u.s. secretary of education

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Democrats reject her, but they helped pave the road to education nominee DeVos
Many Democrats have been supporting traditional Republican views of school reform for years.

It wasn’t all that long ago that it would have seemed impossible for anybody who labeled the U.S. public education system a “dead end” to be nominated as U.S. Secretary of Education, much less get support to be confirmed. Not anymore. Betsy DeVos, a Republican billionaire from Michigan who public school advocates see as hostile to America’s public education system, is likely to be confirmed despite a rocky Senate committee hearing, where, under caustic Democratic questioning, she seemed not to know basic education issues.

If DeVos does become education secretary, Democrats will of course blame the Republicans. DeVos is, after all, a Republican who has donated millions of dollars to Republicans, was selected to be education secretary by a Republican, and would win confirmation thanks to the Republican majority in the Senate.

But the record shows that Democrats can’t just blame Republicans for her ascension. It was actually Democrats who helped pave the road for DeVos to take the helm of the Education Department. Democrats have in recent years sounded — and acted — a lot like Republicans in advancing corporate education reform, which seeks to operate public schools as if they were businesses, not civic institutions. (This dynamic isn’t limited to education, but this post is.) By embracing many of the tenets of corporate reform — including the notion of “school choice” and the targeting of teachers and their unions as being blind to the needs of children — they helped make DeVos’s education views, once seen as extreme, seem less so. Historically, Democrats and Republicans have looked at public schools differently.

Democrats have traditionally been defenders of public education, seeing it as the nation’s most important civic institution, one that is meant to provide equal opportunity for marginalized communities to escape poverty and become well-informed citizens so they can become part of America’s civic life. Public education was seen as a civil right. Republicans have looked at public schools less as vehicles of social equity and more as places that are supposed to prepare young people for college and careers, an endeavor that should be measured with the same types of metrics businesses use to gauge success. Some Republicans have looked at public schools with suspicion, in some cases seeing them as transmitters of liberal and even godless values.

That’s why it was unusual when, in 2001, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat, gave critical support to the new conservative Republican president, George W. Bush, in passing a new education law called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). A bipartisan, they said, was to make sure public schools attended to the needs of all students, but the law actually became known for creating new “accountability” measures for schools based on controversial standardized test scores.

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Education Sec. DeVos booed during commencement speech
Recent graduates of Bethune-Cookman University in Florida were none too pleased with this year's commencement speaker.
By ABC News

As U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos began to address the crowd at the school’s commencement address, students stood up, heckled DeVos and turned their backs.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to speak with you and particularly with those who have disagreed with the invitation for me to be there,” DeVos said today among the chorus of boos.
“One of the hallmarks of higher education and of democracy is the ability to converse with and learn from those with whom we disagree,” she added.

dear US residents
WE NEED 3 SENATORS TO CHANGE THEIR VOTES TO PREVENT DeVos FROM BEING CONFIRMED!!!
The vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Sec of Education was delayed. The hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will now be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, according to an advisory from the committee.  Betsy DeVos is up for confirmation as U.S. Education Secretary, and many, many educators have expressed strongly that she is not qualified to ensure quality education in this country.
Please consider calling one of the following Republican Senators (key in the confirmation vote) to express your opinion on the appointment. At least 3 of these need to be convinced in order to block DeVos’ nomination. Don’t email. Don’t tweet. Don’t complain on Facebook. Call them!
If you live in one of the states represented below, PLEASE call YOUR Senator, If you don’t, pick one and call him/her:
Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414..&..202.224.2523
Lamar Alexander (TN) 615.736.5129..&..202.224.4944
Lisa Murkowski (AK) 907.586.7277..&..202.224.6665
Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999..&..202.224.3643
Orrin Hatch (UT) 801.524.4380..&..202.224.5251
Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125..&..202.224.3154..&.. 910.251.1058..&..828.350.2437
Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424
Dr. Bill Cassidy (LA) 202.224.5824
Pat Roberts (KS) 202.224.4774
Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121
Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343
Please reblog as well to spread the word!!

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Ban Bossy - I’m Not Bossy. I’m the Boss.

Beyonce, Jennifer Garner Want to Ban the Word ‘Bossy’ in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In PSA for Lifetime (Video). Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice and Diane von Furstenberg are also on board to ban the label that they say will make girls less interested in leadership than boys.

