Tag: Education

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Struggles On 60 Minutes

In an interview on 60 Minutes Sunday night, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said arming “capable” teachers “should be an option for states and communities to consider,” insisted there is a “sense of urgency” in the school shootings task force she will chair, seemed to equate false sexual assault accusations at colleges with actual rapes and…

WATCH President Obama’s First Public Speech Since He Left Office VIDEO

Watch Barack Obama first formal public appearance since leaving the White House, he said Monday that partisanship and special interests have poisoned the political process and hindered the search for solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems. Speaking inside a University of Chicago auditorium to about 400 people, the former president said that the focus…

8 Year Old, Teacher Dead After Shooting At San Bernardino School

An 8-year-old student and his teacher were shot and killed when the teacher’s estranged husband entered her classroom at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California, Monday morning and opened fire. San Bernardino Police say Cedric Anderson, 53, checked in with school authorities under the guise of having to drop something off for Karen…

Judge Approves $25-Million Agreement To Settle Trump University Lawsuit

A judge on Friday approved an agreement reached with President Trump to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits filed against him over Trump University real estate seminars, US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego had been expected to sign off on the agreement, which was reached last year, ending nearly seven years of…

Canada School Board: No More U.S. Travel

The Toronto District School Board, the largest in Canada, has decided to no longer book trips to the United States because it fears students might have issues at the border due to travel restrictions enacted by President Trump’s administration. “We just can’t have trips going across the border and a student for no legitimate reason…

Flights, School Canceled As Winter Storm Hits Northeast

Airlines canceled thousands of flights on Monday as the Northeast braced for a fast-moving winter storm expected to hit parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut with up to two feet of snow by early Wednesday. The storm, Stella, began hitting the East Coast from Washington, D.C., to New York with ice and…

Statue of Liberty Goes Dark on Eve of Women’s Protest

The Statue of Liberty experienced an “unplanned outage” late Tuesday night, leaving only the flame and crown lit just hours before the nationwide “A Day Without Women” protest. The blackout began around 10 p.m. ET. National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis attributed the blackout to a project for a new emergency backup generator as part…

Trump Refuses To Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Trump tweeted Saturday evening that he will break with decades of tradition to skip the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which is scheduled for April 29. “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” he wrote. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” The White House Correspondents’ Association…

Trump Rolls Back Protections For Transgender Students

The Trump administration on Wednesday rescinded Obama-era anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. President Trump overruled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ concerns about the move. The Obama administration had ordered schools to let transgender students use public school restrooms corresponding to their gender identity, and Democrats immediately criticized Trump for rolling back the policy. “No student should…

Intelligence Agencies To ‘Go Nuclear’ On Trump ‘Watch Him Die In Prison’

U.S. national security officials are reportedly ready to “go nuclear” after President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the intelligence community. In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump insisted that the “real scandal” was not that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his contact with Russia. Instead, the president blasted what…

Trump Picks Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced attorney Alexander Acosta as his next labor secretary pick, just one day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his bid over controversies seen as likely to upend his confirmation. Acosta, who is Latino, is an attorney who has served in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, and is the…

Trump: Flynn Was ‘Just Doing His Job’

President Donald Trump on Thursday said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “just doing his job” when he reportedly spoke numerous times with Russia’s ambassador about the sanctions levied on the country by the Obama administration, and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations. The president gave contradictory messages about Flynn, saying…

Pence Casts Vote To Confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

Regardless the attemps by Democrats in the final hours, the U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education. DeVos’ nomination faced fierce opposition from Democrats, and two Republican senators—Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine—had previously said they would vote against DeVos. After those GOP defections,…

US Senate To Vote On DeVos Nomination

The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on President Trump’s education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos. Democrats made a last-ditch effort to hold the floor for 24 hours as they tried to persuade a third Republican to join them in opposition to DeVos to break what appeared to be a 50-50 tie. Barring another defection, Vice…

Trump Threatens Funds Cut After UC Berkeley Protest

The University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday canceled a scheduled speech by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos after violent protests erupted. “The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise nonviolent protest,” UC Berkeley said in a statement. Fires were lit and firebombs were set…

Oscars 2017: Check The Full List Of Academy Awards Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed all the nominees for this year’s 89th Academy Awards via live stream, featuring Academy members including __ Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman__, and Ken Watanabe, as well as Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Read below all the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards,…

Trevor Noah: Someone Give A Red Bull To Ben Carson [VIDEO]

“How can you stand this guy,” Noah said. “Chastising victims of a shooting for what you assume was their cowardice is what most normal candidates would consider a gaff. But I will admit, Ben Carson does practice what he preaches, because even though the media kept taking shots at him, he kept charging into those…

Pakistan Arrests Militants Attackers Of Malala Yousafzai

According to Pakistan’s army, the group of Taliban militants who were behind the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in 2012 have been arrested. Until now, not a single person had been arrested. According to the army’s press officer, 10 attackers have been identified and arrested. Malala is now based in Britain, but is not able to…

Co-champions declared in National Spelling Bee

Co-champions declared in National Spelling Bee “Sdrucciola.” “Augenphilologie.” The last two competitors on stage at the Scripps National Spelling Bee fought each other with big words — one letter at a time — but in the end, camaraderie was the word of the day as the two teenagers became co-champions. “It’s a dream come true,”…

A TED-Ed Animation Explaining the World Wide Web [VIDEO]

What is the world wide web? A recent TED-Ed animated lecture, based on a lesson by educator Twila Camp, explains what exactly the World Wide Web is, how it is different from the Internet, and a number of nuances about the Web like hyperlinks. The World Wide Web is used every day by millions of…

Chicago Public Schools Expected To Announce Closing Of 50 Schools

Chicago Public Schools Expected To Announce Closing Of 50 Schools As the school year started in September, officials were looking at closing 80 to 120 schools, sources said. In December, CPS officials said utilization would be the only factor considered for closing schools, reporting at the time that 330 of its 681 schools were underenrolled.…

Sandy Hook Kids Face 1st Classes Since Shooting

Classes resumed Thursday for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School for the first time since last month’s massacre in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators. With their original school still being treated as a crime scene, the more than 400 students are attending classes at a refurbished school in the…