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Civil Rights Cases To Be Scaled Back Under Betsy DeVos

June 23, 2017

Civil Rights Cases To Be Scaled Back Under Betsy DeVos

“The Department of Education is scaling back investigations into civil rights violations at the nation’s public schools and universities, easing off mandates imposed by the Obama administration that the new leadership says have bogged down the agency.

According to an internal memo issued by Candice E. Jackson, the acting head of the department’s office for civil rights, requirements that investigators broaden their inquiries to identify systemic issues and whole classes of victims will be scaled back. Also, regional offices will no longer be required to alert department officials in Washington of all highly sensitive complaints on issues such as the disproportionate disciplining of minority students and the mishandling of sexual assaults on college campuses.

The new directives are the first steps taken under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reshape her agency’s approach to civil rights enforcement, which was bolstered while President Barack Obama was in office. The efforts during Mr. Obama’s administration resulted in far-reaching investigations and resolutions that required schools and colleges to overhaul policies addressing a number of civil rights concerns.”

— “Education Dept. Says It Will Scale Back Civil Rights Investigations,” Eric L. Green, New York Times

Candice E. Jackson, appointed by Secretary DeVos to run Education’s Civil Rights office, first gained notoriety as a Stanford student when she complained that she had suffered discrimination because she is white. Who better to reverse Civil Rights progress than someone who claimed “reverse discrimination?”

Updates:

“Government Watchdog Will Investigate Trump Administration on Civil Rights,” Elena Gooray, Pacific Standard

“Betsy DeVos Faces Pushback After Scaling Back Investigations of Civil Rights complaints,” Annie Waldman, Pacific Standard

Related:

“Trump official apologizes for saying most campus sexual assault accusations come after drunken sex, breakups,” Katie Mettler, Washington Post

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Betsy DeVos Is Demolishing Public Education

June 8, 2017

Betsy DeVos Is Demolishing Public Education
“Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos’s proposed budget for the US Department of Education is a boon for privatization and a disaster for public schools and low-income college students. They want to cut federal spending on education by 13.6 percent. Some programs would be eliminated completely; others would face deep reductions. They want to cut $10.6 billion from existing programs and divert $1.4 billion to charter schools and to vouchers for private and religious schools. This budget reflects Trump and DeVos’s deep hostility to public education and their desire to shrink the Department of Education, with the ultimate goal of getting rid of it entirely.”

— “The Demolition of American Education,” Diane Ravitch, New York Review of Books

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Ethiopia Shuts Down the Internet Over School Exam

June 3, 2017

Ethiopia Shuts Down the Internet Over School Exam

“Ethiopia shut down the internet on Tuesday (May 30) ahead of a scheduled national examination that was due to take place in the country on Wednesday.

Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday—reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million students are taking the grade 10 national exams, with another 288,000 preparing for the grade 12 university entrance exams that will take place next week.”

— “Ethiopia shut down the country’s internet to beat exam cheats,” Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz

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Hey Kids, Crappy School Lunches Are Back!

May 2, 2017

Hey Kids, Crappy School Lunches Are Back!
On Monday, new Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue got right behind the plow to solve America’s most pressing food problem, the deadly plague of healthy school lunches. The Trump administration has decided that kids should eat the traditional salty slop of their obese, constipated seniors. Chocolate milk is back! Veggies? Gone. Whole grains? Gone. Take that, Michelle Obama!

Official USDA press release: “Ag Secretary Perdue Moves to Make School Meals Great Again.”

More:

“The Trump administration’s tone deaf move on school lunches,” Julia Belluz, Vox

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Betsy DeVos Taps ‘Reverse Discrimination’ Whiner for Civil Rights Post

May 1, 2017
Betsy DeVos Taps 'Reverse Discrimination' Whiner for Civil Rights Post

Civil Rights Office Renamed

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos has named attorney Candice Jackson as acting head of her agency’s Office for Civil Rights. Ms. Jackson seems to share Ms. Devo’s belief that public education programs should be eliminated, has condemned feminism and, while a student at Stanford University, complained that she suffered discrimination because she is white.

Candice Jackson had an underprivileged childhood. Her father labors as a humble family medical practitioner and had to take a second job as a singer of Christian Country Music. She survived Stanford and Pepperdine Law School, had a fellowship at the paleolibertarian Ludwig von Mises Institute (where she wrote a book report), litigated for right-wing legal pest Judicial Watch, wrote for Reason and The Federalist, and penned a book slamming the Clintons, published by conspiracy peddler WND.

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Trump Pays $25 Million Over Phony University

November 21, 2016

Trump Pays $25 Million Over Phony University

On Friday, President-elect and litigious career con man Donald J. Trump, who prides himself on never settling lawsuits, agreed to a $25 million settlement over his fraudulent “Trump University.” You may not have noticed because Mr. Trump spent the weekend distracting the media with his theater criticism.

Donald Trump’s unlicensed “university” was a bait-and-switch scheme, offering free courses that were sales pitches for $1,000 courses, which were in turn sales pitches for $10,000 and $35,000 courses. It’s a wonder the President-elect wasn’t sued by the Church of Scientology for stealing its business model.

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Sugar Snap Peas

September 26, 2016

Sugar Snap Peas

On February 25th, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the FoodPrints class at Watkins School on Capitol Hill, and brought some seeds from the White House Kitchen Garden for the school’s Edible Schoolyard garden.

What does the school’s garden look like this season?

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School is Closed

January 22, 2016

“School is Closed,” a Frozen parody performed by Matt Glendenning of Moses Brown School, Providence RI.

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‘No Child Left Behind’ Left Behind

December 9, 2015

'No Child Left Behind' Left Behind

Congress has finally flunked the “No Child Left Behind” law, which had been “socially promoted” for over a decade, much like its sponsor, George W. Bush. The Senate sent a new K-12 education bill to the Principal’s Office White House, where President Obama is expected to sign it.

The new bill continues massive annual testing and giveaways for the charter school industry, but now allows states to figure out how to fix their own “dropout factory” schools. As if. It also includes a piddling $250 million in early childhood education grant funding through the HHS Head Start Pre-K program, with review by the Department of Education.

More:

“‘No Child Left Behind’ Is No More,” Russell Berman, The Atlantic

“No Child Left Behind: An Obituary,” Cory Turner, NPR

“Senate scraps No Child Left Behind; education battle moves to states,” Maggie Severns, Politico

“ESEA reauthorization continues a long federal retreat from American classrooms,” Arnold F. Shober, Brookings

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Breaking: The Latest Word

September 6, 2014

Newscasters Huntley and Brinkley John Oliver and Cookie Monster, the latest word in TV journalism. A  Sesame Street/Mashable collaboration.

Words fail us ….

Related:

“Words Are Here, There, and Everywhere,” Sesame Street

WORD-TV News out-takes

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