Pottsville Republican Herald EDITORIAL / PUBLISHED: JANUARY 18, 2017
But she refuses to promise to maintain funding.
Politico By KIMBERLY HEFLING, MICHAEL STRATFORD, CAITLIN EMMA and BENJAMIN WERMUND 01/17/17 06:03 PM EST Updated 01/17/17 08:45 PM EST
WASHINGTON — Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, weathered an unusually contentious confirmation hearing Tuesday night, where she stumbled over several basic questions about education policy and denied she served on a board of a private foundation that donated to anti-LGBT causes, despite years of tax filings that indicated otherwise. DeVos, a Republican megadonor who has worked for decades to expand school choice, said she would wanted to end “one-size fits all education,” steering taxpayer money away from traditional public schools and into charter schools, as well as private schools, religious schools and online charters. Democrats harped on what they said was DeVos’s history of opposition to gay rights, pointing to donations from DeVos’s family members to anti-LGBT groups. But DeVos, who said she was opposed to discrimination against gay students, tried to distance herself from those donations. In an unusual exchange, she denied sitting on the board of a private foundation, run by her mother, which gave more than $5 million to the evangelical Christian group Focus on the Family. Pressed by Democrats, she later claimed that three years of tax forms that listed her as a vice president of the foundation were a “clerical error.” DeVos’ husband, Richard, also gave $20,000 to a Michigan campaign to ban same-sex marriage in 2004.
Jennifer Lynn and Kevin McCorry discuss Ed. Secretary pick Betsy DeVos
WHYY Newsworks BY JENNIFER LYNN JANUARY 17, 2017
Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, is slated to appear before the Senate this week for a confirmation hearing. DeVos is a fierce advocate for school choice — both in expansion of charter and private school vouchers — and her confirmation could mean a major shift in American education. "To some people DeVos is kind of a lightning rod," said Keystone Crossroad's education reporter Kevin McCorry said. DeVos has been an advocate for charters in Michigan since the 1990s where her pro-charter lobby has curried heavy favor in the state's GOP-dominated house. Devos, married to billionaire Michigan businessman Richard DeVos whose family founded Amway and now owns the NBA's Orlando Magic, has not been the most popular person in Detroit and other urban centers. What DeVos could mean to Pennsylvania schools, particularly those in Philadelphia, remains to be seen. McCorry said it all depends on who is in charge of the state. "Right now, Gov. Tom Wolf's Department of Education, it wouldn't line up at all," McCorry said. "Wolf has been somewhat hostile to the charter sector and has pushed for more investment in more traditional public schools. DeVos comes from a point ideologically where it doesn't matter who is administering it.
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Tuesday, January 24, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Community College of Philadelphia 1700 Spring Garden Street 19130
Bonnell Building (Large Auditorium BG-20) Entrance Between Spring Garden and Callowhill on N. 17th
Councilmembers Helen Gym, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Jannie Blackwell
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JAN 28, 2017 • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Nine Locations Statewide
Jan. 28, 2017 (Snow date: Feb. 11, 2017)
Calling all school board presidents, vice-presidents, and superintendents — Join us for the 3rd Annual PSBA Board Presidents Day held at nine convenient locations around the state.
This is a day of meeting fellow board members from your area and taking part in thought-provoking dialogue about the issues every board faces. PSBA Past President Kathy Swope will start things off with an engaging presentation based on her years as board president at the Lewistown Area School District. Bring your own scenarios to this event to gain perspective from other districts. Cost: $109 per person – includes registration, lunch and materials. All-Access Package applies. Register online by logging in to the Members Area (see the Store/Registration link to view open event registrations, https://www.psba.org/members-area/store-registration/)
Join school directors around the country at the conference designed to give you the tools to advocate successfully on behalf of public education.
- NSBA will help you develop a winning advocacy strategy to help you in Washington, D.C. and at home.
- Attend timely and topical breakout sessions lead by NSBA’s knowledgeable staff and outside experts.
- Expand your advocacy network by swapping best practices, challenges, and successes with other school board members from across the country.
Plan to join public education leaders for networking and learning at the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference, March 25-27 in Denver, CO. General registration is now open at https://www.nsba.org/conference/registration. A conference schedule, including pre-conference workshops, is available on the NSBA website.