Feb 05 2017
They wanted Kelly and everyone else to know they oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
This may be especially true in rural states like Collins' Maine and Murkowski's Alaska.
DeVos is a wealthy Republican donor and activist from MI, where she has been a vocal supporter of charter schools and school choice policies.
Even if she is confirmed in what some experts say is the most divisive nomination battle in the department's history, DeVos is off to an uneasy start. They've contacted me by phone, by email, in person. "Alaskans not satisfied that she would uphold federal civil rights laws in schools that receive federal funds".
DeVos' experience in education comes primarily from being a staunch advocate of school choice, pumping money to school choice programs which allow children and parents' greater flexibility over which schools they attend. Over 90 percent of our nation's children attend public schools.
DeVos's lack of experience and understanding of basic educational policy was evident during her January 17 hearings. What is even more remarkable, these charter schools are often housed in the very same buildings, in the very same ghettoes, where students in the regular public schools fail to learn even the basics in English or math.
The President of the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education sent a letter to Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow regarding Betsy DeVos. Jerry Moran (R) to change his mind after he came out in support of DeVos, and in Philadelphia, protesters appeared at the offices of Sen.
Kathy Ballin retired two years ago after a 40-year career in the classroom mostly teaching high school geometry.
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas' senior senator and a Republican, has made clear since mid-January that he supports DeVos.
"She has no background on public education, " said Diane Syphrit, a Hermitage woman who was one of the pickets. "But elections are about the American people's view, and the American people, when they elect a president also believe that he should have a team around him-I think that more than anything else-that is why it is a little surprising that the Democrats are being as hard-over as they are".
"Mrs. DeVos is the product of her experience", Collins said Wednesday, announcing her opposition.
Friday's early morning vote, which was called shortly after 7 a.m. ET, wasn't as narrowly split as the final vote will probably be, with Collins and Murkowski agreeing with Republican colleagues to limit debate - a procedural matter in the case of most nominations, requiring only a majority vote.
Lima Charlie provides global news, insight & analysis by military veterans and service members Worldwide. That left opponents needing only one more Republican vote to block the longtime champion of charter schools and Republican donor. She actually got more than that, over $66,000 from nearly 4,000 people in two days, the website says.
Some of these charter schools - especially those in the chain of the Success Academy schools and the chain of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) schools - operate in low-income, minority neighborhoods in the inner-cities, and turn out graduates who can match the educational performances of students in affluent suburbs.
Feb 03 2017
United States oil exports set to hit all-time high under Trump
The United States, the world's biggest oil consumer, could export at least 800,000 barrels per day ( bpd ), the analysts said. For the last four weeks, stockpiles grew by more than 14 million barrels.
Feb 02 2017
Final Fantasy XV Director Talks VR and Potential PC Port
Performance hiccups made traveling the world, a major element of the game's design, much less enjoyable than it could have been. Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Kitase: "We're still brushing up the scenes we showed you in the trailer".
Feb 01 2017
Walmart Just Gave Shoppers a Big Reason to Drop Amazon
U.S. retail giant Walmart has launched a free two-day shipping service to customers' homes and stores, with no membership fee. Only these members can enjoy free two-day shipping without a minimum purchase, but they do pay $99 a month for that privilege.
Feb 01 2017
Nintendo Officially Ends Wii U Production in Japan
Nintendo is assuming exchange rates of 110 yen to the dollar and 120 yen to the euro, compared with 100 and 115 before. The argument then goes to the stocks of Nintendo and what decisions should be made to keep the business going.
Feb 01 2017
Australia, US agree to deal exempting Australian citizens from travel ban
Mr Turnbull was able to convince Mr Trump of the importance of the 76-year US-Australia alliance. Most of the asylum seekers are Muslims from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Jan 31 2017
Snap will reportedly file publicly for its massive IPO late next week
Snap's main product, Snapchat, has become a sensation with a young demographic with its initial ephemeral messaging product. As reported by Recode , later this week the company is set to publish the registration document that it filed with the U.S.
Jan 31 2017
At State Department, 'Dissent Channel' In High Gear With Refugee Ban Protests
Once a memo is filed in the State Department's dissent channel , staff must acknowledge they have received it within two days. But many in the State Department want to be on record expressing their disagreement with the Trump White House's actions.
Jan 31 2017
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks about Pres. Donald Trump's ban on immigrants
On Sunday , the Department of Homeland Security said it would continue to enforce the administration's executive order. In addition to Syria, the other countries affected by the ban are Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
Jan 30 2017
Spurs Advance After Seven-Goal Thriller
"To be honest, they were much better than us in the first half, full credit to them", conceded Mauricio . Maybe they were lucky with a few extra seconds added, that was about it'.
Jan 30 2017
GM to slash up to 600 jobs in southwestern Ontario, union says
Canadian auto workers are shocked at a General Motors decision to cut 600 jobs at a plant near London, Ontario. GM says it will shift production of the GMC Terrain SUV from a plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to one in Mexico.
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