Jan 17 Education focus

EDUCATION hearing: Betsy Devos

Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Time: 5 p.m. Eastern (2 Pacific)

How to watch: The hearing will be live streamed on the committee website. PBS NewsHour and C-SPAN are also planning to live stream the event.

Full Coverage on DeVos today (Google News)

Pro (Mitt Romney)  Con (Elizabeth Warren)

5 things to watch in today’s hearing (Politico)

Questions for DeVos (Prepared by the New Teacher Center’s Liam Goldrick)

Our Education Committee – scripts, and LOTS of pertinent information for today.

Here is a toolkit for opposing DeVos:  http://networkforpubliceducation.org/2016/12/8208/

From my Google news feed “DeVos”

Rutgers Professor Criticizes Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary

Patch.com – ‎55 minutes ago‎
“States should not move to the Michigan model that Betsy DeVos lobbied so hard to build and protect,” says Rutgers professor Bruce Baker. By Carly Baldwin (Patch Staff) – January 17, 2017 10:12 am ET. Rutgers Professor Criticizes Trump’s Pick for …

Betsy DeVos promises major shakeup of education system

Washington Times – ‎4 hours ago‎
FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump stands with Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos in Bedminster, N.J. DeVos has spent over two decades advocating for school choice programs, which give students and parents an …

Betsy DeVos faces the HELP Committee: Five things to watch

Politico – ‎4 hours ago‎
Senate Democrats are expected to grill Betsy DeVos with tough questions on Tuesday — part of a strategy to paint Donald Trump’s Education secretary pick as an enemy of public education. Democrats’ opposition has been hardened by the fact that DeVos is …

Key Democrat requests tax returns from Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick

Washington Post – ‎4 hours ago‎
A key Senate Democrat has asked Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, to turn over three years of tax returns to the committee overseeing her confirmation process. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the …

Betsy DeVos Is Public Enemy Number 1 With Teachers’ Unions

Forbes – ‎2 hours ago‎
The forces in and around the teachers’ unions of America are engaging in a massive assault against Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary. From her wealthy family to her Christian faith and support of school vouchers, …

Senate Democrats to grill Trump education pick Betsy DeVos

WSYR – ‎10 minutes ago‎
Betsy DeVos has been a political heavyweight for decades, spending millions to advance conservative causes. But Tuesday evening, Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary will be asked to fill in her own personal beliefs on a host of controversial …

5 Things To Look For In Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation Hearing

Delmarva Public Radio – ‎4 hours ago‎
There hasn’t been a more controversial pick for Secretary of Education, arguably, in recent memory than Donald Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos. The Senate confirmation hearings for the billionaire Republican fundraiser and activist from Michigan start today.

DeVos to Face Questions Over Schools, Conservative Activism

NBC New York – ‎5 hours ago‎
Eight of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks face confirmation hearings in Congress this week, and some already face stiff opposition. (Published Monday, Jan. 9, 2017). Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos is widely expected to push for

Charter schools controversy will only grow under Trump

KRDO – ‎1 hour ago‎
(CNN) – President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t been coy about his vision for public schools: He wants them to become more like their private counterparts. When his billionaire pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, appears before Congress today, she

DeVos likely to push school choice as education secretary

Corvallis Gazette Times – ‎2 hours ago‎
FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2016 file photo, Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks in Grand Rapids, Mich. DeVos, Trump’s choice for education secretary, has spent over two decades advocating for school choice programs, which give students and …

Betsy DeVos, Trumps Education Pick, Could Wreck LGBT Protections

Daily Beast – ‎1 hour ago‎
Senators must ask if a socially conservative crusader intends to protect gay and transgender students. Lives are at stake. Jay Michaelson. 01.17.17 6:45 AM ET. As billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos heads into her confirmation hearings to run the …

The DeVos hearing: No, she will degrade public schools

MLive.com – ‎1 hour ago‎
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for education secretary, speaks at a post-election rally in Walker. DeVos’ efforts in Michigan to promote school vouchers and for-profit charter schools show she only wants to corporatize and undermine …

How Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary May Reignite the Education Wars

WJBD Online – ‎4 hours ago‎
Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, has the nation’s teachers unions preparing to re-enter battle over public education systems, a little over a

Betsy DeVos will empower Latino families, not bureaucrats

The Hill (blog) – ‎5 hours ago‎
If Betsy DeVos were to have a conversation with every Latino in America, a majority of them would support her for U.S. Secretary of Education. It’s not a far-fetched notion. According to a recent survey from Beck Research, a Democratic polling firm, 75

Education for Whom?

