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DeVos Refused To Visit Public Schools During New York Trip

Betsy DeVos visited a city with the largest public school system in the U.S. — and only visited private schools.

May 18, 2018
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Billion-Dollar Blessings: Falwell Jr’s Online Education Empire

It was the start of the 2017 Fall Family Weekend at Liberty University, the school founded by Jerry Falwell Sr. 47 years ago in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the lines were especially long to get into the basketball arena for the mandatory thrice-weekly student convocation. There was a festive feel in the air — as usual, a live band kicked things off with some Christian rock.

April 18, 2018
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

For Teachers, Red States Resemble Underdeveloped Countries

2018 may very well go down in history as the year in which public-school teachers in Republican-controlled states finally became fed up and rebelled. So far this year, statewide teachers strikes have taken place in Oklahoma and West Virginia. Teachers have been protesting in Kentucky as well, and a statewide walkout is being considered in Arizona.

April 11, 2018
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Striking Teachers Are Fighting Back Against Years Of Deep And Abiding Disrespect

When coal mine bosses said mules were more precious than men because dead miners could be replaced for free, but not dead mules, it demonstrated disrespect. That contempt from the top provoked pitched gun battles between workers and mine-owner militias in West Virginia a little over a century ago.

April 10, 2018
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Behind The Wave Of Red-State Teacher Walkouts

An official strike date hasn’t been set, but the teachers, following the playbooks from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky, have staged multiple protests in individual districts and at the state capitol in Phoenix for the last five weeks, using the #RedforEd hashtag on Twitter to announce and document their protests.

April 7, 2018
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Republicans Are Becoming The ‘Poorly Educated’ Party

There are several key attributes that define the Republican Party in its modern incarnation: its overwhelming whiteness; its self-reported religiosity; its slavish devotion to a man who boasts he could shoot someone and not lose a single vote, thus proving his point. Moving forward, that list should probably also include as a distinguishing factor the fact that the party is less educated than its Democratic political rivals, and growing increasingly more so.

April 1, 2018
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Attacking Kids And Students Is Nothing New For Fox News

In the month and a half since the shooting in Parkland, FL, Ingraham herself has said the Parkland students should not be given “special consideration” on gun policy; told her viewers that the March 14 student walkout wasn’t some sort of “organic outpouring of youthful rage,” but rather “nothing but a left-wing, anti-Trump diatribe”; and complained that anti-abortion protesters didn’t get the same attention.

March 31, 2018
Nassar

Betsy DeVos Winks At Big Banks Fleecing Students

She is Donald Trump’s multi-billionaire Education Secretary who hates the very idea of public education and loves the plutocratic idea of corporate rule over Democracy. DeVos presently holds first place in the contest for worst member of Donald Trump’s cabinet (a little like winning the title of ugliest toad in the swamp).

March 30, 2018

One Midwestern State May Well Require Teachers To Carry Guns

Despite nationwide calls for strengthened gun controls, the Kansas legislature is mulling over a bill that would effectively require school teachers to carry guns. House Bill 2789—which proposes the creation of the Staff as First Emergency Responders Act—seeks to hold schools legally accountable for shootings if they prohibit their teachers from carrying firearms.

March 29, 2018
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After ’60 Minutes’ Debacle ‘Fox & Friends’ Pitches Softballs To DeVos

After embarrassing herself on CBS’ 60 Minutes, one of President Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet appointments, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, retreated to the administration’s safe space on Fox & Friends, where she was asked easy questions and not challenged on the specifics of a school safety commission she will chair.

March 13, 2018
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Betsy DeVos Embarrassed Herself On ’60 Minutes’

Education Secretary and multi-billionaire Betsy DeVos firmly believes that her ascent to the top of the list of President Donald Trump’s “most hated” cabinet secretaries is simply the result of one big misunderstanding, but in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night, DeVos bolstered critiques of her right-wing agenda by failing to answer basic questions and admitting that she hasn’t even bothered to visit struggling schools.

March 13, 2018
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A New Lesson Plan In West Virginia

On the brink of victory, the crowd of teachers gathered in the West Virginia Capitol started singing the state anthem. Seeing so many people, of such a mix of ages and colors, swaying together as they belt out John Denver’s 1971 hit “Take Me Home, Country Roads” can make you believe we really are making progress in this country.

