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The KKK Endorses Anti-Gay Billionaire Trump Nominee Betsy DeVos: The Future Of Education In America

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From the website of the Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan: When Donald Trump named Betsy DeVos as his pick for heading the Department of Education opponents of school choice, school vouchers, charter school, and parental control warned that could mean the end of public education as we know it. Those who voted for Trump see her choice as his ...

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NEW YORK: Flanked By Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes Free State College Tuition

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The New York Times reports: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a plan Tuesday morning to offer free tuition at state colleges to hundreds of thousands of middle- and low-income New Yorkers, seizing on a popular liberal talking point on the eve of national Republican ascension. Under the governor’s plan, any college student who has been accepted to a state or ...

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AUSTRALIA: Students On Public School Bus Given Hate Group’s Flyers Disguised As Christmas Presents

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Buzzfeed reports: Students on a public school bus in regional Victoria have been handed gift-wrapped flyers railing against marriage equality and the Safe Schools Coalition. The flyers, made by the anti-marriage equality group Marriage Alliance, argue against the Safe Schools Coalition’s LGBTI anti-bullying program, linking it to marriage equality. Natalie*, the older sister of a 13-year-old student at Kyabram P-12 ...

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FLORIDA: Federal Appeals Court Rules That Middle Schools May Form Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs

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The Orlando Sentinel reports: A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned a lower-court ruling that supported the Lake County School Board’s decision to block middle-schoolers from forming a gay-straight-alliance club to combat bullying. In a battle dating to 2011, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling found that the Equal Access Act, which requires federally funded secondary schools to treat all ...

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Anti-Gay Rep Who Called Matthew Shepard’s Murder A “Hoax” To Head House Education Committee

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Viciously anti-LGBT and perpetually cross-eyed Virginia Foxx says her main plan is undo every advance achieved by the Obama administration. Via Politico: Virginia Foxx pulled herself up by her own bootstraps and wants every American child to be able to do the same. As the 73-year-old GOP lawmaker and former community college president is poised to assume the leadership of ...

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Jeb Bush Praises Anti-Gay Activist Betsy DeVos As The “Outstanding Champion Of The Rights Of All Parents”

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“Betsy DeVos is an outstanding pick for Secretary of Education. She has a long and distinguished history championing the right of all parents to choose schools that best ensure their children’s success. Her allegiance is to families, particularly those struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder, not to an outdated public education model that has failed them from one ...

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Civil Rights Group Denounces Betsy DeVos

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From the LGBT rights group Freedom For All Americans: The Michigan billionaire is a troubling choice, given her extreme history of supporting anti-LGBT causes and opposing efforts to bring fairness and equality to LGBT Americans. Between 2010 and 2013, the DeVos family and their various foundations have given millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including Focus on the Family, Family ...

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Nation’s Largest Labor Union Denounces “Failed” Education Policies Of Trump Nominee Betsy DeVos

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Via press release from the National Education Association: Every day, educators use their voice to advocate for every student to reach his or her full potential. We believe that the chance for the success of a child should not depend on winning a charter lottery, being accepted by a private school, or living in the right ZIP code. We have, ...

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NEW YORK: Long Island Grade School Cancels Mock Election After Pro-Trump Students Insult Minorities

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ABC News reports: An elementary school in New York has canceled its mock presidential election after teachers and staff raised concerns about kids repeating “negative rhetoric about minorities,” according to the school’s principal. “Teachers have said they’ve heard some kids in the cafeteria chanting ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!’ or saying they don’t want Muslims here,” said Glen Rogers, principal of Jericho ...

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BREAKING: Supreme Court To Consider Challenge To Obama Administration’s Regulations On Trans Rights

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USA Today reports: The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up the controversial issue of transgender rights, instantly transforming what had loomed as a holding-pattern term with only eight justices into one featuring another major social policy issue. The justices will consider a Virginia school district’s challenge to Obama administration regulations requiring that schools allow transgender students to use restrooms ...

