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Education Votes asked you, the educators of America, what you would tell Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the students you teach and the schools in which you work. We received many responses: earnest, heartfelt, informative, hopeful, caring, and, yes, angry. Below are a representative sample of your responses.
First, here are a few of the destructive policies and proposals that DeVos has pursued during her tenure.
Every citizen who cares about public schools has a role to play in defending public education from the agenda President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos have laid out: to defund and destabilize public schools in favor of vouchers and charter schools that are unaccountable to taxpayers.
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But for Gaddis, there was one thing that just didn’t add up: How the state legislature could short public education funding year after year while handing out tax breaks to corporate giants in the gas and oil industries.
Nineteen state attorneys general, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, today sued Education Secretary DeVos for rescinding federal protections designed to hold abusive for-profit colleges and career training programs accountable for cheating students and taxpayers out of billions of dollars in federal loans.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education violated federal law by abruptly revoking the Borrower Defense Rule, meant to make schools financially responsible for fraud and forbid them from forcing students to resolve complaints outside court. The protections were to have gone into effect July 1, 2017.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that Missouri violated the constitutional rights of a church when it denied the church’s grant application for a new playground surface. But the court’s narrow ruling represents a setback for voucher proponents, who had sought to use the dispute to undermine state constitutional protections for public education and fuel the expansion of private school vouchers on a national scale, even for religious schools.
The court said it did not “address religious uses of funding or other forms of discrimination” in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia Inc. v. Comer. The 7-2 decision leaves intact the Missouri constitutional provision prohibiting state funding of religious actions and leaves undisturbed the similar provisions of 38 other states. These “no aid” provisions were enacted to protect public schools and have been applied for decades to ensure that resources for those schools were not diverted to private religious institutions.
Our most popular action item of the summer. Join tens of thousands of fellow educators and parents and email Betsy DeVos today!