March 9, 2018

Military Vets Blast Trump And NRA Over Guns In Schools

A vocal group of retired military veterans thinks the idea of arming teachers to possibly open fire on students as complete madness, and they’re taking aim at Trump and the NRA for the dangerous plan. For many who served in the military, unlike Trump, the obvious and horrific red flags are obvious.

February 24, 2018
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Survey: America Doesn’t Want Empire—It Wants To Have A Functioning Country

The spending priorities of everyday Americans is not what’s reflected in the massive federal budget, according to a survey of 1,000 Americans taken last month which found overwhelming support for cutting defense and investing in education, science, transportation and a range of human services.

January 9, 2018
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Rightists Eroding Science In Turkish Schools — And Here, Too

At a time when hate crimes against Muslims are at an all-time high in the United States, it’s hard to believe religious extremists in the U.S. could have much in common with religious extremists in Turkey, where the population is over 90% Muslim.

November 27, 2017
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Pharma Family That Pushed Opioids Is Behind Charter Schools, Too

The notoriously secretive Sackler family, also known as the OxyContin Clan, has been the subject of much scrutiny of late, including lengthy exposés in the New Yorker and Esquire shining a harsh light on the connection between the drug that made the Sacklers wealthy and their philanthropic giving.

November 14, 2017
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Harvard And Yale Should Stop Playing Football

Harvard and Yale are among the premier educational institutions in the world. They have spent centuries at the task of strengthening and elevating young minds. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, they will join together in a ritual guaranteed to damage young brains: the Harvard-Yale football game.

November 13, 2017
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Education Officials Expect Betsy DeVos To Resign From Trump Administration

Thomas Toch, director of independent education think tank FutureEd, told Politico that DeVos was ignorant of the job’s constraints when she accepted it and insiders are already preparing for her to vacate the position.

November 4, 2017

New Study: High School Bigots And Bullies Emboldened By Trump

Across America’s public high schools, the intolerance and bullying modeled by President Trump and the 2016 election has led to an outbreak of incivility, victimization and heightened stresses for a spectrum of minorities, according to a national report from the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.

November 1, 2017
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Harvard Students Disdain ‘Weaselly’ Spicer

Sean Spicer has been on a rebranding tour since he left the White House in an effort to make us forget all the hard work he did spreading the contagion of this administration’s dangerous lies. Aiding him in this undertaking is Harvard University, which gifted Spicer with a fellowship from its Kennedy School of Government for the fall semester.

October 25, 2017
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7 Reasons Why Betsy DeVos’ Latest Hire May Be Her Scariest Yet

Since taking the helm at the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos has put together a who’s who of for-profiteers, regulatory rollback artists and civil rights skeptics. But her latest hire, conservative attorney Hans Bader for a job in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Education, may be the most alarming so far.

October 25, 2017

Five Ways To Better Understand Microsoft Office — And All Over 90% Off

After more than 25 years of exemplary service, computer users are basically all in agreement: Microsoft Office is the gold standard of productivity programs. But with so much under that shiny Office hood, it’s tough for anyone to be familiar with all the bells and whistles Office puts at your disposal. Thankfully, The National Memo Store has put together some of the best courses to help you build your Microsoft Office knowledge — and all at discounts of over 90 percent off.

October 23, 2017

Five Smart Ways To Become An Ethical Hacking Pro—All At Over 90% Off

As the U.S.-Russia scandal and other headline-grabbing stories can attest, ethical hacking is a career that’s never been more vital. Take a look at this collection of ethical hacking instruction courses (all at over 90 percent off) from The National Memo Store and get in the game.

October 16, 2017
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Is Betsy DeVos Winning Her War Against Public Schools?

If Betsy DeVos enjoys the occasional quaff of champagne on her private jet, the recent news that the Supreme Court is poised to deliver a knock-out blow to public sector unions presented a reason to celebrate. The announcement was made just hours before DeVos alit at Harvard last week, where she was the star attraction at a school choice conference.

October 7, 2017

For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In

Last school year, Ohio’s cash-strapped education department paid Capital High $1.4 million in taxpayer dollars to teach students on the verge of dropping out. But on a Thursday in May, students’ workstations in the storefront charter school run by for-profit EdisonLearning resembled place settings for a dinner party where most guests never arrived.

October 6, 2017