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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]