Education

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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DeVos Confirmation Hearing Delayed One Week

The Senate confirmation hearing for billionaire anti-LGBT activist Betsey DeVos has been delayed by one week. NPR reports: DeVos’ hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, but late on Monday night the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions committee announced it had been delayed until Jan. 17, next Tuesday. The move comes after Democrats had raised concerns about the wealthy philanthropists’ incomplete …

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

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

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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Chicago Public School System Issues Guidelines Allowing Trans Students To Use Restroom Of Choice

From the Windy City Times: Chicago Public Schools, on May 3, issued revised guidelines pertaining to its transgender students, staff and volunteers, tackling head-on questions surrounding restroom and locker room use that have been vexing school districts across the country in recent months. The guidelines—which revise policies that CPS issued in 2014—explicitly state that students will be able to use …

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Malia Obama To Attend Harvard

But first, a year off from school. USA Today reports: Malia Obama will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member of the class of 2021, the White House announced Sunday. The Obamas will remain in Washington after he leaves office in January 2017 until their younger daughter, Sasha, finishes high school. The daughter of President Obama …

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Koch Brothers Donation Convinces George Mason University To Rename Its Law School For Antonin Scalia

From the Wall Street Journal: George Mason University School of Law, named after a founding father known for his refusal to sign the Constitution, is renaming itself after a man famed for a strict adherence to its words: Justice Antonin Scalia. George Mason University’s Board of Visitors, who are appointed by the Virginia governor, voted in favor of the renaming …

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TRAILER: Sticky: A (Self) Love Story

Trailer recap: As a majority of the world progresses in becoming a more sexually accepting society, masturbation remains a sticky subject that few dare to touch. “Sticky: A (Self) Love Story” features interviews with over 60 celebrities, sexologists, educators, authors, law makers, religious figures and entertainers covering the topic from a range of perspectives, including Hustler Magazine Founder Larry Flynt, …

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VIRGINIA: Liberty Counsel Sues County School Board For Protecting LGBT Students From Discrimination

Via press release: Today Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit against the School Board of Fairfax County, Virginia, for illegally changing its nondiscrimination policy so that it conflicts with the state’s policy. Virginia law explicitly prohibits local governing bodies from adding to, or removing protected classes from, the state’s nondiscrimination policy. In direct defiance, Fairfax has added new groups to its …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Court Rules That Catholic Prep School Broke Law In Gay-Hiring Retraction

ABC News reports: An all-girls Catholic prep school in Massachusetts violated state anti-discrimination law by rescinding a job offer to a man in a same-sex marriage, a judge ruled. Matthew Barrett was offered a job as Fontbonne Academy’s food services director in 2013, but the offer was withdrawn days later after he listed his husband as his emergency contact. Barrett …

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The First Lady Raps About College [VIDEO]

This is great. As a bonus, the haters will sceam. Stereogum recaps: It’s a bummer to think that soon, Michelle Obama will no longer be our nation’s first lady. I say this because I find her to be exceedingly likable on a personal level, and also because it’s refreshing to see such a stately, important public figure act the fool …

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Scalia: Put Black Kids At “Less-Advanced” Schools

Yesterday Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that black students belong at “less-advanced” schools that are on “slower tracks.” The Hill reports: “There are those who contend that it does not benefit African­ Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less­-advanced school, a slower-­track …

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