeVos

    09/14/2018 7:34:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | September 14, 2018 | Preston Cooper
    No one can accuse Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of inaction. Just within the past few weeks, her Department of Education announced the overhaul of two major Obama-era regulations. The next stage of DeVos’ agenda will review several of the rules governing which higher education institutions and programs are eligible for federal funding, with an eye toward giving colleges more flexibility. The changes DeVos will likely attempt highlight a dilemma all conservative higher-education reformers face: the tension between promoting innovation and protecting taxpayers. While still in development, DeVos’ agenda comes down firmly on the side of creating a more hospitable environment...
  • The laughable claim that Betsy DeVos is “sweeping rape under the rug”

    09/08/2018 4:01:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Hot ^ | September 8, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    This would almost be amusing if it weren’t such a serious subject. Still railing against the “campus rape culture” theme, one feminist and social political activist has published a poison pen letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in the WaPo this week. Jess Davidson is taking issue with a proposed rule change at the Department of Education which would more strictly define sexual harassment and identify who should receive reports of such crimes. Davidson’s complaint is once again based entirely on the constantly evolving definitions of Title IX and she concludes that DeVos is trying to “sweep rape back under...
  • Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos dies at 92

    09/06/2018 11:37:30 AM PDT · by billorites · 18 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 6, 2018 | Brian Schmitz and Josh Robbins
    Rich DeVos, a self-made billionaire who co-founded Amway and purchased the Orlando Magic in 1991, died Thursday in Ada, Mich., due to complications from an infection. DeVos was 92 years old. DeVos, who underwent a heart transplant in 1997 at the age of 71, attended some Magic home games during the 2017-18 season. DeVos took over as the Magic’s owner when he purchased the franchise for $85 million from Orlando real estate developer William duPont III after duPont experienced financial difficulties. Forbes recently estimated the Magic’s value at $1.225 billion, 19th out of 30 NBA teams. Forbes also approximated DeVos’...
  • Erik Prince: I ‘Cooperated’ With Mueller

    06/19/2018 6:59:18 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 19 June 2018 | Betsy Woodruff
    Erik Prince, the founder of private security company Blackwater, has found himself embroiled in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. During the campaign, Prince reportedly met at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., operative George Nader, and social media specialist Joel Zamel to discuss a potential pro-Trump social media influence operation. He also met with Russian sovereign wealth fund manager Kirill Dmitriev during the transition period—a meeting reportedly planned to set up a backchannel between the Trump administration and Russia. Those revelations raise questions about his relationship to the Trump administration—questions...
  • Trump administration plans to rescind Obama-era rule cracking down on for-profit colleges

    08/11/2018 6:34:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 8/11/18 | Jillian Berman
    Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education plans to rescind a controversial Obama-era rule aimed at protecting students from career training programs that fail to prepare students for decent paying jobs and saddle them with debt. The Department released a document Friday outlining a proposal to scrap the gainful employment regulations. The rules, developed under the Obama administration required all programs that explicitly prepare students for careers — such as cosmetology and culinary training programs — prove that graduates were earning enough to repay the debt they incurred to complete the program. Many of these programs are at for-profit colleges. Programs that...
  • Senator Murray Statement on Devos Proposal to Abandon Gainful Employment Rule:

    08/10/2018 7:33:25 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Aug 10 2018 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today on the Department of Education’s proposal to abandon an Obama Administration-era “gainful employment” rule—which would hold predatory career training programs accountable when their students are unable to find jobs that allow them pay back their loans. By its own analysis, the Department’s proposal will cost taxpayers $5.3 billion over ten years.
  • Thousands petition for LeBron James as U.S. Secretary of Education

    08/09/2018 3:18:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Aug 8, 2018, 1:46 PM | Alec Lewis
    In light of LeBron James and Akron Public Schools’ creating the I Promise School for 240 third- and fourth-graders, thousands of folks have been inspired. They’ve been inspired to the point at which they have put a petition together calling for current U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to be fired. Indeed, they want James to be hired. […] As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 4,240 people had signed the petition. …
  • Anti-Trump vandalism sweeps country: Yacht, Hollywood star latest targets

