Tag: Department Of Education

LGBT Students to Remain Unprotected by Betsy DeVos

Rights for LGBT people have been a cause for concern under the Trump administration. And on Tuesday, Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos created more uncertainty, to say the least, when she refused to say LGBT students would be protected from discrimination at private schools. DeVos said several times that…

HBCU Funding Unconstitutional, Trump Suggests

A statement from the White House over the weekend suggested that a certain financial program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) may be unconstitutional an implication that has raised concerns among supporters and leaders of HBCUs. “My Administration shall treat provisions that allocate benefits on the basis of race,…

Proposed Education Budget Does Not Increase Funds for HBCUs

The Trump administration’s newly proposed budget did not include an increase in funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and will take money away from and eliminate programs that help disadvantaged students. The Education Department will, under the new proposal, suffer a 13.5 percent budget cut, going from $68.2…

Fear, Uncertainty Loom for Disabled Community Under Trump

People with disabilities are becoming increasing fearful of what life will look like under the new Trump administration, whose positions and proposed polices range from outright disregard for the disabled community to a reversion of significant advances made over recent decades. While President Donald Trump’s public mocking of a journalist’s…

Education Disparities for Minorities, Report Finds

Academically challenging classes, experienced teachers and moderate disciplinary policies are housed in affluent white school districts, leaving minorities on the fringe, according to a U.S. Department of Education survey. “In general, the data shows students of color, students whose first language is not English and students with disabilities are, according…

Segregated Schools Nearly Doubled From 2000

The repeated practice of racially segregating schools in the U.S. has increased in recent years. And a new report concluded that segregating schools has negative effects on the education minority students receive. Overall, students who attend racially segregated schools are considerably less likely to be put on track to excel…

Republicans Freak Out Over Transgender Guidance

Before the ink was dry on a directive by the Obama administration sent Friday instructing public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, political and religious leaders across the country were calling on everything from defying the directive to violently confronting LGBT supporters….

NYC Schools Fail People with Disabilities

Following a two-year federal investigation completed last month, the U.S. Attorney’s office has found that more than eight of 10 of New York City’s public elementary schools are not “fully accessible” to people with disabilities. Moreover, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, “six of the city’s school districts, serving over…