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Do students have a constitutional right to a good education? Federal court case could decide.
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Nov 22, 9:38 AM: The word “education” doesn’t appear in the United States Constitution, but should students be guaranteed a basic level of literacy in order to fully participate in American democracy?
Opinion: Nebraska must stand against failed education policies
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Aug 14, 7:44 AM: For the sake of children our education leaders in Nebraska must take a stand against Washington’s failed education policies. All statewide testing, national testing and international testing shows the same results — there continues >
DeVos Wants to Prioritize Education Funding for Opportunity Zones
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Jul 30, 8:11 AM: Betsy DeVos wants to prioritize federal education funding for areas of the country that qualify as opportunity zones – a move that if finalized, could shift hundreds of millions of dollars away from some communities and to >
Opinion: The Department Of Education Is Not A National School Board
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Jul 11, 7:26 AM: Last week, Joe Biden joined the bandwagon of Democrats (started by Elizabeth Warren this year) promising to name a public-school teacher to be Secretary of Education if he wins the presidency. It’s an easy commitment to make in >
Classroom Disruption — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shares her vision of ‘education freedom
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Jul 8, 7:38 AM: DeVos wants more freedom for kids enduring economic and racial segregation. She wants freedom from stigmas that favor white-collar jobs over blue-collar jobs. Freedom of religion. Freedom to learn in the manner that works best for >
Betsy DeVos emerges a Trump Cabinet survivor
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Apr 29, 7:42 AM: Yet the president shows no signs of asking her to resign, reflecting in part his lack of interest in the issue of education and the department responsible for it. And DeVos has no interest in departing. Advisers say she is excited >
DeVos Moves to Ease Church-State Rules in Education
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Mar 12, 7:39 AM: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Monday that she will no longer enforce a provision in federal law that bars religious organizations from providing federally funded educational services to private schools.
School Reform’s Lost Momentum
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Jan 29, 8:54 AM: Perhaps the biggest impediment to the creation and maintenance of a truly innovative, diverse system of schools will be getting policymakers and the public to accept that every school will not be to everyone’s liking. The >
House Democrats bringing new scrutiny to education secretary
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Jan 22, 8:52 AM: Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office.
Letter: DeVos Is Restoring Order to America’s Schools
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Dec 31, 9:36 AM: I agree that the Education Department, where I used to work, was right to withdraw Obama-era guidance on school discipline (“The Discipline of Betsy DeVos,” editorial, Dec. 22). The guidance wrongly asserted that racial disparities >
Opinion: Obama’s Racial Preferences Made Schools Dangerous
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Dec 26, 9:32 AM: Put another way, the administration was demanding racial parity in school discipline, regardless of who was being disruptive, which is as silly as demanding racial parity in police arrests, regardless of who’s committing crimes. >
Do the recommendations from the school safety commission go far enough? (CER in the news)
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Dec 19, 8:13 AM: Citing a "holistic" approach to school safety, a federal commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released proposals on student mental health, cyber bullying and discipline. For different perspectives on the report, >
George H.W. Bush laid the foundation for education reform
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Dec 3, 8:48 AM: Beyond establishing a vision, Bush threw his energies into school reform projects large and small. In keeping with his belief that the federal government could “serve as a catalyst” in promoting change, he was an early advocate for >
Warner, Portman call for improvement of Pell dual enrollment program
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Sep 13, 7:30 AM: U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to urge the Trump administration to consider expanding the dual enrollment Pell experiment to meet the goal of 10,000 >
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, goes before GOP-dominated Senate Judiciary Committee
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Sep 4, 7:37 AM: This week’s four-day hearing promises to be contentious at times when disgruntled Democrats press the nominee to answer their questions, and dry and dull at other times when Republicans offer praise and lob him softballs. Tuesday’s >
Bucking allies, school choice group favors IRS proposal on tax credits
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Aug 30, 7:42 AM: A Florida-based advocacy group that pushes Georgia and other states to help fund private schools so more children can attend them is breaking ranks with allies over a controversial proposed federal tax rule.
Govt acts to stop high-tax states from skirting $10K cap
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Aug 24, 7:47 AM: Steven Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, said he was surprised by the broad reach of the rules, affecting both high-tax states’ “workaround” efforts and existing programs in Republican >
Kavanaugh Could Unlock Funding for Religious Education, School Voucher Advocates Say
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Aug 15, 7:22 AM: Over his decades-long legal career, Judge Kavanaugh has argued in favor of breaking down barriers between church and state. He has filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of school prayer and the right of religious groups to >
Trump promotes job training as employers search for workers
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Jul 20, 7:49 AM: The White House said the “Pledge to America’s Workers” would provide at least 3.8 million new career opportunities for students and workers over the next five years, including apprenticeships, work-based learning and continuing >
Senate confirms Los Angeles reform advocate Jim Blew in narrow vote, rounding out Ed Dept’s K-
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Jul 18, 6:53 AM: The Senate voted narrowly Tuesday to confirm Jim Blew, a longtime education reform advocate, to be an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, rounding out the department’s K-12 team.

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