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If you care about our public schools and our democracy, beware of Betsy DeVos and her vouchers

If you care about our public schools and our democracy, beware of Betsy DeVos and her vouchers

The confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos provided an inordinate amount of drama: guns and grizzlies, an all-night talkathon on the Senate floor, and Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote — and with good reason. DeVos, now confirmed as secretary of Education, is not just another inexperienced member of the president’s Cabinet. She is an ideologue [...]

February 10, 2017 Saheli Education Comments Off on If you care about our public schools and our democracy, beware of Betsy DeVos and her vouchers

Betsy DeVos made her first visit to a school as education secretary: Howard University

Betsy DeVos made her first visit to a school as education secretary: Howard University

Betsy DeVos, just sworn in as education secretary after Vice President Pence cast a tiebreaking vote in the Senate to confirm her appointment, visited Howard University on Thursday to meet with university leaders. It was her first visit as secretary. On Friday, she visited Jefferson Academy, a public school in Washington, where protesters greeted her [...]

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Budget 2017 Scores Well On Education Goals

Budget 2017 Scores Well On Education Goals

In this article, we jotted down our expectations from the Union Budget 2017-18. As a sequel to this piece, let’s see whether the budget could live up to these expectations. This budget was touted as a crucial one for many reasons. The most important being the time at which it was being presented—right after the [...]

February 6, 2017 Saheli Education Comments Off on Budget 2017 Scores Well On Education Goals

Pence ‘very confident’ education pick Betsy DeVos will be confirmed with his vote

Pence ‘very confident’ education pick Betsy DeVos will be confirmed with his vote

WASHINGTON — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says he fully expects billionaire GOP donor Betsy DeVos will be confirmed as education secretary with his tie-breaking vote. Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Pence says the Trump administration is “very confident” she will take up her Cabinet post soon. Last week, two Republican senators, Susan Collins of [...]

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Senate set to consider, vote on Betsy DeVos as education secretary

Senate set to consider, vote on Betsy DeVos as education secretary

Today is D-Day in Washington — the confirmation debate and vote on Betsy DeVos, one of Donald Trump’s most controversial nominees and the most contested. Despite the assurance of President Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer the confirmation is a cinch, the administration is making a last-ditch push today for DeVos in an email solicitation pleading with [...]

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Education at a Crossroads

Education at a Crossroads

In just a matter of days — perhaps Monday — a decision will be made in Washington affecting the futures of millions of children in low-income communities, and in the very troubled area of race relations in America. An opportunity has arisen — belatedly — that may not come again in this generation. That is [...]

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How Trump’s Immigration Order Is Affecting Higher Education

How Trump’s Immigration Order Is Affecting Higher Education

In the aftermath of the Trump administration’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from a number of Muslim-majority countries to the United States, universities and scholars across the country are grappling with what the restrictions mean for their students—and for scholarship more broadly. Fatemeh Keshavarz is the director of both the School of Languages, Literatures, and [...]

January 30, 2017 Saheli Education Comments Off on How Trump’s Immigration Order Is Affecting Higher Education

Donald Trump travel ban hits scholars and students

Donald Trump travel ban hits scholars and students

An executive order signed by US president Donald Trump late on Friday afternoon immediately barring immigrants and non-immigrant visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US has had immediate effects on scholars and students. More than 17,000 students in the U.S. come from the seven countries affected by the immediate 90-day entry ban: Iran, [...]

January 30, 2017 Saheli Education Comments Off on Donald Trump travel ban hits scholars and students

Residents invited to Walk for Education

Residents invited to Walk for Education

Residents are being encouraged to take part in Dubai Cares’ annual Walk for Education, which will take place on Friday, February 17, at Dubai Creek Park next to Al Garhoud Bridge, Gate 2. This year’s eighth edition of the event is in support of the UAE’s “Year of Giving 2017” and will allow residents and [...]

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Higher Education’s Questionable Equality-of-Opportunity Promise

Higher Education’s Questionable Equality-of-Opportunity Promise

Are colleges engines of upward mobility? The preeminent expert on upward mobility, economist Raj Chetty of Stanford University, has a new paper out that seeks to answer that question. Along with coauthors John Friedman, Emmanuel Saez, Nicholas Turner, and Danny Yagan, Chetty created a one-of-a-kind dataset to track college attendees’ fortunes after they leave school—and [...]

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Almost everyone in Trump’s cabinet has experience with public education—except the education secretary

Almost everyone in Trump’s cabinet has experience with public education—except the education secretary

Among the myriad of objections leveled at Betsy DeVos, US president Donald Trump’s pick to lead American public education, the most stark is the fact that she’s never actually attended a public high school or university. Nor have her four children. The criticism becomes all the sharper when looking at Trump’s overall cabinet, which at [...]

January 25, 2017 Saheli Education Comments Off on Almost everyone in Trump’s cabinet has experience with public education—except the education secretary

TBI Blogs: Here’s How We Can Overhaul India’s Education System to Ensure the Right to Education for Everyone

TBI Blogs: Here’s How We Can Overhaul India’s Education System to Ensure the Right to Education for Everyone

A mass movement is required to arrest the growing educational inequity and falling standards of education in India. Shaheen Mistri, CEO and founder-trustee, Teach For India, explains her vision for transforming the educational sector and helping the country achieve its true potential. On January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India came into effect, securing citizens [...]

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