Tag Archives: education

REPORT: Trump Administration Set To Rescind Obama’s Directive To Schools On Anti-Trans Discrimination

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Despite pleas from parents of transgender children and LGBT employees, the Trump administration is set Tuesday to rescind Obama-era guidance to schools barring discrimination against transgender students and ensuring they have access to the restroom consistent with their gender identity. Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told the ...

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UTAH: GOP Senator Intros Repeal Of “No Promo Homo” Law Banning Schools From Mentioning LGBT Issues

Ben Winslow reports at the Salt Lake Tribune: A bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature may help get the state out of a lawsuit over a law that forbids discussion of anything construed as “promotion” of homosexuality. Senate Bill 196, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, R-Layton, “repeals language prohibiting the advocacy of homosexuality in health instruction.” “It ...

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Protesters Block DeVos From Public School [VIDEO]

Has she ever been to a public school before? The Hill reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was greeted with protesters when she tried to enter a Washington middle school on Friday morning. A video from the scene shows DeVos walking away from one entrance of Jefferson Middle School after being physically blocked from the entrance. One protester stood in front ...

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Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote To Confirm DeVos

The New York Times reports: The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos on Tuesday as education secretary, approving the embattled nominee only with the help of a historic tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. The 51-to-50 vote elevates Ms. DeVos — a wealthy philanthropist from Michigan who has devoted much of her life to expanding educational choice through charter schools and ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Votes On Confirming Billionaire Anti-LGBT Activist Betsy DeVos As Education Secretary

The Washington Post reports: The Senate is moving toward a noon vote Tuesday on confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, with the outcome expected to be the narrowest approval of a Cabinet nominee in the nation’s history. The entire Democratic caucus of 48 senators is expected to vote against DeVos, as are two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Democrats Continue Speeches Against Betsy DeVos As Noon Vote Approaches

Mic.com reports: Democrats pulled an all-nighter on the Senate floor Monday to try and block Betsy DeVos from becoming secretary of the Department of Education, assailing her credentials — or lack thereof — in an effort to convince their GOP colleagues to vote against her nomination. One by one, Senate Democrats took to the floor throughout the night to make ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Democrats Filibuster Against Betsy DeVos

Mother Jones reports: Senate Democrats have announced a plan to hold the Senate floor for the next 24 hours to speak against President Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos. “In my mind, she is the least qualified nominee in a historically unqualified cabinet,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said from the floor on Monday. “On conflicts of interest, she ranks ...

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Senate Advances Betsy DeVos To Final Vote

Reuters reports: The U.S. Senate could vote as early as Monday on confirming President Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, with the political parties potentially entering a standoff requiring Vice President Mike Pence to act as tie-breaker. On Friday morning, the Senate voted 52 to 48 on a procedural measure paving the way to the final confirmation vote, ...

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Jerry Falwell Jr. To Head “Education Reform” Task Force

The Chronicle Of Higher Education reports: Jerry L. Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, has been asked by President Trump to head up a new task force that will identify changes that should be made to the U.S. Department of Education’s policies and procedures, Mr. Falwell told The Chronicle on Tuesday. The exact scope, size, and mission of the task ...

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Senate Panel Approves Betsy DeVos In 12-11 Vote

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was sent today to the full U.S. Senate for confirmation on a tight 12-11 party line vote in committee after a fractious debate over her qualifications. The vote on the nomination of DeVos, a controversial figure in Michigan politics and education, raised hackles among Democrats in ...

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REPORT: DeVos Plagiarized On Senate Questionnaire

It appears that the anti-LGBT activist who wants to run America’s schools copied her homework. The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, in written responses to questions from senators, appears to have used several sentences and phrases from other sources without attribution — including from a top Obama administration civil rights official. The responses from nominee Betsy ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Betsy DeVos, Defensive Smiling

In advance of tomorrow’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, YouTube comedian Vic Berger has created a supercut of the many times DeVos smiled broadly as she dodged direct questioning during her hearing. Watch it. The Washington Post today reports on the last-minute push to reject her: More than 300 state lawmakers hailing from all ...

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ACTUAL QUOTE: Betsy DeVos Wants Guns In Schools To Protect Against “Potential Grizzly Bears” [VIDEO]

Yes, you read that right. Vox reports: Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary said during her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that local authorities should decide whether guns should be barred from American schools — citing the case of a school in Wyoming where a special fence protects students from bears. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy asked Betsy DeVos to explain ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing

UPDATE: Things are now underway. The confirmation hearing for billionaire anti-LGBT Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos is allegedly starting any minute, but it appears the proceedings may be been delayed somewhat by the Chelsea Manning story, which is dominating all networks at this writing. Watch below.

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Lambda Legal Slams Trump Nominee Betsy DeVos Over Hate Group Donations And Ex-Gay Torture Support

Via press release from Lambda Legal: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students contact Lambda Legal every day to seek help being safe at school.  We need a Secretary of Education who will make schools safe for all students, and who won’t tolerate bullying – by peers, parents, or school administrators. What we know so far about Betsy DeVos’s record concerns ...

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

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

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

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

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

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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