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Senate rebukes DeVos for cruel re-write to “borrower defense” rule

By Mary Ellen Flannery Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her pro-privatization, anti-student agenda received a big rebuke on Wednesday, when a bipartisan majority of Senators voted to block DeVos’ efforts to gut protections for student borrowers and taxpayers in her revision of the 30-year-old “borrower defense” rule. “Today’s bipartisan vote in the Senate is a

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Six reasons we must address our nation’s crumbling school buildings

By Amanda Menas / Photo: NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia at the Rayburn Building Too many students and educators across the country learn and work in crumbling schools. In California, one teacher reported that students are instructed to run the water for one minute before drinking to prevent lead contamination. In one Idaho school, educators

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5 Reasons Betsy DeVos is Bad for Public Schools

By Amanda Menas Over the two years since Betsy DeVos was confirmed as President Trump’s secretary of education, she has worked against the best interests of public schools. From proposing funding cuts to promoting privatization to rolling back protections for vulnerable children, she has ignored the voices of educators across the country about what students

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NEA member briefs lawmakers on lunch shaming

NEA member Marcie Villanueva was deeply troubled when she witnessed a cashier take a child’s lunch, throw it away, and replace it with a cheese sandwich, an apple, and milk. “I saw that look of distress come over that child’s face, and the cashier’s face said she was uneasy as well,” says Villanueva. But the