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Portman says he'll be listening to Puzder's answers as he did before he chose to vote for other controversial picks, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and, this week, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. It's a private commodity now. She has no experience in education and supports school vouchers and charter schools. "If not, teachers are stubborn and we're going to do what's best for the kids, and if it means we have to fight back, we'll fight back".

If public school administrators took marching orders from their teachers, parents, local stakeholders and students, they could come up with an effective plan to save their money-soaking schools. Her only official position was as the Chair of the Republican Party in the state of MI, a political job, not anything as distinct and narrow as national education policy. "It's intentional underfunding. And in the meantime, taxpayer money is going to for-profit universities". DeVos was confirmed, despite two Republicans voting against her, thanks to the tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. "We all want to have choices".

State Superintendent Brian Whiston said that although the Michigan Department of Education has to meet federal regulations, under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), unlike the No Child Left Behind Act, state officials are - for the most part - forging their own path. The president told them "America's children will be the winners" with DeVos as his education secretary.

Charter schools are also gaining momentum here in Kentucky. With Republicans in control of both the House and Senate, if Bevin were to propose charter schools it would nearly seem inevitable for Kentucky to embrace them. One example is that less than 10 percent of funding for K-12 schools comes from the federal government.

Bucks beat Pistons 102-89 behind Monroe's double-double
Six of the first eight losses in this skid were by double digits but the last seven are single-digit defeats. He netted 14.1 points-per-game while shooting almost 77 percent from the free throw line.

America's students and teachers deserve so much better than a "pay to play" secretary of education. Instead, they take their marching orders from those who want to keep a broken system just the way it is.

Barrera withdrew his support for the resolution, however, after the teachers' union and some parents and "community partners" objected, says the news report.

What our public school system and the unions should be focusing on is what makes parents choose to opt out of public education and choose an alternative. Among these are her advocacy for charter schools and lack of clarity in responses to issues such as guns in schools and financial aid fraud.

"But there is another way of thinking about it", Jordan said. Students with visual impairments or those who are nonverbal need special technology to help them receive the same education as their peers.

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