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BUFFALO: Trump Surrogate Carl Paladino Flips Out After School Board Approves Transgender Student Rights

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The Buffalo News reports: The Buffalo Public Schools have a new gender identity policy to dictate how transgender students are treated. The polarizing policy allows a transgender student to use the restroom and locker room that corresponds to the student’s consistently expressed gender identity at school. Students can access the alternate restrooms as soon as their parent or legal guardian ...

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UTAH: Activists File Federal Suit Challenging Law That Bans Educators From Having Pro-LGBT Discussions

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Equality Utah sued the state’s education office in federal court late Friday, challenging Utah’s curriculum laws that bar teachers and students from positive discussions about homosexuality in public schools. Filed in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court, the suit asks a federal judge to strike what it calls anti-lesbian, -gay, -bisexual and -transgender curriculum laws ...

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TEXAS: High School Plans $70M Football Stadium

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The Los Angeles Times reports: In bigger-is-better Texas, Eagle Stadium, which rivals Staples Center in capacity with 18,000 seats, gives the suburban Dallas high school serious bragging rights. But in the battle of one-upmanship among Texas high schools, a challenger is rising close to home. The school district just up the street in McKinney plans to break ground within a ...

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Math Quiz: If 70% Of Men Are Married To A Woman As God Intended, What Are The Odds Teacher’s A Jerk?

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Britain’s Bucks Free Press reports: A grammar school has been accused of handing out ‘homophobic’ work after a maths question sparked fury amongst parents and students. The shocking question, handed out by a school volunteer to a group of students at the all-boys Royal Grammar School, in High Wycombe, suggests only men and woman should get married “as God intended”. ...

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CHINA: Student Sues Over Anti-Gay Textbooks

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Reuters reports: A gay Chinese student activist has lodged a suit against the Ministry of Education over school textbooks describing homosexuality as a mental disorder, the latest step by China’s small but growing gay rights movement. It is not illegal to be gay in China and these days many large Chinese cities have thriving gay scenes, though there is still ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Atlantic Coast Conference Pulls Ten Championship Events Over Anti-LGBT Hate Law

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NCAA 2, Electric Boogaloo! Via press release: Statement from the ACC Council of Presidents: “As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Flailing Gov. Pat McCrory Attacks Transgender Students In New Campaign Ad [VIDEO]

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Mic.com reports: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory doubled down on his state’s transgender bathroom law in a new ad for his tough re-election bid, saying the law — which requires transgender students to use the restroom of their sex assigned at birth — protects everyone’s “privacy and safety.” There is no evidence to support the claim that transgender-inclusive restrooms are ...

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ITT Tech Closes Nationwide After Student Loan Fraud Scandal, School Officials Blame Obama Administration

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Via Politico: ITT Tech, one of the nation’s largest chains of for-profit colleges, announced Tuesday that it is shutting down – exactly 12 days after the Education Department banned the company from enrolling new students using federal student aid. “The actions of and sanctions from the U.S. Department of Education have forced us to cease operations of the ITT Technical ...

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New York Times Editorial Board Slams Ken Paxton’s “Bigoted And Specious” Attacks On Trans Citizens

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From the New York Times editorial board: Just days after the federal Department of Education in May issued sensible antidiscrimination guidelines for accommodating transgender students, Texas’ attorney general, Ken Paxton, set out to challenge them. Zeroing in on North Texas, the attorney general’s office encouraged the Harrold Independent School District to adopt an anti-transgender bathroom policy. The choice of district ...

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TEXAS: Federal Judge Blocks Implementation Of Obama’s Transgender Guidelines For Public Schools

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Bloomberg reports: The Obama administration was barred by a judge from enforcing a directive that U.S. public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identity. A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday sided with Texas and 12 other states that argued the administration’s policy usurps local control and threatens students’ safety ...

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