Category: Education Foundation

Hey, Higher Education: You’re On Mute

Higher education has been on the decline in an oddly quiet way. With enrollments down 10 consecutive years, state funding below 2008 levels, and public support eroding considerably, it’s almost as if higher education is on mute. How could it be that such a precious institution – embedded in the American Dream and long the envy of the world – is seemingly shriveling away? One explanation is that – as a collective – higher education has been unable to organize itself in a clear and coherent manner to make the most

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Elizabeth Warren Called Betsy DeVos the “Worst Secretary of Education Ever” in Scathing Send-Off

Betsy DeVos and Elizabeth Warren
Betsy DeVos and Elizabeth Warren

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On Thursday, January 7th, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation in response to the riot in the Capitol spearheaded by supporters of President Donald Trump. She, like other cabinet members and members of the Senate and House, pegged President Trump as the direct cause for the attack, which resulted in five deaths and destruction of Capitol Hill, however Democrat Congresspeople, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, aren’t about to make DeVos a hero for distancing herself from Trump a mere 12 days before he leaves office.


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Here are the White House resignations triggered by Trump’s incitement of this week’s mob violence

The White House is lit in pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month on Oct. 9.
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They stuck with President Trump through Charlottesville, Helsinki and Lafayette Square. They defended him through the Russian investigation and his impeachment. But now, with two weeks left in his term, some of Trump’s loyalists are quitting his administration.

Here’s a look at who has left so far, and we’ll be updating this page if more people resign.

Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

DeVos has led the Department of Education since the beginning of Trump’s term. She announced her resignation Thursday.

In a letter to the president

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Ease mandates on some tests

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi high school students will take end-of-course exams and third graders will take mandated reading assessments this spring, state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright told lawmakers Wednesday.

But, she said, the state should waive the requirement that students pass those tests because school routines have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I do believe this needs to be a year of grace for our schools,” Wright told members of the Senate Education Committee.

Under a Mississippi law that’s been in place several years, students are required to pass a reading assessment at the end of third

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UK ‘cannot duck’ post-Covid inequalities, report warns

The UK “cannot duck” tackling inequalities of health, ethnicity, education and jobs post-Covid, a major review has warned.

The report’s chairman, Nobel laureate Sir Angus Deaton, says a lot of work to repair and rebuild the damage will be needed after the pandemic.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Deaton Review of Inequalities warned the fabric of society was under threat.

Launched 18 months ago, the review says Covid-19 worsened existing problems.

The review says there is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle the disadvantages faced by many that this pandemic has so devastatingly exposed”.

“We now face a set of

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