Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been sued by 19 attorneys general for overturning a rule that protected students from predatory higher education institutions. The rule dated back to the Obama administration and ensured that schools were denied federal funding if their students graduated with disproportionately heavy debt loads and weakened career prospects.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is in the process of writing new rules to expand protections for both students and staff who have been accused of sexual misconduct while protecting the schools and colleges where they work or attend classes. Types of sexual misconduct covered by the proposed new rules include sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape.
"This decision does a disservice to those who have worked hard to address sexual violence. Congress must now act to undo it."
The two rules being reworked by the administration help protect students from shady lending behavior and assist them in finding jobs after college that allow them to pay off their debt.
Betsy DeVos eliminated President Obama's policies to make student loan repayment easier and to prevent student loan recipients from defaulting.
The Trump administration abandoned Obama-era LGBTQ protections. New York wasn't having it.
Republicans are learning that they can't defend the indefensible.
It's just the latest move in Donald Trump's quest to turn back the clock on civil rights in America.
"Do you think ... if your family has not made hundreds of millions of dollars of contributions to the Republican Party, that you would be sitting here today?"
In one choice, Trump managed to abandon yet another campaign promise, while upsetting teachers unions and his most loyal supporters.
There have been more criminal charges filed against Paxton than there have been cases, zero in fact, of transgender people entering restrooms to commit assaults.
"It is appalling that Social Security support is being skimmed to feed into an out-of-control student debt machine."
Carson wants to punish liberal colleges for teaching things he doesn't approve of - "extreme political bias" - otherwise known as facts.
If there is one thing Republicans and the Obama Administration love more than pandering to Wall Street, it is the abject 20-year failure of the charter school industry
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced a budget amendment to increase military spending by 190 billion dollars over the next two years.
Instead of any real measures or support to address the crushing income disparity between the 1% and the rest of the population, Republicans are proposing harsher measures to shift more wealth to the rich at the expense of those who need it most; families with children.
If, as privatization "reformers" in Republican, corporate, and Obama Education Department claim that America's public schools are dire failures, then America's wealthy public schools with unionized teachers, and tenure, would be failing and not at the "top of the international charts."
Now that Republicans control both houses of Congress, Americans should brace themselves for a serious Koch-style assault on revenue and government agencies. Last year, Mitch McConnell told Kansas Governor Sam Brownback that Republicans were panting to enact a Koch-Kansas economic assault on America that Brownback imposed by giving the rich monumental tax breaks at the expense of the state government and residents. At the time, McConnell swooned over Brownback’s trickle-down massacre and told him “It’s exactly what we want to do here in Washington, but we can’t do it yet only controlling the House.” With control of the House and Senate, Republicans can proceed with the same reckless abandon for the government and it is probable that like Kansas, public education is in for some seriously major funding cuts.
Now that Republicans will have control of both houses of Congress, they will start, immediately, passing legislation to revert back to Bush-era economics and undo the economic progress of the past six years.
During a debate with her Democratic opponent, Bruce Braley, Joni Ernst told the audience she is an independent leader, then recited Tea Party talking points on everything from "personhood" amendments to privatization of Social Security.