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Protest the Confirmation of Billionaire Betsy DeVos - New U.S. Senate Education Committee Members | Truth in American Education




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Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1/6/17
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 1/6/17 Featured Post Embedded Assessments: An End Around Parental Opt-Outs | Truth in American Education Protest the Confirmation of Billionaire Betsy DeVos - New U.S. Senate Education Committee Members | Truth in American Education by mike simpson / 10min 


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Will Trump and DeVos cripple education? – Cloaking Inequity

Will Trump and DeVos cripple education? – Cloaking Inequity:

Will Trump and DeVos cripple education?

The president-elect’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education has no experience in public education. From all appearances, she seeks to use her philanthropy to destroy public schools. The Senate “HELP” (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee on examines her (lack of) qualification on January 11. Tens of thousands of citizens, including educators of many backgrounds, have already contacted the Senate to ask that they #DumpDeVos.
cropped-cropped-wareth6January’s BUS — BadAss TeachersUnited Opt Out, and SOS March — discussion looks at what next?
Jitu Brown, National Director, Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J), argues that the next steps include local organizing, “building meaningful alliances in our communities,” and an “analysis of the failure of the progressive movement on education.” In particular, J4J plans a strong presence at next week’s HELP hearing and encourages activists to learn about and emulate grassroots organizer Ella Baker (1903-1986).
Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State Sacramento and a board member from the Network for Public Education, suggests making sure that leaders know — and cannot later deny knowing — what a DeVos education administration will do to our public schools and communities. (See prior conversations about Devos here on Cloaking Inequity)
To both ends, Denisha Jones, professor of education and national leader with BATs, UOO and SOS, encourages involvement in upcoming campaigns to increase awareness about DeVos’ background.
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Saturday With Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

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Democrats Call for Delay in DeVos Hearing Until She Completes Financial Report


Democrats in the Senate say that Betsy Devos’ hearing should be delayed because she has not completed her financial disclosure, which is required of all Cabinet appointments. Presumably, she has an accountant.
Democrats are pushing to delay Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing next Wednesdaybecause the billionaire philanthropist’s finances haven’t yet been cleared by ethics officials, nor has she signed an agreement addressing possible conflicts of interest.
Sen. Patty Murray, the committee’s top Democrat, says that she’s concerned about the “extensive financial entanglements and potential conflicts of interest” of President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education secretary.
An aide to Murray told POLITICO that “it would certainly be concerning if nominees break from standard practice and don’t submit their ethics paperwork in advance of a hearing.”
Although DeVos submitted her financial disclosures to the Office of Government Ethics on Dec. 12, she is still in discussions to finalize the paperwork and sign an agreement addressing possible conflicts of interest, according to her spokesman, Ed Patru.
The ethics office, in coordination with the Education Department, is responsible for identifying any conflicts of interest that DeVos might have and striking an agreement with her to recuse herself from certain decisions to avoid future conflicts.
Senate HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander indicated he plans to move ahead with the Jan. 11hearing, regardless of whether the paperwork is finalized. Committee rules don’t require the ethics office to clear a Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all:


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