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 04 2017
Indian children died after 'eating lychees on empty stomach'
When their blood sugar level dropped, the body would start to metabolize fatty acids to produce a necessary boost of glucose. With an already low level of glucose in the morning, eating fallen lychees was fatal.
Feb 04 2017
Scramble to replace Tigerair Bali flights
Holidaymakers' plans have been thrown into chaos once again as Tigerair temporarily suspended flights to and from Bali. Tigerair Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VUB at Cairns Airport after operating TT582 on February 1.
Feb 03 2017
Lady Gaga Featured in Tiffany & Co.'s First Super Bowl Commercial
Gaga topped her entire look off with cool mid-calf blue booties with a chunky red heel - she looked like Uncle Sam. Her large spectacle was incredibly hyped as her shows are often over-the-top and intricate.
Feb 03 2017
Facebook Revenues Soar As Its Nears 2 Billion Users
And 1.74 billion of Facebook's 1.86 billion monthly active users were on mobile devices for at least some of their visits. However, many analysts have raised concerns about Facebook's ability to meet its own targets it sets every quarter.
Feb 01 2017
Sen. King 'Concerned' by Trump's National Security Council Changes
Bush and a related 2009 memo by President Barack Obama, and argued the relevant passages were virtually the same. In making his point, he presented a related 2001 memo by President George W.
Feb 01 2017
Eurozone GDP growth beats expectations as inflation edges up and unemployment falls
While here at home, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7.1%, down from 7.2% in December 2016. Although it was slightly down from the previous year's two per cent, the figure beat forecasts of 1.6 per cent.
Feb 01 2017
Korea agree to strengthen defense against N. Korean threat
The two allies previous year announced the plan to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea. US President Donald Trump has reiterated the country's ironclad commitment to defend South Korea, the White House said.
Feb 01 2017
Trump's Controversial Education Pick Betsy DeVos Barely Clears Senate Hurdle
She also said that Democrats haven't been given time to ask follow-up questions and that some of her responses may be inadequate. Media reports indicate it's unlikely an attempt to block DeVos' appointment would be successful. "I haven't heard otherwise".
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.
Jan 31 2017
Apple Removes iCloud Activation Lock Status Page for Reasons Unknown
An alternative way to find out if an iOS device is Activation Locked without having the product in your possession is not given. It's possibly that Apple has been getting far more of these complaints and chose to disable the service once and for all.
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