Education

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 Her allegiance is to families, particularly those struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder, not to an outdated public education model that has failed them from one …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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SNL Mocks Houston’s Anti-Trans Vote [VIDEO]

Last night SNL’s Weekend Update segment took on the haters in Houston. Best line: “So the theory is that guys, in their relentless quest to watch women go to the bathroom, are going through years of hormones surgery, changing their names, their wardrobe, coming out to their families, all for that big payoff of peeing in a room without urinals. …

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SOUTH DAKOTA: GOP State Rep Suggests “Visual Inspection” Of Genitalia To Assess Gender Identity

Denouncing “East Coast culture,” GOP South Dakota state Rep. Roger Hunt plans to draft a law requiring a “visual inspection” of genitalia to determine gender identity. Via the the Rapid City Journal: The battle over how to officially determine someone’s gender arises from a controversy over whether transgender high school students can declare their own gender when participating in sports. …

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Viral Video Of The Day

Nearly 2M views. “While the Des Moines Superintendent was beginning her speech at the welcome back meeting, the teachers of the district created a flash mob to the enjoyment of their unsuspecting colleagues. With only one more day of preparation left, the teachers shared their talents by performing a parody of the song, “One More Day” from Les Miserables.”

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James Corden Comes To Defense Of Kentucky Basketball Player Left Out Of High School Yearbook [VIDEO]

“He’s a gay basketball player. Or as I like to call him, ‘a basketball player.’ Because there’s no such thing as gay basketball.”

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KENTUCKY: Recently Out High School Basketball Player Left Out Of Yearbook Tribute To His Team

Outsports reports that a Kentucky high school did not include a recently-out basketball player in its yearbook tribute to their team. Richard Maldonado was the team’s starting point guard. Cyd Zeigler writes: “This is the latest slap in the face of Maldonado and the entire LGBT community by a high school administration that simply won’t accept that one of its …

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GEORGIA: Catholic School Settles Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suit Filed By Fired Gay Band Director

The Catholic school in Macon, Georgia which fired its gay band director for announcing his plan to marry has settled his sexual orientation discrimination suit for an undisclosed amount. Valdosta Today reports: Flint Dollar, who now lives in New York, alleged he was fired in May of 2014 over plans to marry his same-sex partner, claiming discrimination. Dollar sought back …

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Target Toy Aisles To Go Gender-Neutral

The wingnuts are screaming about this. From Target’s corporate blog: Over the past year, guests have raised important questions about a handful of signs in our stores that offer product suggestions based on gender. In some cases, like apparel, where there are fit and sizing differences, it makes sense. In others, it may not. Historically, guests have told us that …

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John Oliver On Sex Education In America [VIDEO]

Via the Week: On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tackled sex education in American middle and high schools. He started with the basics. “Parental anger over sex ed is as much a staple of the school year as square pizza and one kid coming back from summer vacation with a mustache he’s way too proud of,” said Oliver, who …

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