Education News

Joe Biden will fire Betsy DeVos. Here’s why.

By Amanda Menas Students and educators deserve a secretary of Education who has experience and who is actually a champion of public schools. Betsy DeVos, who has spent decades working to dismantle public education and privatize public schools, is dangerously unqualified and lacks the experience we need in America’s secretary of education. Over the last

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Congress contemplates legislation to end police brutality

The renewed—and long overdue—push for racial justice sparked by George Floyd’s death is spurring congressional action. This week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing in preparation for marking up the Justice in Policing Act introduced by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) and Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY); Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

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NEA warns COVID-19 could lead to loss of up to 2 million education jobs

Nearly 2 million education jobs—one-fifth of the public education workforce—could be lost if the Senate fails to act soon to close growing state and local budget gaps caused by COVID-19, a new NEA analysis and state-by-state breakdown warned. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 500,000 public education jobs have already been lost. By

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Road to reopening runs through schools, yet McConnell refuses to act

Everyone agrees the road to reopening runs through America’s schools. But we can’t reopen them safely without taking costly steps to protect students and educators alike—steps that are unaffordable with massive budget cuts on the ways. We need to provide personal protective equipment (PPE); modify classrooms, cafeterias, and school buses to make social distancing possible;