Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post Published 7:32 pm, Thursday, June 7, 2018 WASHINGTON - A divided Senate voted Thursday to confirm Kenneth L. Marcus as the Education Department's assistant secretary for civil rights despite critics' concerns that he will not protect the rights of all students. Marcus, who had the same duties at the department for two years during the administration of President George W. Bush, has been president and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law in Washington. That center has as its mission the advancement of the "civil and human rights of the Jewish people and to promote justice for all." His biography says he founded the center in 2011 to "combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education." The Senate voted 50 to 46 to confirm Marcus to run the Office for Civil Rights, which has been the subject of criticism under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Critics say she has undermined the civil … [Read more...] about Divided Senate confirms controversial figure to head Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights
OLYMPIA, Wash. — A long-running court case over the adequacy of education funding in Washington state has ended, with the state Supreme Court on Thursday lifting its jurisdiction over the case and dropping daily sanctions after the Legislature funneled billions more dollars into public schools. The court's unanimous order came in response to lawmakers passing a supplemental budget earlier this year that the justices said was the final step needed to reach compliance with a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that found that K-12 school funding was inadequate. Washington's Constitution states that it is the Legislature's "paramount duty" to fully fund the education system. The resolution of the landmark case in Washington state comes as other states like Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky are now responding to calls for more money to be allocated to education. The state had been in contempt of court since 2014 for lack of progress on that ruling, and daily sanctions of $100,000 — … [Read more...] about Court: Compliance reached in education funding case
THEIR backgrounds couldn't have been more different. He was the wild, ageing lothario and strip-club owner who famously had "over 2,000 lovers"- and a multi-million pound fortune - while she was the convent-educated former ballet dancer in her twenties. It seemed like an unlikely match - the pair had an age gap of 42 years - and their romance was ridiculed by some naysayers at the time, including her dad. But Peter Stringfellow and third wife Bella Wright's love lasted the distance, from their romantic 2009 Valentine's Day wedding on a beach in Barbados to his death today from cancer at the age of 77. The self-styled "king of clubs" and his beautiful bride had two children together, daughter Rosabella who was born in 2013, and son Angelo who was born in 2015 - when Stringfellow was 74. And Bella, a virgin when she met him, can be credited as the woman who finally tamed Peter, who had previously been married twice before, to Norma Williams in 1960 and Coral Wight from 1966 to 1984. … [Read more...] about How convent-educated virgin ballet dancer Bella Wright finally tamed lothario Peter Stringfellow
DAMIAN Hinds is a Tory MP who was appointed Education Secretary on 8 January 2018. The MP for East Hampshire was promoted in Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle — but what do we know about him? Who is Damian Hinds MP? Damian Hinds, born November 1969, went to St. Ambrose College, a Catholic grammar school in Cheshire. This was followed by studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. He entered politics in 2005 when he unsuccessfully stood in the general election for the Stretford and Urmston constituency. Mr Hinds was eventually elected to parliament in the 2010 General Election for the East Hampshire constituency. He spent two years on the Education select committee and was made Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in 2015. Mr Hinds was then appointed the Employment minister at the Department for Work and Pensions in July 2016. On 8 January 2018 Mr Hinds was made Education Secretary following the resignation of Justine Greening who had refused to be moved to another … [Read more...] about Who is Damian Hinds, what’s is the education secretary’s voting record, what school did he go to and does he have children?
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