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Betsy DeVos is all smiles as she endorses states’ rights to discriminate against children. Betsy DeVos is loving life right now.

Betsy DeVos is all smiles as she endorses states’ rights to discriminate against children.

In a Wednesday hearing with the House Appropriations subcommittee, the Secretary of Education gleefully defended her school-choice philosophy from Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, who asked DeVos whether charter schools that refuse to admit students of certain demographics would still get federal funding. Secretive Foundation’s Blueprint for Spreading Right-Wing Ideology. Documents Reveal a Powerful, Secretive [...]

Secretive Foundation’s Blueprint for Spreading Right-Wing Ideology

North Carolina millionaire and political operative Art Pope, who received $1.5 million from the Bradley Foundation for two conservative groups he founded. (Photo by Ted Richardson/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) 3 Ways Exponential Technologies are Impacting the Future of Learning – SingularityU – Medium. Exponential Technologies Impact What Needs to be Learned In a 2013 white paper titled Dancing with Robots: Human Skills for Computerized Work, Richard Murnane and Frank Levy argue that in the computer age, the skills which are valuable in the new labor market are significantly different than what they were several decades ago.

3 Ways Exponential Technologies are Impacting the Future of Learning – SingularityU – Medium

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices' : NPR Ed. Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices' : NPR Ed

Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated. How Betsy DeVos Used God and Amway to Take Over Michigan Politics. Who’s Behind the Right-Wing Assault on Public Universities? Who’s Behind the Right-Wing [...]

Who’s Behind the Right-Wing Assault on Public Universities?

Public universities including the University of Virginia are the targets of a new demand that they should be treated as any corporate entity, judged exclusively on its bottom line. (Photo by Stephanie Gross/FTWP) This post originally appeared at The Nation. The conservative movement in the United States has long been wary of higher education. What Could Go Wrong With Asking Teachers To Monitor Kids for ‘Extremist’ Beliefs? Why Preschool Suspensions Still Happen (And How To Stop Them) : NPR Ed. Something's wrong in America's classrooms.

Why Preschool Suspensions Still Happen (And How To Stop Them) : NPR Ed

According to new data from the Education Department, black students — from kindergarten through high school — are 3.8 times more likely to be suspended than white students. Now the really bad news. Upheaval Amid ‘Alarming’ Revelations at William Koch’s Florida School. The former head of school, Robert C.

Upheaval Amid ‘Alarming’ Revelations at William Koch’s Florida School

Parsons, whose official title was president and chief executive, is a former chief financial officer at the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Texas Candidate Who Claimed Obama Was Gay Hooker Loses... AUSTIN, TX -- Texas just let out a collective "whew.

Texas Candidate Who Claimed Obama Was Gay Hooker Loses...

" Mary Lou Bruner, State Board of Education candidate from East Texas, on Tuesday lost the runoff election in the Republican nomination race for the State Board of Education District 9 post. Extremists want to control textbooks - Texas. Mary Lou Bruner (Mary Lou Bruner for State Board of Education) Mary Lou Bruner stood before the Texas State Board of Education in 2010 to talk about textbooks.

Extremists want to control textbooks - Texas

She was concerned, she said during her testimony, that the state’s curriculum was being controlled by outside forces. Her statements were introduced by board member Lawrence Allen (D): “You believe…people from the Middle East are buying, using their dollars, to persuade textbook publishers to put more —” Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD. The War on Reason - Paul Bloom. Aristotle’s definition of man as a rational animal has recently taken quite a beating.

The War on Reason - Paul Bloom

You’re More Ignorant Than You Think You Are. By Steven Mazie. Politically-Challenged: Texas Tech Edition. Poverty Disturbs Children's Brain Development and Academic Performance. Income inequality is growing in the U.S., and the problem is much worse than most people believe. For children, growing up poor hinders brain development and leads to poorer performance in schools, according to a study published this week in JAMA Pediatrics. It has long been known that low socioeconomic status is linked to poorer performance in school, and recent research has linked poverty to smaller brain surface area. The current study bridges these converging lines of evidence by revealing that up to 20 percent of the achievement gap between high- and low-income children may be explained by differences in brain development.

An Interactive Map from EdBuild Shows How School District Funding Enforces Poverty Rates. The upholding of the Fair Housing Act’s “disparate impact” standard was one of many major victories for social justice dispatched by the Supreme Court this June. But the road to equal rights and opportunities remains long and thorny. “Disparate impact” is the notion that housing policies that create “artificial, arbitrary, and unnecessary barriers” for minorities (for example, housing projects that are built only in high-poverty, minority neighborhoods) are a form of discrimination, even if discrimination is not the explicit goal. Therefore, SCOTUS ruled, such policies are unlawful, and can be challenged in court. Yet poor, minority families face another, more literal set of “artificial, arbitrary, and unnecessary barriers” to opportunity, according to EdBuild, a new national nonprofit focusing on public education. Those barriers are school-district boundaries. In the United States, the public school a student attends is still primarily determined by where their family lives.

Public School Teacher Banishes 7-Year-Old Boy For Not Believing in God. On February 23, a group of second graders were playing on the playground at Forest Park Elementary School in Fort Wayne, Ind. It was just before lunch and the children were having a conversation. Success Academy undercover video shows no-excuses discipline at its ugliest.