Betsy DeVos Sparks Outrage After Likening Being Pro-Choice to Being Pro-Slavery in Speech to Christian Group
The administration of President Donald Trump relies on its white Evangelical base to keep its support consistently hovering around 40 percent.
In keeping with this, President Donald Trump often invokes anti-abortion values he claims to hold dear. He's falsely claimed that Democrats are determined to rip babies from their mothers' wombs and that parents often discuss with their doctors whether or not to keep the baby...after the baby is born.
These claims are patently false, but they rile up the base.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos seems to be playing right along in promoting abortion hysteria, if a recent speech is any indication.
It turns out President Donald Trump isn't the only one willing to create a fake university in order to hurt people seeking their education.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) worked with an accreditation service in creating a fake university during the late years of the Obama administration to lure immigrants legally residing in the U.S. on student visas.. It was staffed with undercover immigration officials posing as university faculty.
Ohio House Passes Bill Allowing Students to Give Technically Wrong Answers if They're Based on Their Religious Beliefs
It's a common Republican talking point that students—especially those in universities—are coddled by their professors, prioritizing students' feelings and strongly-held beliefs over a well-rounded education.
Yet, in a stunning rejection of scientific facts, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 164, or the Student Religious Liberties Act, on Wednesday. The bill allows public school students to give inaccurate answers to scientific questions, as long as their inaccuracies are religiously based.
Betsy DeVos Just Said She Was Glad to be Education Secretary 'Most Days' and Now Everyone's Making the Same Joke
Days after national outcry against her proposed defunding of the Special Olympics and slashes to special education programs, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sat down for a conversation with Jay Nordlinger of the National Review for the publication's annual Ideas Summit.
Nordlinger, after asserting that he was glad DeVos is Education Secretary, asked DeVos if she felt the same.
It's no secret that teachers across America do some of the nation's most important work for some of its most measly pay. Unfortunately, this has been an ongoing trend for decades, but now it may have reached a boiling point as teachers quit at the fastest rate on record.
The Wall Street Journal reports that teachers quit at a rate of 83 departures for every 10,000 teachers per month. While this is lower than the national average of departures due to the noted job stability of teaching, the departures are still the fastest in the 17 years since the statistics started being recorded.
Student Loan Debt in the U.S. Has Hit a New High, and Its Bonkers Rate of Increase Has People Concerned
The national student loan debt has reached a record high at $1.465 trillion, more than doubling its 2009 total of $675 billion at the end of the Great Recession.
The stratospheric amount of debt poses significant risk to the United States Department of Education, which acts as guarantor for over 90% of student loans. Should conditions like low unemployment result in widespread defaults, covering the brunt of that one trillion would be a significant blow to the Department of Education and, subsequently, its budget.
The Texas State Board of Education Just Voted to Remove Hillary Clinton From Its Social Studies Curriculum
Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 nomination was historic, but if members on the Texas Board of Education get their way, it could just be history.
The board convened to change the social studies curriculum across the state to a more "streamlined" format. This included a vote to remove the 2016 Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton from the curriculum of Texas public schools. The decision also sought to remove historical figures like Helen Keller and Barry Goldwater in favor of Moses and the Alamo.