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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
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
A Maricopa County, Arizona police SWAT team with an armored vehicle stand guard outside a campaign rally being held by Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Fountain Hills, Arizona March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

How Teenagers Got Police To Back Down And Remove Military-Grade Weaponry From Their High Schools

After nearly two years of sit-ins and protests, a coalition of Los Angeles high school students and grassroots organizers forced the police department for the second-largest public school district in the United States to remove grenade launchers, M-16 rifles, a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, and other military-grade weaponry from its arsenal.

May 31, 2016

Superintendent: Philadelphia Schools Will Open On Time, But Budget Woes Loom

By Kristen Graham, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s public schools will open on time, Superintendent William R. Hite said Friday. To not open on Sept. 8 as scheduled “punishes students for the failure of adults,” Hite said. He said assurances from politicians that a cigarette tax the city wants to help fund schools is […]

August 15, 2014

Supreme Court Lets Stand A Ban On Using Churches For Graduation

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Public schools may not hold their graduation ceremonies in an evangelical church, under a decision left standing by the Supreme Court on Monday. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago had decided that holding a graduation ceremony in an evangelical Christian church under a […]

June 16, 2014

Study: Wells Fargo Foreclosures Cost Minnesota Public Schools $28 Million

A new study from Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing For Change reveals that the foreclosure crisis is hurting America’s schools: Communities are being crippled by the loss of millions of dollars in state education aid as evictions destroy the tax bases and enrollment numbers of school districts. The group estimates that the roughly 13,000 foreclosures in Minneapolis […]

October 11, 2011