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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/07/2017 07:53 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/07/2017 07:53 PM
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Betsy DeVos Becomes Education Secretary Without Mandate According To NEA

Washington, DC...Despite nationwide public outcry over the nomination of Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Senate today approved the controversial pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Weeks’ long resistance followed by two high-profile Republican senators who announced their opposition to DeVos almost sank her chances of becoming the next education secretary.

Educators across the nation spearheaded the opposition initially but the chorus against her nomination quickly mushroomed and took on a life of its own immediately following her confirmation hearing. NEA’s historic campaign rallied parents, students, educators, civil rights groups, and other public education advocates—both Republicans and Democrats—to email more than one million letters and make more than 80,000 phone calls to senators in Washington and flooded their offices back home. DeVos also failed to convince key Republican Senators that she was ready to do the job for which she was nominated. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) broke ranks with their own party and voted against DeVos.

From NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

“Americans across the nation drove a bipartisan repudiation of the Trump-DeVos agenda for students and public education. Today’s outcome marks only the beginning of the resistance. Students, educators, parents, civil rights and special education advocates—along with millions of Americans—are speaking loud and clear: we are here to stay…we will protect public education.

“No other Trump cabinet nominee garnered the level of public opposition as Betsy DeVos and no other time in our nation’s history has a Vice President of the United States stepped in to cast the deciding vote on a nomination. More to the point, no nominee has united Republicans and Democrats the way DeVos has.

“The level of energy is palpable. We are going to watch what Betsy DeVos does. And we are going to hold her accountable for the actions and decisions she makes on behalf of the more than 50 million students in our nation’s public schools.

“America is speaking out. Betsy DeVos needs to listen. The hundreds of thunderous rallies, the flood of phone calls, and the deluge of millions of emails in opposition to the DeVos’ nomination deny the Trump administration a mandate to take over our public schools.

“We thank the senators—Republicans and Democrats—who said no to Betsy DeVos, and, instead, listened to the voices of students, parents, and educators. We look forward to working with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to continue to protect and strengthen our public schools and to ensure equal access to a quality public education for all students no matter their ZIP code.”

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The National Education Association ( is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-07 20:17:21   By: Anonymous
Yet now she is in!

Liberal teachers, lazy, crybabies. We are tired of our children being common core mind altered sheep from the hands of San Fran idiots.

I want my tax money to go where my kid goes to school.

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    Posted on: 2017-02-07 20:22:11   By: Anonymous
    We have great teachers here! Please don't lump them in with big city teachers

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      Posted on: 2017-02-07 20:40:57   By: Anonymous
      Yea, get a goot edimacation dumi

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        Students are screwed
        Posted on: 2017-02-08 11:20:04   By: Anonymous
        Well, the good thing is that now private schools are going to be iuntegrated... misegenation! Watch the rich Repubes move to homeschooling. Gotta keep the urbans away from those kids, y'all!

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      Posted on: 2017-02-08 07:02:53   By: Anonymous
      i'd like to give her another pearl necklace.

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    Posted on: 2017-02-08 07:33:31   By: Anonymous
    The tax code is a false joke. You have been had my brother. Your income tax does nothing but feed wars.

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      Posted on: 2017-02-08 08:38:43   By: Anonymous
      16% of it does anyway. And your comment shows you why some of us want our children to learn, not just parrot progressive facts.

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    Re: Tax $s for School
    Posted on: 2017-02-08 08:11:31   By: Anonymous
    I don't that under DeVos your wish will come true. Charter schools are 'private'. Your tax $s will continue to support public education not charter schools. She's not about where your tax $s are spent. She's about privatization of public education.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-07 21:00:57   By: Anonymous
Another swamp monster joins the trumpkins.

When is the furer going to address the thousands of veterans who commit suicide? Shouldn't that be his top priority?

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    Re: furer
    Posted on: 2017-02-07 21:57:21   By: Anonymous
    Try again.

