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Saturday, May 27, 2017
education

Cheer, Cheer For The Protesters Of Notre Dame

As protester Bryan Ricketts told CNN, after explaining how Pence’s homophobia has affected him as a gay man, many graduates at Notre Dame have been directly targeted by other policies — for example, those students and their families who are undocumented and who risked deportation to celebrate this milestone in their lives.

May 25, 2017
Trump, Executive Orders

The 15 Heartless Proposals In Trump’s Budget

Longtime federal budget experts quickly slammed the White House’s proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. Its $1.4 trillion in cuts over the next decade would endanger tens of millions of households…

May 24, 2017

Elizabeth Warren Goes Nuclear On Trump And DeVos’ Plan To Gut Education Beyond All Recognition

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finds herself under fire again, this time for a proposed $10.6 billion budget cut to her department. And much as she did during DeVos’ confirmation hearing in February, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is leading the opposition.

May 24, 2017
Billionaire Betsy DeVos tapped for education secretary

Betsy DeVos Brings Class War To Classrooms

The budget proposal calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to department spending, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month. It is likely to meet resistance on Capitol Hill because of strong constituencies seeking to protect current funding, ideological opposition to vouchers and criticism of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

May 20, 2017
developer

Be the Swiss Army Knife of Web Developers — and Pay What You Want To Do It

Companies love a full stack developer because he or she can handle any issue — at the cost of one (occasionally hefty) paycheck. You can be on the receiving end of that expectation (and handsome compensation) once you’ve completed this Full Stack Web Development training…and best of all, you can get that training from The National Memo Store by paying what you want.

May 8, 2017
Charter School

How Charter School Operators Enrich Themselves In Real Estate

Nationwide, 43 states and the District of Columbia have 6,800 charters serving 2.9 million students. They comprise 6 percent of K-12 public school enrollment, which has increased six-fold in the last 15 years. When states approved the first charters in the 1990s, the idea was to nurture locally accountable experimental schools. However, since then a K-12 privatization industry has emerged that is dominated by companies seeking to create regional or national brands, akin to any other corporate franchise.

April 30, 2017
Trump, Muslim Ban, Courts

Why Trump’s Idea Of A CEO President Is Terrible

Donald Trump sold the country on the idea that he would be a businessman president, that he would create new jobs and strengthen the economy. But does he have any idea how to do so? While Trump certainly ran his own business, his track record is spotty, dotted with bankruptcies and side deals that kept him afloat even as his various properties careened in and out of Chapter 11 with disturbing frequency.

April 25, 2017
McDonald's

America’s Second-Largest School District Says No To McDonald’s McTeacher’s Nights

In a victory for public health, the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the country, adopted a resolution to end McDonald’s McTeacher’s Nights this April. The resolution comes as millions of parents, educators and health professionals call on junk food corporations to stop kid-targeted marketing.

April 24, 2017
Protesters yell outside of the Berkeley Police Department protesting police violence in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

The Un-Free Speech Movement At Berkeley

UC Berkeley is an exceptional institution whose history includes the 1964-65 protests that gained fame as the Free Speech Movement. Long known as a hotbed of left-wing activism, it has lately gained attention as a place where right-wingers venture at their peril. In February, the administration abruptly called off a talk by then-Breitbart News troll Milo Yiannopoulos after protesters threw stones and firebombs and smashed windows.

April 23, 2017

Largest Charter School Chain In L.A. Raises Millions In Dark Money To Fight Union Drive, State Auditor Finds

The efforts by Alliance College-Ready Public Schools to stop the union drive that began in March 2015, when 67 teachers and counselors said they wanted to join United Teachers Los Angeles, also included $2.2 million in donated legal fees, hiring an array of campaign consultants routinely seen in political fights and coordinating with the California Charter School Association (CCSA), which used the private alumni files to recruit former students to their side.

April 21, 2017
Betsy DeVos, Flint

How The Right-Wing Koch And DeVos Families Are Funding Hate Speech On Campus

As the Trump administration advances discriminatory policy, bigoted authors and activists are giving speeches along the college circuit, facilitated by right-wing nonprofits. It’s important for members of the university community to know which organizations are making this possible, and who funds them. It may prove effective for student dissenters to address AEI, YAF and Glittering Steel in their campaigns against racist speakers.

April 19, 2017
DeVos

DeVos Pick To Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination For Being White

On Wednesday, DeVos formally announced Jackson’s position as deputy assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights, a role that does not require Senate confirmation. The 39-year-old attorney will act as assistant secretary in charge of the office until that position is filled. DeVos has not yet selected a nominee, who would have to receive Senate confirmation.

