What’s at Stake for Education in the 2020 Election

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Photo credit: Hanna Varady/Getty

From Marie Claire

In regard to education policy in the November 2020 election, from student loan policy and COVID-19 education rules to public versus for-profit schools, much of it comes down to one woman: Betsy DeVos. President Trump’s Secretary of Education, a woman who has been described as “the most unpopular person in our government,” is behind what some pundits describe as the longest-lasting and most seismic legacies of the current administration. In particular, critics have taken aim at DeVos’ policies that work towards defunding and delegitimizing public education.

It’s likely that under another term of President Trump and DeVos, public schools will continue to suffer and lose resources; meanwhile, private, religious, and for-profit institutions are likely to be deregulated and given tools to flourish. Here, some of the most critical issues in regard to education policy, and where the Democratic and Republican candidates stand on

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What’s next after a lay-off? FL hopes you consider trade school

Get There Florida is the department of education initiative with the goal to make Florida No. 1 in workforce education in the next ten years.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — More people are getting back to work again, but thousands are also getting laid off.

If you’ve been thinking about a career change or forced into one, officials with the Florida Department of Education are hoping you’ll consider going to a career and technical college.

Florida’s unemployment numbers are down, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity, but we do not know how many of those jobs are part-time. At Florida State College at Jacksonville, people are hoping the push for trade school will get more people into lasting careers.

“Even as COVID has hit, we have seen an uptick in our career and education tech program,” said FSCJ President Dr. John Avendano.

Get There Florida is the department of education initiative

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The Department Of Education Versus Princeton: What’s At Stake?

Many universities have recently announced plans to address persistent racism in our society and on their campuses. Last week, the Department of Education launched an investigation into one of these, interpreting Princeton’s commitment (as expressed by President Chris Eisgruber) to address the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow as evidence that this institution violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. 

The charge is at best inappropriate. With respect to the laws cited in the Department’s accusation, Princeton is in compliance. Princeton does not exclude or deny people participation in its educational programs on the basis of race, color or national origin. Non-discrimination—the thing to which Princeton and other universities attest—is not the same as eradicating racism, the thing Eisgruber

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What’s behind Trump’s push for ‘patriotic education’?

“The 360” shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories and debates.

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President Trump last week said his administration would be taking action to promote a “pro-American curriculum” in U.S. schools in an effort to counteract what he called “left-wing indoctrination” in education. 

Speaking at the National Archives Museum, Trump said he intends to sign an executive order to create the “1776 Commission” to encourage schools to teach a positive view of American history. The commission’s name appears to be a dig at the 1619 Project, a series of essays published last summer by the New York Times Magazine that argue slavery and racism are foundational elements of American history. Trump also took aim at critical race theory, an academic discipline focused on systemic racism.

In his speech, Trump called these views an “ideological poison” that threatened to erase the “miracle of American history” from U.S. education.

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