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Year in Review: Betsy DeVos- Upsetting Leftists, Right and Center

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One of Donald J. Trump’s first acts as President was to employ the first pro-choice, voucher proponent to work in the Department of Education in it’s 40 year history.

“Each student should be measured in the advancement they are making in each subject area”, said Education Secretary Elisabeth Dee “Betsy” DeVos at her May 2017 Senate hearing, in a combative exchange with Sen. Allen Stuart “Al” Franken (D-Minn.),  in this debate between whether students should be measured by growth or proficiency.

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Franken, who is scheduled to resign Friday after numerous sexual harassment allegations, was openly argumentative with Devos, along with other Democrat senators during her confirmation.

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This year Devos has faced such violent opposition to her appearances at public speaking events that she has to have her own security at times.

Devos has stated publically to a group of Homeschool activists with Homeschool Legal Defense League (HSLD), that she would not use her authority to force states or local school districts to adopt federal top-down approaches to education.

That is a reference to Common Core.

Devos is an opponent to Common Core Standards, which is favored by the past Department of Education employees, the powerful National Education Association, Democrat politicians and backed by big money from Bill and Melinda Gates.

According to Scholastic Magazine, proponents of Common Core standards said the curriculums under Common Core will help give teachers what they need to help students reach grade-level proficiency.

Opponents of Common Core, HSLD, say that Common Core prevents personal growth for students and hampers individuality and innovation.

According to Rethinking Schools,  “Common Core standards represent a tighter set of smarter standards focused on developing critical learning skills instead of mastering fragmented bits of knowledge.”

The divide between groups seems to be who sets the standards for what is critical learning skills. DC or parents.

Common Core is widely viewed as causing American public school children to slip down the achievement scale. According to Cato.org, this shows the need for School Choice.

 

Devos is vocal in encouraging school choice and freedom in Homeschooling.  She is also making news by reducing federal spending on education.

On the day the Tax Reform Bill was passed,  Wednesday, came the news that Devos reversed a practice by President Barack H. Obama’s administration of fully forgiving student debt for students.

Under Obama, $550 million in federal student loans canceled in full.

December 19 Devos had a Innovation in Education Summit in DC.  There Devos told attendees that she is looking for a Paradigm shift and a focus on innovation.

“This past summer I was involved in a rethink school trip around the country”, Devos said.  “Great work is being done.  What I found, Government isn’t the best at finding creative solutions, or questioning the status quo”, she said.

Diversity is not being addressed currently, Devos told attendees. “We need to question everything”, she said.

“Success should not be measured by how many dollars were spent in schools, or how many students passed along.  Sucess should be measured by how you are educating each student to meet their potential”, said Devos.

According to the public speeches and innovative summits, Devos is refocusing education from the focus on teachers needs to students needs.

She is refocusing assessment from children being evaluated to teachers being evaluated, and she said at her most recent summit, that DC cannot do much more than bring creative people together from around the country to solve the problems that face education in America.

Devos is returning authority and power over education to parents and States.  She has faced protests which have gotten aggressive.

 

However she has remained hopeful throughout it all that she will usher in changes that will help students, families and taxpayers. A common theme for the Trump administration is the courage to change the DC standards.

And she has outlasted at least one of her opponents in one year.

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‘WHAT A DISASTER:’ Iowa Caucus Results Delayed in Vote Count Catastrophe

The nation is left with more questions than answers on the night of the Iowa Caucus.

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The Iowa Caucus was intended to kick off the Democratic Presidential primary by highlighting candidates with a credible shot of winning the nomination.

Instead, the first-in-the nation caucus seems to be more representative of the Democratic Party’s incompetence, after results for the caucus are delayed for an unforeseen “quality assurance” tabulation process. The development has many election hawks and Democrats howling mad, with many suspecting the DNC is dipping into its bag of old tricks with the hopes of blunting or preventing a Bernie Sanders victory in the caucus.

There are many reports of caucus precinct coordinators being totally ignored when trying to report the results of their local caucuses to the Iowa Democratic Party. At least one caucus organizer was outright hung up on by the party when he called in to report results- while speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer live on air.

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The mass of confusion is being traced to the failure of an app designed to report results. Iowa Democrats simply explained the unusual delay as the result of “inconsistencies,” offering little to no in depth explanation for what seems to be third world election practices.

Although we’re inexplicably left without any vote tallies the night of the election, exit polls and crowd sizes suggest that polling frontrunner Sanders has a strong chance to win. Pete Buttigieg also appears set for a strong second place performance. Sanders expressed confidence in a strong performance when addressing his supporters in the state.

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears slated for an embarrassment, outright failing to advance to the “viable” stage in many precinct and regional caucus. It’s not entirely impossible that Biden finishes fourth in the primary, a surprise development that would leave the candidate many assumed to be an easy frontrunner for the Democratic nomination struggling as he lags to New Hampshire and later primary states.

MSNBC talking heads could be overheard referring to the caucus as a “disaster” in a some capacity in leaked audio.

As of late Monday night, the Iowa Democratic Party is yet to report any vote results, let alone declare a winner. Big League Politics is continuing to monitor the situation.

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