April 15, 2017

Bernie Sanders’ Crusade For Free College Gains Momentum

New York’s Excelsior Scholarship will launch in the fall of 2017. Around 940,000 New York families will eventually be eligible, according to a website created by the governor’s office to promote the plan. Curiously enough, the site features a photo of a smiling man who is neither college-bound nor a New York resident: Bernie Sanders.

April 14, 2017
Guns, Shootings, Schools, Teachers, Sandy Hook, Second Amendment Rights, Politics, Unions

Shocking Education Report Shows Taxpayers Paying Hundreds Of Millions For Unneeded And Inferior Charter Schools

A blockbuster report detailing how California’s charter school industry has wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars by opening and building schools in communities that don’t need them and often end up doing worse than nearby public schools, is a nationwide warning about how education privateers hijack public funds and harm K-12 public schools.

April 13, 2017
DeVos

Reporters, It’s Time To Investigate DeVos’ Department Of Education

In the lead-up to billionaire Republican megadonor and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ confirmation, numerous media outlets published deep-dive investigations into DeVos’ background, significant political contributions, potential conflicts of interest, far-right ideology, and negative influence on Michigan policies.

April 11, 2017
Classroom, Students

These For-Profit Schools Are ‘Like A Prison’

Camelot Education takes the students that public schools have given up on. But some current and former students say its discipline goes too far.

March 9, 2017
Transgender students, Trump

Trump Order On Transgender Students Is Separate And Unequal

The muddled minds that now run the federal government think it’s fine to legally segregate public bathrooms. This is of a piece with the attitudes and beliefs that created “For whites only” drinking fountains in the Jim Crow South. If you don’t see the correlation, you have company in the White House.

February 25, 2017
DeVos

DeVos Sees Public Education As A Biblical Battlefield

Betsy DeVos is a doctrinaire right-winger who means to destroy public education, replacing it with a system of religious schools that serve the middle class and the wealthy. Implacably hostile to the public commons, she would rip apart a core asset of our democracy.

February 11, 2017
Pence, Evangelicals

On Trump Train, Evangelicals Are The Higher Power

When Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote that put the billionaire Betsy DeVos in charge of the Department of Education, his action highlighted once again the curious alliance between the most libertine president in American history and the most politically powerful flock of evangelical Christians Washington has ever seen.

February 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos

In Rural America, DeVos’ Confirmation Could Spell Doom For Public Schools

DeVos’s free-market principles are on full display in Detroit, where for-profit charter school operators have sowed chaos without creating any educational gains. Detroit’s miserable educational outcomes are some of the worst in the nation, and liberals have pointed to them frequently in their objections to DeVos.

February 7, 2017
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

Confirmed: Pence’s Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote Gives DeVos The Edge

President Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the Senate, but only after Vice President Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her. The tie-breaking vote, which Senate officials said was unprecedented to confirm a president’s Cabinet nominee, came after two Republicans joined with 46 Democrats and two independents in opposition to DeVos.

February 7, 2017
DeVos

Billionaire Betsy DeVos Can’t Buy Her Way Into The Education Department

The defection of two Republican senators has imperiled President Trump’s nomination of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. DeVos has contributed $5,000 to Susan Collins’ campaigns, but Lisa Murkowski’s no-vote was perhaps an even bigger surprise. DeVos’ family businesses have contributed $33,400 to Murkowski’s political campaigns since 1989, according to OpenSecrets.

February 2, 2017
DeVos, Intelligent Design, Creationism

DeVos’ Code Words For Creationism Offshoot Raise Concerns About ‘Junk Science’

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick as secretary of education, has funded groups that champion “intelligent design,” a sophisticated outgrowth of creationism. Science educators worry that she could use her bully pulpit to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools.

January 31, 2017
Sessions

How Jeff Sessions Helped Kill Equitable School Funding In Alabama

A lawsuit in the 1990s had Alabama poised to fund poor black school districts as fairly as wealthy white schools. As state attorney general, Jeff Sessions fought the effort passionately and won. Today, Alabama’s public schools remain a story of inequality because of Sessions’ duplicitous legal jousting.

January 30, 2017
LePage, Austerity

Brutal Austerity Is Coming To A Statehouse Near You

The incoming Trump administration understandably frightens liberals, but right-wing successes at a state level would have moved forward regardless of who won the election. What’s more, bipartisan support for policies of austerity and neoliberalism have led to vast social spending cuts across the country regardless of political affiliation.

January 20, 2017