Don’t let Beyonce hear you using the word “bossy,” because she’s joining Lifetime in its mission to ban the label from our vocabulary.

Being labeled something matters. By middle school, girls are less interested in leadership than boys, and that’s because they worry about being called bossy,” Beyonce helps a number of other successful women — and men — say in the Lean In PSA (above). “We need to tell them it’s okay to be ambitious. We need to help them lean in. Words matter. Let’s just ban the ‘bossy,’ and encourage girls to lead.”

Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice and Diane von Furstenberg appear with NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chavez in the #BanBossy campaign spearheaded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who also takes a stand in the 60-second spot that airs on Lifetime.

The commercial for Lean In and Girl Scouts’ Ban Bossy movement, which is supported by Lifetime and a number of other partners, aims to raise awareness for raising girls’ self esteem during early adolescence — a pivotal moment in their development.

“I’m not bossy,” Beyonce concludes. “I’m the boss.”

Today’s suggested phone call: Betsy DeVos

The vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Sec of Education was delayed. The hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will now be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, according to an advisory from the committee.

And now to act! Billionaire Betsy DeVos is up for confirmation as U.S. Education Secretary, and many, many educators have expressed strongly that she is not qualified to ensure quality education in this country.  She’s corrupt, she’s an explicit opponent of public schools, she’s incapable of answering basic questions about education policy.

Please consider calling one of the following Republican Senators (key in the confirmation vote) to express your opinion on the appointment. At least 3 of these need to be convinced in order to block DeVos’ nomination. Don’t email. Don’t tweet. Don’t complain on Facebook. Call them!

Then, PLEASE SHARE WIDELY:
If you live in one of the states represented below, PLEASE call YOUR Senator, If you don’t, pick one and call him/her:
Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414..&..202.224.2523
Lamar Alexander (TN) Fax line to Knoxville office: (865) 545-4252 and Phone line to Knoxville: (865) 545-4253
Lisa Murkowski (AK) 907.586.7277..&..202.224.6665
Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999..&..202.224.3643
Orrin Hatch (UT) 801.524.4380..&..202.224.5251
Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125..&..202.224.3154..&.. 910.251.1058..&..828.350.2437
Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424
Dr. Bill Cassidy (LA) 202.224.5824
Pat Roberts (KS) 202.224.4774
Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121
Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343

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Shakira’s speech from the “Meeting of the Minds” yesterday, an event to kick off UN week ahead of the General Assembly and the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, which she co-hosted with UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake. The event brought together private and public sector leaders to discuss ways of increasing investment for Early Childhood Development and included esteemed speakers such as Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Professor Jack Shonkoff of Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child, among many others.

El discurso de Shakira en la reunión “Meeting Of The Minds”, un acto que inició la semana de Naciones Unidas y del lanzamiento de la Agenda Para el Desarrollo Sostenible en el que ella fue co-anfitriona junto con el director general de UNICEF, Anthony Lake. El acto unió a líderes de los sectores públicos y privado e una discusión que giró en torno a las políticas de desarrollo infantil temprano y que contó con la participación del Secretario General Ban Ki Moon, el Secretario general de educación del gobierno de Estados Unidos y el profesor de Harvard Jack Shonkoff , entre muchos otros.

Woke up still in disbelief . R.I.P Yamz !!! Heading to Eliot-Hine middle school for the VH1 save the music foundation . I’m meeting with Mayor Bowser of DC and Arne Duncan U.S secretary of education. Iknow my man would be proud!!! #vh1 #savethemusic #asapferg #asapmob #ripyamz

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Had a very productive “Meeting of the Minds” today at the UN, about the need for investing in early childhood development initiatives. Was in great company with some of the leading minds from the public and private sectors. Thank you to @unicef Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, professor Jack Shonkoff, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and so many others who attended and shared their thoughts on a subject we are all so passionate about! Hoy en una reunión muy productiva que hemos convocado, el “Meeting of the Minds” en Naciones Unidas. Hemos tratado sobre la necesidad de invertir en iniciativas de desarrollo infantil temprano. Estuve muy bien acompañada de los principales expertos del sector público y privado. Gracias Unicef, Secretario General Ban Ki Moon, profesor Jack Shonkoff, Secretario de Educación de los Estados Unidos Arne Duncan, entre otros participantes que atendieron y compartieron sus ideas sobre un tema que nos apasiona a todos!

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