Tag: Americas

DeVos appointee who oversaw America’s student-loan portfolio resigns as Biden education secretary pledges to ease student-debt burden

Mark Brown, the head of the office overseeing the government’s student-loan portfolio, resigned Friday, following calls on the Biden administration to remove Brown, who was appointed by former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. 

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement Friday morning that he’d accepted Brown’s resignation from the post of chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid. In the statement, Cardona also hinted at his priorities for the office and higher education and student debt more broadly. 

“Under my leadership, the Department of Education will work to strengthen college as a reliable pathway to

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Joe Biden is set to pull America’s schools far to the left

Education reformers breathed a sigh of relief when it became clear that President-elect Joe Biden wouldn’t tap a teachers-union leader as his secretary of education, contrary to the post-election rumor mill. Instead, Biden nominated Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona.

Compared to teachers-union leaders, Cardona appears moderate. But Biden’s Department of Education transition team looks as though it came straight off the field of a National Education Association versus American Federation of Teachers softball game. It seems all but certain that on education, Biden will govern to the left of his ex-boss, President Barack Obama.

During the campaign, Biden railed against

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America’s gifted education programs have a race problem. Can it be fixed?

This article about gifted education was produced in partnership with The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. This is part 1 of the series “Gifted Education’s Race Problem.”

BUFFALO, N.Y. — On a crisp day in early March, two elementary school gifted and talented classes worked on activities in two schools, 3 miles and a world apart.

In airy PS 64 Frederick Law Olmsted, in affluent, white north Buffalo, 22 would-be Arctic explorers wrestled with how to build a shelter if their team leader had frostbite and snow blindness. Unusually for Buffalo’s

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Trump Rejects Grappling With America’s Racist Past

President Donald Trump speaks to the media in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Kenosha, Wis., Sept. 1, 2020.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Kenosha, Wis., Sept. 1, 2020.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Kenosha, Wis., Sept. 1, 2020. Credit – Evan Vucci—AP

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At a moment when books about America’s racist history are selling out, and some in the

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Want Proof Racism Still Exists? Try Being Black In America’s Education System.

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Many people still think that racism is no longer a problem in America. After the election of President Obama, academic John McWhorter argued that racism in America is, for all intents and purposes, dead. The prominent conservative scholar and African-American economist Thomas Sowell has argued that “racism isn’t dead, but it is on life support.” Harvard professors William Julius Wilson and Roland Fryer too have argued about the declining significance of race and discrimination.

However, as we wind down the final months of Obama’s presidency, the declining significance of race and discrimination

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