The UCSD Guardian Online – ‎7 hours ago‎
Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education worked to privatize education in Detroit for more than a decade. Now she takes on a new responsibility: ensuring the education of American youth. By. Nate Walker. -. January 17, 2017. 0 · Share on Facebook

Unions Bankrolling School Choice, DeVos Opposition

Washington Free Beacon – ‎6 hours ago‎
Three of the groups challenging the reform agenda of President-elect Donald Trump and his education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos received more than $2.6 million from teachers unions and their allies, according to federal labor filings. DeVos, a

Trump Transition: Betsy DeVos Awaits Confirmation Hearing

9&10 News – ‎3 hours ago‎
Dozens of lawmakers across the country say they plan to boycott president-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration. The announcement comes after Trump engaged in a Twitter feud with a mix of high-profile figures, including civil rights icon …

Trump’s pick for Education secretary could put school vouchers back on the map

Los Angeles Times – ‎14 hours ago‎
Fifteen years ago, a controversial question about America’s schools dominated headlines, prompted ballot measures in California and other states and led wealthy philanthropists to dig deep into their pockets in the name of educational reform.

Trump’s Picks for Interior, Education Secretary Face Confirmation Hearings

Mexico Star – ‎1 hour ago‎
U.S. Senate committees continue their questioning of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet choices Tuesday with confirmation hearings for his picks to lead the Department of Interior and Department of Education. Interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke

Public school advocates worried about Trump’s Education pick

Tribune-Review – ‎12 hours ago‎
Should Betsy DeVos be confirmed as the next U.S. secretary of Education after her confirmation hearing begins Tuesday, debates about school choice could expand in Pennsylvania and places such as Westmoreland County — home to only one charter …

5 Reasons Billionaire GOP Donor and Public School Privatizer Betsy DeVos Should Not Be Secretary of Education

AlterNet – ‎8 hours ago‎
Billionaire Betsy DeVos, a major GOP funder and party activist from Michigan, has been tapped by Donald Trump to become the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and faces a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Many have decried the …

WMU Education Professor critical of DeVos

WTVB – ‎2 hours ago‎
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) stands with Betsy DeVos after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar. WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO-AM) — Donald …

Gov. Snyder: Betsy DeVos puts kids first

The Detroit News – ‎11 hours ago‎
Gov. Rick Snyder believes Betsy DeVos is the right choice for U.S. education secretary. (Photo: David Eggert / AP). In selecting Betsy DeVos to be the next secretary of education, President-elect Trump has bestowed a great honor to the state of Michigan.

Trump Transition: Educators and families prepare for new administration

CBS 8 San Diego – ‎8 hours ago‎
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – On Tuesday, a Senate committee will begin considering the president-elect’s nomination of Betsy Devos for Education Secretary. Devos is expected to push expanding school choice and critics are raising concerns about how her …

At the end of this week Donald Trump will be president: this is what it will mean for schools

TES News – ‎17 hours ago‎
Since President-elect Trump nominated Betsy DeVos — a philanthropist and school-choice advocate who has been sharply critical of public schools — to be secretary of education, educators have been speculating how the incoming administration will

Time to Pay Attention: Long Before DeVos’ Nominati…

Education World – ‎22 hours ago‎
In April of last year, long before anyone could predict that President-elect Donald Trump would pick school choice as an education policy priority or Betsy DeVos as his choice for Education Secretary, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a massive

A Former Education Secretary’s Advice For Betsy DeVos

WUNC – ‎22 hours ago‎
Since he began running for President, Donald Trump has been talking about a smaller federal role in education. The confirmation hearings begin tomorrow for the person he’s nominated to carry out his vision, Betsy DeVos. In her home state of Michigan, …

Betsy DeVos supporters fight back after union boss opposes pick

New York Post – ‎17 hours ago‎
Supporters of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary — are striking back at national teachers’ union boss Randi Weingarten for opposing her nomination. A $15,000 ad prepared for Roll Call

