Top 5 hot education news stories of the summer

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We’re counting down our five most popular Education Votes stories of the summer. Find out what you missed!

5. Educators have some choice words for DeVos

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.

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4. Five things you can do now to resist the Trump-DeVos agenda to wreck schools

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.

Marches, protests and petitions all matter, but these lower-profile, everyday actions are just as important. Get started today!

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3. Retired educator runs on education issues, wins stunning victory in OK state legislature

Karen Gaddis retired from teaching in 2011. Over her 40-year teaching career, she taught classes ranging from seventh-grade math to AP calculus.

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.

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2. 19 state attorneys general sue DeVos for putting for-profit colleges before students

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.

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1. US Supreme Court deals setback to voucher proponents

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.

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BONUS: Email Betsy DeVos and tell her her voucher plans harm students!

Our most popular action item of the summer. Join tens of thousands of fellow educators and parents and email Betsy DeVos today!

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Reader Comments

  1. Public schools are severely underfunded. As a teacher I see daily the impact of students being shortchanged.
    Please fully fund public schools and special education programs so that we fully equip our youngster to be valuable citizens and educators get a fair, reasonable paycheck.

  2. Mrs. DeVos,
    You were confirmed as Secretary of Public Education. Voucher programs are private. Please move forward in the public arena and build a strong PUBLIC education system for ALL children. Thank you.

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