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Betsy DeVos Urges Staffers At Education Department To Offer Up ‘Resistance’ To The Biden Administration

Even though the president who appointed her to be Secretary of Education has been beaten by a historic margin, Betsy DeVos is trying to poison the entire department on her way out the door, urging staffers to “be the resistance” to the incoming Biden administration, Politico reports:

“During a department-wide virtual meeting to discuss the shift to the new administration, DeVos acknowledged that most of the agency’s thousands of career employees ‘will be here through the coming transition and beyond.’

“’Let me leave you with this plea: Resist,’ DeVos said. ‘Be the resistance against forces that will derail you from doing what’s right for students. In everything you do, please put students first — always.'”

Since when has Betsy DeVos put students first? Let’s recall that this is the very same woman who told Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” in 2018:

“I have not – I have not – I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.”

Yeah, because who cares about kids in those underperforming schools? Not Ms. DeVos, that’s for damn sure.

And now she wants the career employees at the department that she has only helmed for a couple of years to continue her assault on the nation’s education system, screwing over students in public schools and prioritizing those in private or religious schools, because that’s what DeVos and her screwed up version of “Christianity” tells her is the right thing to do in order to better serve the kingdom of God.

Let’s not forget how Betsy DeVos got the job of heading the Department of Education in the first place: By being a multimillion-dollar donor to the 2016 Trump campaign. She bought her cabinet position and then used her power as head of that agency to tear down public schools across all 50 states.

Be the resistance? Give us a damn break! The resistance just won the 2020 election and the resistance is about to erase all memory of Betsy DeVos from the Department of Education. And that’s as it should be since her every action has been an assault on knowledge and enlightenment.

 

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Ivanka Trump Gets Embarrassed After Insisting That American Kids Go Back To School ASAP

Bless her little heart, Ivanka Trump is always eager to try and put a happy face on her father’s most odious pronouncements and decisions, but she usually just makes matters worse, proving that she did indeed inherit her cluelessness from her father.

Such is the case with the Trump administration’s decision to demand that children who attend public schools go back to class this fall, come hell or high water, and regardless of the health dangers posed by the novel coronavirus, which has so far infected over 3 million Americans.


The White House is so committed to sending kids back to school that they’re even threatening to withhold federal education funding from states that don’t go along with their harebrained scheme.

And that’s where Ivanka comes into the equation, putting her two cents worth in via Twitter:

Be sure and note how Ivanka tries to suggest she actually gives a diddly damn about single mothers and what they have to go through on a daily basis. That’s rich coming from a woman who has nannies to help raise her children and has never had to actually work a day in her life, let alone bear a burden other than determining what shoes she’ll be wearing to her next cocktail party.


And then there’s the fact that Jared and Ivanka send their children to private schools, so the mandate from her father won’t impact her or her kids in the least, as lots of people reminded her:

Sorry, Vanky, but you have zero credibility on this or any other issue that matters to real Americans. No one believes a damn word you or your father say.

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Teacher Blasts Education Secretary Betsy DeVos In Open Letter: ‘You Are Who We Thought You Were’

From the moment she was nominated by Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has been under fire from those concerned that her unorthodox views on how to best educate students could wind up creating two separate systems: One for the wealthy and another for everyone else.

Teachers were especially opposed to DeVos, and for good reason. This is a woman who has never taught, has no formal training in the field, and holds controversial views on using public money to fund charter and private schools. And in the three months since she was confirmed, DeVos has done little to allay those fears.

Veteran educator Patrick Kearney wrote an open letter to DeVos which he shared with The Huffington Post, and in that letter, Kearney lets the Education Secretary have it with both barrels, writing:

“You’ve now been the Secretary of Education for a few months and I have to say, we’ve moved from being freaked out to understanding that you are who we thought you were.”

