There may be some mystery about what President Trump is going to say, but we have a feeling he is NOT going to say any of these five things.

5 Things you WON'T hear Trump say before Congress - Education Votes
Parents from two different families have asked Rachel Sandoval if she’ll be the guardian for their children if they’re seized in an immigration raid. For Sandoval, this is what it means to be a second grade teacher in 2017.

Immigrant families turning to trusted educators as fears rise - Education Votes
Detroit Student Dannah Wilson Believes Betsy DeVos Is Unqualified for Secretary of Education.

This 17-Year-Old Is Determined to Hold Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Accountable
It's vital that we have an independent Supreme Court willing to check abuse of presidential power and protect the rights of students and educators. Tell the Senate: Protect Students. Vote No on Gorsuch. [ Link ] #StopGorsuch

How the Supreme Court affects your classroom and your students - Lily's Blackboard
After her first visit to a public school as education secretary, Betsy DeVos said the teachers were "waiting to be told what they have to do.” Let's make sure DeVos knows parents and educators deserve respect from the person overseeing our public school system. [ Link ]
Educators reject Trump's discriminatory plan because it is a drastic departure from our core values. We don’t teach hate, we do not tell people how to pray, and we do not discriminate against people based on their religion, gender, or identity. Period.

Parents of transgender children request meeting with Trump, DeVos, Sessions
More than 500 public school supporters have shared what they wish Betsy DeVos understood about public schools. Click through to read more of their stories.

Families join educators in effort to show Betsy DeVos value of public schools - Education Votes
In her brief time as ed secretary, DeVos has insulted teachers at a middle school; didn't participate in the first Twitter chat her department had for teachers; suggested schools should compensate for troubles children have at home, such as absent fathers; and made clear that a top priority will be pushing for vouchers, for-profit charters and online schools, or so-called "choice."

So far, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is just what her critics feared
TX politicians are considering a voucher scheme that could harm our most vulnerable students.

How Dallas' poorest kids could be left behind under Texas' voucher plan | Education | Dallas News
Politicians in Kentucky are trying to push through a #charterschool bill that makes the same mistakes that other states have already made. Why don’t they learn?

5 reasons KY lawmakers need to learn from other states' charter school mistakes - Education Votes
Nearly every big legal question that affects our nation's students and educators -- from private school vouchers to education funding to the rights of students with disabilities -- eventually makes its way to the Supreme Court. But #NeilGorsuch, President Trump's nominee, has a track record that suggests he won't side with students and educators. Tell your senators to vote 'No' on Gorsuch: [...
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A wave of new research suggests that private school vouchers may harm students who receive them. The results are startling — the worst in the history of the field, researchers say.

Dismal Results From Vouchers Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins
Education Week is reporting that few people with a good policy grasp of education want to work for Betsy DeVos, and that includes those who have worked in past GOP administrations, for GOP education leaders on Capitol Hill. Is anyone surprised?

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"We do not need to wait for a governor, state legislature, or president to make the change we need. We are the powerful voices. Together, through our dialogue with colleagues and students, and our communities, we can make a wave of change."

National politics increase student fear, anxiety; educators say best solutions are local - Education Votes
Another extreme bill by extremist legislators. The bill would require public universities to gather voter-registration data on prospective instructors and not make any hire that would cause either Democratic or Republican faculty to outnumber each other by more than 10 percent.

Iowa Bill Would Force Universities to Consider Political Affiliation in Faculty Hiring
Betsy Devos: "I can tell the (teachers') attitude is more of a ‘receive mode.’ They’re waiting to be told what they have to do, and that’s not going to bring success to an individual child.” Let's make sure DeVos knows parents, students and educators are not backing down. [ Link ]

Rough First Week Gives Betsy DeVos a Glimpse of the Fight Ahead
Senator Chuck Grassley was grilled on the DeVos vote at his town hall meeting yesterday.

Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Town Hall Packed With People And Questions
Hear attorney Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, of the National Women's Law Center, and Maryland educator Robin McNair offer the latest information about the school-to-prison pipline for girls of color and practical tips on how educators and school communities can address it.
Betsy DeVos has had a shaky start as education secretary, as evidenced by comments she made last week after her first visit to a public school. Let's make sure she knows parents, students and educators are not backing down. [ Link ]