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LIVE EVENT: Join us right here tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 2 pm EST for a live event that will feature personal, first-hand accounts about the destructive education policies promoted by Betsy DeVos—Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education. Students, parents, and educators will tell Capitol Hill lawmakers in Washington, DC why DeVos---described as a "four-star general" in the...
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Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick to oversee the nation's public education system, has spent decades and millions seeking to dismantle public schools. DeVos' Senate hearing is today.

DeVos, Trump pick to oversee public education, has deep ties to privatization movement

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The confirmation hearing for Trump's Secretary of Education pick, Betsy DeVos, will be today at 5:00 Eastern. You can watch live on C-SPAN, PBS NewsHour, or on the HELP committee website: [ Senate.gov Link ]

We'll also be livetweeting from @EdVotes on Twitter: [ Twitter.com Link ]

Nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education | The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

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Betsy DeVos, school voucher advocate and Trump's education secretary pick, will appear before the Senate education committee today. Voucher programs, however, take money from underfunded public schools, have uneven performance and often cherry pick students. Tell your senators to vote NO on DeVos: [ Edadvocacy.nea.org Link ]

Betsy DeVos wants ‘school choice.’ Chile tried that already.

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Join No Name-Calling Week, an opportunity to focus on providing students a learning environment free of bullying and harassment. Sign the pledge to receive free merchandise, while supplies last, and download classroom resources: [ Bddy.me Link ]
There is no better way to honor Martin Luther King’s life than to strengthen our resolve as social justice activists for our students, our families and our communities. For classroom resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, go to [ Bddy.me Link ]
Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr., urged Congress in a letter to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters." Sessions has been nominated by Donald Trump for US Attorney General.

Coretta Scott King's 1986 statement and testimony on Jeff...

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Educators are uniting through the Alliance to #ReclaimOurSchools at this critical moment to focus on issues that improve school climate and call out the incoming administration’s proposed corporate takeover of public schools.

Educators and communities unite for a National Day of Action - Education Votes

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Many fear that President-elect Trump will keep his campaign promise to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which would leave nearly a million DREAMers and millions more undocumented students vulnerable to deportation. School districts across the country are rushing to declare school campuses “safe zones.”
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We need a secretary of education who is committed to students and public education, not someone who has worked to undermine and privatize our public schools. Contact your senators now to tell them Betsy DeVos is not qualified for the job! Call 1-855-882-6229.
Take action and join one of the gatherings/rallies to protect immigrants & refugees. Click here to find the event nearest you: [ Bddy.me Link ] #HereToStay
“At the end of the day, we as educators want to foster in our kids a love of learning, but these high-stakes, standardized tests are doing the exact opposite.”--WI educator Angelina Cruz #ESSA

The case for using ESSA audits to curb high-stakes testing - Education Votes

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“You don’t pick up a 15- year-old who’s not threatening you and throw her to the ground. Students don’t need to be slammed. They need to be taught. They need to be guided. And they need some love." --North Carolina educator Tracy Phillips

Viral video of student being body slammed raises alarm over use of excessive force - Education Votes

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Join educators across the country taking action during No Name-Calling Week. No Name-Calling is an opportunity to focus on providing students a learning environment free of bullying and harassment. Sign the pledge to receive free merchandise, while they last, and download classroom resources: [ Educationvotes.nea.org Link ]
Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's secretary of education nominee, has ZERO experience serving in public schools. In fact, her only experience with public education is the decades she's spent trying to dismantle it. Demand your senators vote NO on DeVos. Call 1-855-882-6229.
Good piece by FairTest Monty Neill on how testing practices have changed and #ESSA reform opportunities.

How testing practices have to change in U.S. public schools

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We asked what educators would like to tell Betsy DeVos, the first anti-public education nominee for Secretary of Education. Educators poured their hearts out--click through to read their stories.

Educators school DeVos, Trump Ed Secretary nominee, on student needs - Education Votes

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"Voucher queen" Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's education secretary pick, is unqualified to lead the federal agency that oversees all of the nation’s educational institutions. She has no experience of any kind in public education. Demand that your senators vote NO on the DeVos nomination. Call today, 1-855-882-6229

Betsy DeVos is coming for your public schools

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"This is a significant victory in defending the right of every child in Louisiana to attend a quality public school. It is crucial for the state to adequately fund the institutions where the vast majority of Louisiana’s students learn, and a majority of Louisiana’s students learn in public school classrooms."-- Louisiana Association of Educators President Debbie Meaux #charterschools

Louisiana Appeal Court panel finds public funding of Type 2 charter schools unconstitutional; decision may be appealed

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The newly formed House Public Education Caucus, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia and education leaders explain why they oppose Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education. Billionaire DeVos, who has no experience in public education, has spent millions trying to undermine public education through vouchers and unaccountable charter schools. Tell your Senators to vote NO on...
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