Specifically, Kearney criticizes DeVos’ first budget for the Department of Education, which would eliminate $1.2 billion from after-school programs and also cut $27 million in arts education and $12 million for Special Olympics programs. That same budget would eliminate a loan forgiveness program which is meant to serve as an incentive for teachers to work in rural communities. Kearney blasts the budget:

“Your budget seems to try to surmise that schools are wasting money by providing safe places to go after school, giving young people the opportunity to create art, and supporting special education students.”

The drastic budget cuts would be accompanied by increased funding for charter schools and voucher programs which would use public funds to allow students to attend private and religious schools. To that, Kearney commented:

“Who are you serving?. Your proposed budget would suggest that your interest is in diverting dollars away from programs that directly impact young people and putting those dollars into the pockets of those who would like to make a profit in the business of educating our young people.

“In no universe does your budget make public schools better for the students who need them the most.”

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Trump Claimed He Was First In His Class At Wharton–Nope, Not Even Close

Despite evidence to the contrary, our so-called president has repeatedly said that “I’m, like, a smart person.” So smart that he’s even bragged he graduated at the top of his class from Pennsylvania University’s Wharton School of Business.

And now we learn that too is a giant lie.

According to a report from The Daily Pennsylvanian, academic records and the recollections of his classmates show that yet again Trump was engaging in what has now become known as “alternative facts,” which the rest of us call lies:

“Penn records and Trump’s classmates dispute this claim. In 1968, The Daily Pennsylvanian published a list of the 56 students who were on the Wharton Dean’s List that year — Trump’s name is not among them.”

The newspaper also found a program from the graduation of the Class of 1968 that listed:

“20 Wharton award and prize recipients, 15 cum laude recipients, four magna cum laude recipients and two summa cum laude recipients for the Class of 1968. Trump’s name appears nowhere on those lists.

“Given that there are 366 listed 1968 Wharton graduates on QuakerNet, Penn’s alumni database, the Dean’s List of 56 students represents approximately the top 15 percent of the class. The omission of Trump’s name suggests that his academic record at Penn was not as outstanding as he has claimed.”

And that’s not the only lie the alleged president has told about his academic background. He also says he has an MBA from Wharton, but Newsweek’s Kurt Eichewald has proven that Trump never enrolled in post-graduate studies at Wharton and only enrolled in the undergraduate program for two years, transferring in as a junior.

Classmate Louis Calomaris had this to say about Trump:

“He was not an intellectual man, but that wasn’t what his goal was. He’s not an intellectual now, [and] that’s pretty obvious.”

Some things never change.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Georgia Governor Complains About ‘Colored People’ In Rambling Speech (VIDEO)

Considering what he said yesterday as part of a speech he gave, it’s probably a very good thing that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal cannot run for re-election.

Speaking to state educators as he urged them to support a Constitutional amendment which would allow the state to take control of failing schools, Deal remarked:

“The irony of some of the groups who are opposing doing something to help these minority children is beyond my logic. If you want to advance the state of colored people, start with their children.”

Asked later about what he had said, Deal told a reporter:

“I did not mean to insult anyone, but I was upset.”

Deal has a history of making racially insensitive remarks:

  • He has used the term “ghetto grandmothers.”
  • He once told a group, “My wife tells me she could look at her 6th grade class and tell you which ones were going to prison and which ones were going to college.”
  • The Georgia Governor has been part of the birther movement over the years, much like Donald Trump, whom Deal supports for President. Asked once about President Obama’s birth certificate, Deal responded, “I have no idea where he was born.”

It should also be noted that Deal has been under investigation for financial wrongdoing for decades. Most recently, Deal was alleged to be part of a scheme which mandated that those seeking state inspections for their cars use facilities in which Deal held a monetary stake.

Since I live in Georgia, I’m more than a bit familiar with Deal’s ignorance, intolerance, and moral bankruptcy. Were he able to run again in 2018, he would be toast. This man is an embarrassment to the Peach State and the entire country. In other words, he’s a typical Republican.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org