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Betsy DeVos Unveils Federalized School Choice Plan

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled a plan Thursday that would provide $5 billion to federalize school choice by setting up a nationwide federal tax-credit scholarship program.

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Conservative Activists: ‘Great Risk’ in Federalizing School Choice

Conservative parents and education activists are expressing alarm over ostensibly well-intentioned school choice legislation that seeks to ensure families of children in private schools, religious schools, and homeschools receive the same tax advantages as those of public school children.

Autumn Watson does her homework in her dining room in Centreville, Maryland after class at Centreville Elementary on April 30, 2013.

Rep. Thomas Massie Reintroduces Bill to Abolish Education Department

“The bill states, ‘The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2020,’” wrote the congressman. “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn.”

Christian Buzzerd, a teacher at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland, helps a pupil write in cursive on Octber 15, 2013.

Google Partners with Federal Education Department to Mine Private Student Data

“It doesn’t take undercover investigative journalists to unmask the massive privacy invasion enabled by educational technology and federal mandates,” conservative author and CRTV host Michelle Malkin wrote at National Reviewin April. “The kiddie data heist is happening out in the open — with Washington politicians and bureaucrats as brazen co-conspirators.”

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DeVos Education Department ‘Strongarms’ Utah Parents

A grassroots parent organizer in Utah says her state is a good example of how Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education is still forcing states to comply with federal mandates that go against the wishes of parents and elected officials.

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, sixth grade teacher Carrie Young guides her students through an exercise on their laptops as practice for the the Common Core State Standards Test in her classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. On Tuesday, Ohio becomes the first state to …

Trump Administration Proposes Merging Education and Labor Departments

“Rather than equip an individual to pursue whatever goal he sets for himself as part of his God-given freedom, this is, instead, the German model being pushed by misguided business interests and some state interests,” she explained. “As a result, the type of education an individual would receive would be influenced by crony corporations dictating to schools the skills needed for future workers.”

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Like Common Core, Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities Has Backfired

“What stands out in the report is the appalling level of violence in schools: 789,000 physical attacks, 2,200 attacks with firearms or explosives, 10,000 sexual assaults, etc.,” Kirsanow notes. “The galactically misguided Obama guidance needs to be rescinded immediately before the violence increases even more.”

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DeVos to Striking Teachers: ‘Serve the Students’

“I think about the kids,” the secretary said, reports the Dallas News. “I think we need to stay focused on what’s right for kids. And I hope that adults would keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place, and serve the students that are there to be served.”

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Teacher Who Claimed Common Core Necessary Because of ‘White Privilege’ Arrested

As Breitbart News reported in 2014, during a debate about the Common Core standards education reform at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, Pook claimed to have “helped write the standards,” and said that, as a white male, he has been given “a lot of privilege” that he never earned.

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