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Betsy DeVos’ hometown shows exactly what her education budget will produce — a return to segregation

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School choice policies championed by Betsy DeVos in Michigan have resulted in segregation — especially in her hometown.

The education secretary promoted school choice policies for two decades as a conservative activist and Republican campaign donor, and the billionaire was behind the inter-district choice policy that disrupted neighborhood attendance zones starting in 2000, reported AlterNet.

Under that policy, white families have fled their residential districts for less-diverse schools, especially in Holland, where DeVos is from.

Her first budget as education secretary promotes the same policy by diverting $1 billion in Title I dollars from poor children to a new grant program for school districts that agree to allow students to choose their public school.

DeVos says school choice keeps poor children from becoming trapped in struggling schools, but the reality is that wealthier white students flee diverse schools — taking tax dollars with them.

In Holland, where DeVos and her family live, white enrollment has dropped more than 60 percent since Michigan adopted the school choice policy she’s pushing nationwide.

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Students have left the city’s public school system for charter schools or nearby districts with a higher percentage of white students.

The students who are left behind are majority Hispanic and overwhelmingly poor, and the school district has been starved of resources when taxpayer funding follows the white students to other schools.

When neighborhood attendance zones were disrupted at the turn of century, Holland had 15 schools, but that number has dwindled to eight — and only two of those are elementary schools.

About 400 students rejected Holland schools for Black River Public School, a charter school about a mile away that is 75 percent white, and more than 250 others travel a bit further away to Zeeland or Hamilton to attend schools that are more than 80 percent white.

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Self-preservation fuels the Democratic base’s lurch to the left — before the rich take it all

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In 2016 all the corporate news media outlets, NPR included, predicted that Trump would lose. They just did not recognize the discontent in America’s rust belt because the economic dislocation that had, and continues to define life there, was just not part of their personal frame of reference.

They thought the country was several years into a recovery and the national aggregate unemployment data they had commissioned confirmed it. But nobody lives or votes in the aggregate. And it wasn’t until Trump flipped the 200 counties that Obama had carried twice, that the corporate news media started paying some attention.

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Experts discuss the distorted impeachment debate at a propaganda forum — and how real debate can untangle it

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“Would you be upset if the Democratic nominee called on China to help in the next presidential election?” That’s the concrete question we should ask ourselves about Robert Mueller's report and the issue of impeachment, according to University of California, Santa Cruz, social psychologist Anthony Pratkanis, speaking at a recent Zócalo Public Square event, “Is Propaganda Keeping Americans From Thinking for Themselves?

This was a week before President Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, apparently welcoming foreign interference in the 2020 election. Impeachment wasn’t the ostensible subject of the event — which also featured Texas A&M historian of rhetoric Jennifer Mercieca and UCLA marketing scholar and psychologist Hal Hershfield — but it was never far from mind.

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GOP leaders in open warfare with Trump’s White House as another government shutdown looms

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According to a report in the Washington Post, GOP leaders are at an impasse with the White House on future budget concerns as President Donald Trump's chief of staff -- which is leading to fears of another government shutdown.

The report states, "GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal."

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