Betsy DeVos

Civil Rights Panel: Disabled Students of Color Punished More

Courtesy Photo The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says students of color with disabilities are disciplined more harshly than their peers. It urges President Donald Trump’s administration to offer guidance to schools on how to comply with nondiscrimination laws when punishing students. The administration rescinded Obama-era guidance in December, saying states and local school districts are responsible for deciding how to handle discipline. The commission’s report says unevenly applied punishments, especially removing students from class, make it harder for students to graduate and avoid the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. Tuesday’s report also recommends that Congress provide funding for training and to

Trump Administration Forced to Forgive $150M in Student Loans

After a more than year-long delay, the U.S. Department of Education will cancel $150 million in debt owed by defrauded students, the agency announced Dec. 13. Under borrower protection regulation established under President Barack Obama in 2016, former students or parents of students who took loans for colleges that closed between Nov. 1, 2013, and Dec. 4, 2018 would receive debt forgiveness or receive reimbursement. The provision, known as the Automatic Closed School Discharge, was part of the Obama administration’s hemming in of for-profit colleges, such as ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges. Almost half of the 15,000 persons eligible for

African Americans Win Throughout California 

Dems took over the House, but not the Senate. California has a new governor, according to LA vote, as of press time, Tony Thurmond will lead public instruction and rent control laws will remain as they are:  just some of the highlights of the country’s midterm election November 6.

School Choice Not the Right Choice for All Students

The Trump Administration has proposed to decrease funding to authorized investments for public schools while increasing funding opportunities for school choice programs and private school vouchers. Ninety percent of children in America attend public schools. Increased funding to school choice programs, while reducing funding to public schools is a strategy that leaves behind our most vulnerable students

Dorsey HS Launches Local ‘March For Our Lives’ Chapter

Both Bradford and Bass will continue working together to help the students at Dorsey High School connect with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in Parkland, Fl. To continue their efforts, the group has plans to work with the Los Angeles School Police Association to organize a student exchange journey with the high school founders of the March For Our Lives and the #NeverAgain movements. 

Consumer Protection Payday Rule at Risk, Just Like Student Loan Protections

An important consumer protection rule that was to take effect January 16 is now being “reconsidered” by the same agency that was to enforce it – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). After years of fierce advocacy that drew bright lines between a predatory lending industry and a coalition of concern that looks like America, a rule was announced in 2017, designed to ensure that loans only went to consumers who could afford to repay them. The rule also curbed triple-digit interest rates on small dollar loans like payday. The new announcement came on the watch of Mick Mulvaney who