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Praying Biden wins and maybe he can really clean out the swamp.

We need people in there that know their jobs, not ones that get their pockets filled with money because they are liked.

You are right and the new POTUS will be very busy replacing hundreds of crooks that tRump has appointed.


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Praying Biden wins and maybe he can really clean out the swamp.

We need people in there that know their jobs, not ones that get their pockets filled with money because they are liked.
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Republicans have been attacking education and educators for decades BECAUSE they know the less educated people are, the easier it is for Republicans to rob them with taxscams and kill them with deregulation.

 

DeVos is merely the logical conclusion to this decades long Republican War on Education as part of their drive to redistribute wealth and income from the bottom 90% to the top 10% with the vast majority going to the top 1%.

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ManicProgressive;  No need to lump them in with public schools, which have unique needs and should be protected by government. 

 

 

That's the way it should work, but Betsy DeVos won't miss any opportunity to undermine public schools.


Yup.  I've never seen an Education "professional" who works so hard to undermine the entire system.  But, you know, profit is everything.  Money is God.

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ManicProgressive;  No need to lump them in with public schools, which have unique needs and should be protected by government. 

 

 

That's the way it should work, but Betsy DeVos won't miss any opportunity to undermine public schools.

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This is ridiculous.  I'm on the board of a private school and they were first in line for their Payroll Protection Program FORGIVABLE loan.  They are businesses.   Let them access existing pandemic aid like businesses do.   No need to lump them in with public schools, which have unique needs and should be protected by government. 

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she will force public school superintendents to share coronavirus rescue funds with private schools, some of which are facing ruin.

 

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, defiant amid criticism that she is using the coronavirus to pursue a long-sought agenda, said she would force public school districts to spend a large portion of federal rescue funding on private school students, regardless of income.

 

Ms. DeVos announced the measure in a letter to the Council of Chief State School Officers, which represents state education chiefs, defending her position on how education funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, should be spent.

 

“The CARES Act is a special, pandemic-related appropriation to benefit all American students, teachers and families,” she wrote in the letter on Friday. “There is nothing in the act suggesting Congress intended to discriminate between children based on public or nonpublic school attendance, as you seem to do. The virus affects everyone.”

 

A range of education officials say Ms. DeVos’s guidance would divert millions of dollars from disadvantaged students and force districts starved of tax revenues during an economic crisis to support even the wealthiest private schools. The association representing the nation’s schools superintendents told districts to ignore the guidance, and at least two states — Indiana and Maine — said they would.

Ms. DeVos accused the state education chiefs of having a “reflex to share as little as possible with students and teachers outside of their control,” and said she would draft a rule codifying her position to “resolve any issues in plenty of time for the next school year.” The proposed rule would need to go through a public comment process before it could take effect.

Private school leaders​​​, who serve about 5.7 million of the nation’s children, say they, too, are in crisis. Enrollment and tuition revenues are plunging along with philanthropic donations and church collections that help some religious schools operate. Many of those schools serve low-income students whose parents have fled failing public schools. Private school groups say 30 percent of ​the​ families​ they serve have​ annual incomes below $75,000, and those families are most at-risk without federal aid. ​

“I don’t understand why we have to pick winners and losers when everything we’re asking for is targeted at helping children and families,” said Jennifer Daniels, the associate director for public policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 

Under federal education law, school districts are required to use funding intended for their poorest students to provide “equitable services,” such as tutoring and transportation, for low-income students attending private schools in their districts. But Ms. DeVos maintains the coronavirus rescue law does not limit funding to only poor students, and her guidance would award private schools more services than the law would normally require.

Last week, leaders from education committees in the House and Senate, including Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, said Ms. DeVos’s interpretation was flawed.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/27/us/politics/betsy-devos-coronavirus-private-schools.html?action=c...

 

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