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‘It is a scandal’: Former Secretary of Education blasts Biden administration over school closures

Former Secretary of Education Dr. Bill Bennet said Monday “it is a scandal” for many major public schools in the U.S. to continue to be shut down under President Joe Biden’s administration.

“It’s true now that a lot of kids may not see classrooms until September,” Bennett said during an appearance on “America’s Newsroom.” “This is a catastrophe for these kids, and there’s no beating around the bush on this.”

Bennett asserted that the U.S. could have a “lost generation” of children who will suffer academically, socially, and morally if a plan to return them to the classroom is not

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Trump administration tries to hamstring Biden on student loan forgiveness

The Trump administration on Wednesday sought to throw up a bureaucratic roadblock to progressives’ push for the incoming Biden administration to cancel large swaths of outstanding student loan debt through executive action.

Education Department officials released a memo, signed by an outgoing political appointee, that concludes that the agency lacks the power to unilaterally forgive federal student loan debt on the scale that some Democrats want.

The eight-page memo says that “the Secretary does not have statutory authority to provide blanket or mass cancellation, compromise, discharge, or forgiveness of student loan principal balances, and/or to materially modify the repayment amounts

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Betsy Devos tells Department of Education to resist Biden administration

<p>File image: Outgoing education secretary heard asking department to resist Biden administration</p> (REUTERS)

File image: Outgoing education secretary heard asking department to resist Biden administration

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Outgoing education secretary Betsy DeVos has encouraged her staff to “be the resistance” when the new Biden administration takes over in a new leaked recording, according to the US media.

Ms DeVos was speaking at a department-wide virtual meeting on Tuesday about the shift to the new administration. Citing a recording from the meeting, Politico quoted Ms DeVos saying: “Let me leave you with this plea: Resist.

“Be the resistance against forces that will derail you from doing what’s right for students. In everything you do, please

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Betsy DeVos tells Education Department employees to ‘resist’ Biden administration, report says

DETROIT – U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday told Education Department employees to resist changes by the upcoming administration that they believe could hurt students, according to a news report.

The website Politico reported that it obtained a recording of DeVos’ remarks at a virtual meeting with Education Department employees, in which she noted that many of them will remain through the transition as President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

“Let me leave you with this plea: Resist,” DeVos said, according to the report. “Be the resistance against forces that will derail you from doing what’s right for students. In

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Education funding must be a priority for Biden administration

Early headlines suggest that the Biden administration will respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and work with Congress to enact legislation to address significant financial challenges states and local municipalities will face. Public education needs to be part of that key priority, not only because school districts are large employers and consumers of goods within communities but also because the nation’s 50 million public school students require significant investments to address long-standing educational inequities been exacerbated by the pandemic. 

During the recession a decade ago, public education funding cuts disproportionately affected high-poverty school districts. One study found that the nation’s most

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