New York needs to oppose education nominee Betsy Devos

Newsday – ‎20 hours ago‎
With his nomination of Betsy Devos as secretary of education, President-elect Donald Trump has declared war on public education. In NYC, parents of public school children have been collecting signatures to oppose the nomination of the billionaire …

DeVos set to answer senators’ education questions

The Detroit News – ‎Jan 16, 2017‎
Washington — Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos is set to defend her qualifications Tuesday before a Senate committee, where she is expected to face questions about her activism for school choice and her millions of dollars in political donations

Michigan’s experience will be argued in Betsy DeVos hearing

Michigan Radio – ‎Jan 16, 2017‎
Betsy DeVos will have her confirmation hearing this week to head the Department of Education. betsydevos.com. Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos faces questions this week on her work to advance school choice and charters. She is to appear at a Senate …

DeVos can set a bold path for an education revolution

Washington Examiner (blog) – ‎21 hours ago‎
Traditionally, the first 100 days of a new presidential administration get a lot of special attention. They can, and often do, set the tone and direction of the 1,360 other days that will follow. It’s axiomatic in Washington that it’s better to get the

Confirming Trump’s Secretary of Education will be more about money than policy

VICE News – ‎Jan 16, 2017‎
A longtime donor to right-wing and Christian causes, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, faces her confirmation at the hands of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Labor, and Pensions Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. E.T. The hearing.

Teachers wear red over DeVos confirmation

Port Huron Times Herald – ‎Jan 16, 2017‎
In an act of unity and as an expression of outrage, teachers both across the country and locally will be wearing red on Tuesday to protest the confirmation hearings of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary. “We

Why Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos Is A Dangerous Threat to LGBTQ Equality

Huffington Post – ‎Jan 16, 2017‎
“It is unfathomable that the next Secretary of Education would oppose basic protections for LGBT students and roll back the progress we have made to ensure all students feel safe and supported in our schools,” Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), an

A smart choice for education

Charleston Post Courier – ‎Jan 15, 2017‎
The nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education has reignited the age-old battle over education policy. The heat is already intense not just because it involves the future of our children but also because a lot of money is at stake

Huizenga defends Betsy DeVos’ nomination

WHTC – ‎Jan 16, 2017‎
WASHINGTON, DC (WHTC) – President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Education will begin confirmation hearings on Tuesday, January 17. Holland Michigan native Betsy DeVos has received criticism from The National Education …

Who’s Afraid of Betsy DeVos?

Wall Street Journal – ‎Jan 13, 2017‎
Democrats are searching for a cabinet nominee to defeat, and it’s telling that progressive enemy number one is Betsy DeVos. Donald Trump’s choice to run the Education Department has committed the unpardonable sin of devoting much of her fortune to …

Six Reasons To Oppose Betsy DeVos

Huffington Post – ‎Jan 14, 2017‎
Senate hearings on Herr Trump’s cabinet picks are coming up soon, and you should be calling your Senator. Regardless of your political leanings, there are many good reasons for opposing Betsy DeVos as a Secretary of Education. 1) No experience with …

The Latest: DeVos to push for school choice, ‘great’ schools

News Sentinel – ‎11 minutes ago‎
Republican donor Betsy DeVos says she will push for school choice and advocate for “great” public schools if confirmed as education secretary. DeVos’ confirmation hearing is set for later Tuesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions …

American Federation Of Teachers President On Education Secretary Pick Betsy DeVos

Here And Now – ‎15 minutes ago‎
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten speaks about education, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at the National Press Club in Washington. (Cliff Owen/AP). The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for …

DeVos to Face Hard Questions on Education

CBN News – ‎38 minutes ago‎
Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy Devos, will face questions Tuesday in her Senate confirmation hearing, especially by Democrats and advocates of the education establishment.. DeVos is widely expected to push for expanding school …

New Ad Exposes Randi Weingarten

Center for Union Facts – ‎1 hour ago‎
Union bosses like Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, are attacking Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos for supporting education reform. On Tuesday, the Center for Union Facts hit back with a full-page …

U.S. Lawmakers to Address Washington School Children

Digital Journal – ‎21 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON–(Business Wire)–More than 250 students will join Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Luke Messer, and House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Rep. Virginia Foxx at a rally for school choice at the U.S. Capitol. The event will take place …

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