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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Fight For Education

Education In The News 2017

Tuition Hike on Higher Education

The affordability of a college degree has eroded noticeably and significantly over recent years.

Source: Bloomberg

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. The act was meant to ensure that poor and minority students get their fair share of state and local education funding. On Wednesday, Politico reports the Education Department under President Trump withdrew proposed regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

In The News | Southern California | Thursday University of California system approves first tuition increase in 7 years leading to protests by UC students.

U.S. Department of Education

American History | History of the Role of the Federal Government in Public Education: Timeline by LWV (League of Women Voters)

“Through federal action, education has been encouraged and financially supported from the first Northwest Ordinance in 1785 to the present. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution granted Congress the power to lay and collect taxes to provide for the general welfare of the United States. It is under this “general welfare” clause that the federal government has assumed the power to initiate educational activity in its own right and to participate jointly with states, agencies and individuals in educational activities.”

Mounting opposition continues against the president elects choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos

“The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, says that more than 1 million people have used an online form during the past three weeks to email their senators to urge opposition to Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for education secretary. More than 40,000 people have called senators using a hotline the union set up to access the switchboard at the U.S. Capitol, NEA officials said.”-  Washington Post  

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