Congress rejects Betsy DeVos’ education agenda

Congress’ spending bill demolishes many of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ budget priorities and proposals. The bill rejects many of her proposed cuts for the department, and instead allocates more money to the Office for Civil Rights, preserves funding for before and after school programs, and keeps in place a grant program that helps provide school-based mental health … [Read more...]

Labor Department scrubbed analysis that said its proposal would rob billions from workers

The Department of Labor decided to scrub an analysis from its proposal affecting tipped workers after it found workers would be robbed of billions of dollars, according to former and current department sources who spoke to Bloomberg Law. In December, the Labor Department proposed a rule that rescinded portions of Obama-administration tip regulations and would allow employers who pay the minimum … [Read more...]

Betsy DeVos announces changes to loan forgiveness that hurt defrauded students

Students who were defrauded by for-profit colleges and have jobs will find it more challenging to get debt relief, thanks to a new decision by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. On Wednesday, DeVos announced changes to how the department decides how much students get for debt relief. The decision will affect 20,000 pending claims from students who were the victims of schools that convinced them to … [Read more...]

Our cultural conversation about sexual violence has excluded LGBTQ survivors

It’s been more than two months since news broke about sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. But still, much of the discussion around how to prevent sexual violence revolves around the same people: cisgender straight male perpetrators and (usually white) cisgender straight female victims. There have been reports of harassment and sexual assault allegations that … [Read more...]

New York courts consider policy to stop judges from discriminating against trans people

The New York state court system is considering an amendment that would add gender identity and gender expression to the court’s nondiscrimination policies. Nondiscrimination policies for judges, lawyers, court officers, and others in the court system already include sexual orientation, but the co-chairs of the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York Courts, appeals Justices … [Read more...]

House votes to dismantle key Dodd-Frank regulations

Experts are worried this could cause the next financial crisis.Trader Daniel Leporin, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, May 17, 2017. CREDIT: AP/Richard DrewThe House overwhelmingly voted on Thursday to kill 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations. The Financial Choice Act, introduced by House Financial Services Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), would weaken the ability of … [Read more...]

Lawmakers finally rejected Sam Brownback’s bad economic policies

“I think a lot of people saw the state was not going to pull out of this decline.”Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks to the legislature in Topeka, Kansas, Jan. 12, 2016. CREDIT: AP/Orlin WagnerKansas is in a fiscal crisis. Lawmakers have to close an over $300 million deficit by this month. Infrastructure spending has been put on hold, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled that public schools aren’t … [Read more...]

Department of Justice has trouble hiring qualified people after Comey firing

The president’s decision to fire Comey is not helping the Justice Department’s search for US attorneys.President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. military troops at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Sigonella, Italy. CREDIT: AP/Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey has set back efforts to hire well-qualified people for key Justice Department … [Read more...]

It’s common for university faculty to survive sexual harassment complaints

Fear of a lawsuit, stronger bonds with an employee, and lack of university transparency all play a role.Tyann Sorrell listens to speakers at a news conference on the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. A legal settlement has been reached between the University of California, Berkeley, the former law school dean, Sujit Choudhry, and his former assistant, Sorrell, who said Choudhry … [Read more...]

Trump’s ‘draconian’ budget devastates rural communities already hanging by a thread

The White House wants to cut programs that are critical to sparsely populated areas.Weeds grow around an old building and picket fence in Rocky Ford, Colo., on July 1, 2016. Otero County is a rural and increasingly impoverished part of southern Colorado. CREDIT: Brennan LinsleyPresident Donald Trump’s proposal for the federal budget, released on Thursday, targets a number of agencies and programs … [Read more...]

New polling shows Americans want answers on Russia

While the White House calls it a distraction.Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the National Association of Attorneys General annual winter meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Washington. CREDIT: AP/Alex BrandonThe White House has called allegations that members of Trump’s team colluded with the Russian government a distraction from issues Americans really care about.But recent polling shows … [Read more...]

Education policy was MIA in Betsy DeVos’ first speech as Education Secretary

She also made a bear joke.President-elect Donald Trump, left, applauds after his pick for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, right, finishes speaking at a rally at DeltaPlex Arena, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Mich. CREDIT: AP/Andrew HarnikOn Wednesday, Betsy DeVos — who was confirmed as education secretary the day before — gave a speech before the U.S. Department of Education staff that … [Read more...]

Right-wing figures baselessly tie Black Lives Matter to Chicago torture video

Conservatives are using the Chicago kidnapping to argue that the media doesn’t care about violence against white people.In this Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, radio host Glenn Beck speaks during a Tea Party rally against the Iran deal on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington. CREDIT: AP/Jacquelyn MartinA mix of conservatives and white supremacist leaders are attempting to tie the … [Read more...]

John Kasich’s anti-abortion bait and switch

More extreme abortion bans distract from anti-abortion lawmakers’ real strategy.A room formally used as an examination room for abortions is seen at Choice Clinic, formerly Whole Woman’s Health Clinic, Monday, June 27, 2016, in Austin, Texas. CREDIT: AP/Eric GayOhio Gov. John Kasich vetoed a bill that would ban abortion at six weeks on Tuesday. On the same day, he signed a 20-week abortion ban … [Read more...]

Schools are still using corporal punishment

More than one third of students who experienced corporal punishment were black.Education Secretary John King speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. CREDIT: AP/Susan WalshCorporal punishment, such as paddling and hitting students, may seem like a thing of the past, but many schools still continue the practice. U.S. Secretary of Education John … [Read more...]

This is racism.

Let’s call this what it is.Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump react as they watch the election results during Trump’s election night rally, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in New York. CREDIT: AP/John LocherDonald Trump won the presidency last night. Many voters were stunned, after the media overwhelmingly predicted a Clinton win and Trump began to look desperate, sending a lawyer … [Read more...]

Black students say American University isn’t listening to them

Students of color say the “banana incident” is reflective of larger campus culture.American Univesity CREDIT: NELL HAYNESAmerican University students want the administration to do more to improve the campus climate for students of color — and say that school officials aren’t taking their concerns seriously enough.On Monday, hundreds of people — including American University students, American … [Read more...]

Student Suspended For Sexual Assault Complaint Argues The College Practiced ‘Anti-Male Bias’

This Columbia University student, who was disciplined for sexual assault, is arguing that he is the victim of "anti-male bias." The post Student Suspended For Sexual Assault Complaint Argues The College Practiced ‘Anti-Male Bias’ appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]