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‘Freaked out’ teacher blisters Betsy DeVos in open letter: ‘You are who we thought you were’

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Betsy DeVos faced widespread disapproval before her confirmation as education secretary — and now that she’s been on the job for three months, her critics say their concerns about her have been realized.

Veteran educator Patrick Kearney wrote an open letter to DeVos, published by the Huffington Post, to object to her policies and performance so far.

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“You’ve now been the Secretary of Education for a few months and I have to say, we’ve moved from being freaked out to understanding that you are who we thought you were,” Kearney wrote.

The longtime teacher criticized her first budget for the Department of Education, which eliminates $1.2 billion from after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, as well as cutting $27 million in arts education and $12 million for Special Olympics programs.

The education budget also does away with a program that offers loan forgiveness as an incentive for teachers to work in underserved rural communities.

“Your budget seems to try to surmise that schools are wasting money by providing safe places to go after school, giving young people the opportunity to create art, and supporting special education students,” Kearney wrote.

He pointed out that those cuts are accompanied by increased funding for charter schools and voucher programs.

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“Who are you serving?” Kearney wrote. “Your proposed budget would suggest that your interest is in diverting dollars away from programs that directly impact young people and putting those dollars into the pockets of those who would like to make a profit in the business of educating our young people.”

“In no universe does your budget make public schools better for the students who need them the most,” he added.


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BUSTED: Trump flack Kayleigh McEnany has voted by mail 11 times in the last 10 years

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Trump White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany this week echoed President Donald Trump's statements that allowing everyone to vote by mail would result in an unprecedented surge in "voter fraud."

However, a review conducted by the Tampa Bay Times has found that McEnany herself has voted by mail a total of 11 times in the past decade alone.

"In fact, the Tampa native has voted by mail in every Florida election she has participated in since 2010," the Tampa Bay Times has found. "Most recently, she voted by mail in the state’s March 2020 presidential primary, just as Trump did after he made Florida his new permanent home."

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Kentucky militant’s wife plays victim after militia leader fired for hanging governor in effigy

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A right-wing militant was fired for hanging Kentucky's governor in effigy during a lockdown protest -- and his wife is furious.

Terry Bush, president of the Kentucky 3 Percenters militia group, lost his job Tuesday with Neil Huffman Auto Group after he was photographed and recorded hanging Gov. Andy Beshear in effigy before demonstrators gathered outside the governor's mansion and demanded that he come outside, reported the Courier-Journal.

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Jerry Nadler shoots down Eric Trump’s attempt to paint him as a hypocrite on mail-in voting

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This Wednesday morning, President Trump's son, Eric Trump, took a dig at Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) by tweeting out an old video featuring Nadler saying that "paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud," in an attempt to paint Democrats as hypocrites in light of President Trump's disparagement of mail-in voting.

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"At least with the old clunky voting machines that we have in New York, deliberate fraud is way down," Nadler says in the video.

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