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    Posted on: 2017-02-08 04:37:56   By: Anonymous
    Oh, the ones who did under Obama? That is really sad, and still is, especially how long it takes some to see a Dr The President can't fix everything in one day you know, as compared the last one couldn't fix it under 8 years. Hopefully things will start to get fixed......but we have a problem Houston. The Democrats are acting like little babies again, they don't remember the old saying
    "Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!"
    Our Politicians don't care about the people, sadly, just themselves.

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    Posted on: 2017-02-08 07:42:50   By: Anonymous
    All the people Trump has manipulated to get into office will be the ones he hurts the most. Enjoy while you can dear Patrons of foolishness. All of the vets are being poisoned used and abused by this sick twisted government. Believe me no government will ever help the veterans. Why because if they are healthy and awake they will tell the truth about our Country and the horrible wars we lead our children into. The vets no the truth that is why they are made to suffer. Same with Teachers and doctors. They have to be lied to and manipulated into keeping their mouth shut. Vets teachers doctors no the truth but will never say it because they are afraid of loosing what little bit they have. This dead sick government is over and they know it. That's why they are pulling out the big guns. The children are going to wake up and deal with this diseas appropriately

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    Re: Vets
    Posted on: 2017-02-08 08:17:21   By: Anonymous
    Isn't it too late to help them if they have committed suicide?

    If Trump's actions to date reflect the future, military persons won't need to worry about coming home. Trump will bomb them on the ground and they will be killed by their own country (e.g., Yemen).

    He says the vast majority of the military voted for him. This could be another #AlternativeFact or it could be true. If is true, then like most of the rest of the Trump supporters, vets too were bamboozled by the Trump rhetoric: freezing government hiring hurts vets because they get first option at most govt jobs.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-08 04:31:54   By: Anonymous

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    Re: 10inch
    Posted on: 2017-02-08 08:04:15   By: Anonymous
    You probably feel that way about any woman not wearing a moo moo,
    She is not that hot, you poor deprived soul, look in a mirror puffy eyes
    She wouldn't give you the time of day!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-08 06:14:36   By: Anonymous
Screw the NEA. The department of indoctrination should be dismantled.

Return education to local control. Along with the property taxes that pay for it. Vouchers for all, let schools compete for students. End the deliberate dumbing down of America.

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    Posted on: 2017-02-08 08:40:37   By: Anonymous
    I'll second that.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-08 06:40:23   By: Anonymous
California schools are a teddy 42nd in the US with a C- rating.

Test scores have been falling and yet graduation rates climbing.

Maybe it's time for an outsider to turn things around. Time to do something besides pretending all is great with our education system.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-08 07:06:17   By: Anonymous
This is like getting a 2nd doctor's opinion from the lady who does nails.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-08 07:52:58   By: Anonymous
I wonder how many Trump supporters believe the provided pic is of Betsy Devos. Probably none. As they don't read only react.

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    Posted on: 2017-02-08 08:23:51   By: Anonymous
    Hmmm, you are right, probably no Trump supporters think it is a pic of Devos, because it is not. You, on the other hand, do seem to be reacting instead of reading. Are you a Hillary supporter?

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      Posted on: 2017-02-08 08:53:50   By: Anonymous
      YOU GO GIRL! Show the CTA that you will not take any of their crap and put them in their place. Some of these teachers have an attitude that needs to be adjusted.

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Propaganda machine
Posted on: 2017-02-08 08:52:34   By: Anonymous
Putting teachers in charge of the education system is like putting prisoners in charge of the prison.

DeVos' appointment is a good move to liberate the the kids from propaganda machine pubic education has become under the teacher's unions and the far left.

Read Howard Zinn's imaginary history text books to see what our education system has become.

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Voss vote
Posted on: 2017-02-08 09:04:06   By: Anonymous
Where can we get a list of individual reps and senaters vote?

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    Re: Voss vote
    Posted on: 2017-02-08 11:20:35   By: Anonymous
    I didn't know the POTUS was in town...

    I didn't know the POTUS was in town...

    I didn't know the POTUS was in town...

    I didn't know the POTUS was in town...

    I didn't know the POTUS was in town...

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