    08/03/2018 8:58:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 3, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    Two years into the Trump administration, aggrieved activists are not only accosting Cabinet members or driving them out of restaurants -- they're increasingly taking out their frustration on inanimate objects. A burst of anti-Trump vandalism against possessions and property associated with administration officials is the latest flare-up in a “resistance” that has taken many forms. Last year, protesters marked the anniversary of President Trump's election by screaming at the sky. Lately, the tactics have become more confrontational, touching off a national debate over civility in politics. But smashing and spray-painting are yet another outlet. Here are some of the items...
  • Betsy DeVos’s $40 million yacht set adrift by vandals

    07/26/2018 10:15:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 134 replies ^ | 07/26/18 07:17 AM EDT | By Morgan Gstalter
    A $40 million yacht owned by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was reportedly untied from the dock at a northern Ohio marina and set adrift. The captain of the 163-foot yacht, named "Seaquest," called the Huron Police Department early Sunday morning when the crew realized the boat was floating in the Huron Boat Basin, The Toledo Blade reported. The yacht hit a dock, causing between $5,000 and $10,000 in damage, the newspaper added, citing a police report. Investigators are hoping surveillance footage will show who untied the yacht from the dock. It is one of 10 boats owned by DeVos and...
  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under fire for saying schools can report undocumented students

    05/24/2018 1:23:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | May 24, 2018 | By KENDALL KARSON
    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos set off a furor over comments she made to members of Congress suggesting that schools should decide whether or not to report undocumented students and their families to federal immigration authorities. "I think that is — that is a school decision," DeVos said during her testimony before the House Education and Workforce Committee after Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., pressed her on the issue of undocumented students. "It's a local community decision and again I refer to the fact that we have laws and we also are compassionate and I urge this body to do its...
  • Why the Left Hates Betsy DeVos

    05/12/2018 1:46:11 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 11 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | May 12, 2018 | John Stossel
    People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a "white supremacist." When she tried to visit a school, activists physically blocked her way. The haters claim DeVos knows little about education, only got her job because she gave money to Republican politicians, and hates free public education. Of course, education isn't really "free." Taxpayers spend $634 billion a year on it. It's laughable that activists claim conservatives "cut" education spending. Funds per student tripled over the past several decades, while test scores stayed flat. Some of...
  • Wyoming district allows armed staff in area cited by DeVos

    04/17/2018 10:44:46 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 17 Apr 2018 | MEAD GRUVER
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming school district where U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos suggested that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears voted Tuesday on doing just that, though concerns about school shootings worry parents more than the possibility of big bruins on the prowl. The 4-2 vote by the Park County School District No. 6 board in the town of Cody near Yellowstone National Park came after more than six months of discussion and debate. Under the proposed policy...
  • Congress Curbs [Education Secretary] Devos's Agenda

    03/31/2018 11:01:03 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2018 | Michelle Hackman
    Congress last week awarded the department a $2.6 billion boost when Mrs. DeVos had requested a $9 billion cut. She had sought to dismantle her agency’s central budget office, a move she said would create a leaner structure, and to cut the number of field offices in the civil-rights division to four from 12. The spending package included specific measures preventing her from doing so.Much of the additional funding for the department boosted initiatives undertaken by the Obama administration. None went to her signature request, a $1 billion program to expand school choice, though there was a slight increase in...
  • Betsy DeVos and Democrats urge Congress to hold hearings on school shootings

    02/17/2018 3:20:20 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 38 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...
  • DeVos: Apprenticeships, Vocational Education are Top Trump Priority

    02/07/2018 9:38:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/6/18 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Expanding apprenticeship and vocational education are a priority of the Trump administration, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Tuesday in a meeting of the Department of Labor's specially chartered Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion."Apprenticeship expansion is a priority for President Trump, as he demonstrated by establishing the task force last summer," DeVos said. "In the State of the Union address, he called on everyone, not just the Department of Education, or Labor, or Congress, or Washington, everyone to invest in workforce development, and job training, and great vocational schools so our students and future workers can learn a craft and...