What if Betsy DeVos Were Your Boss?

Betsy DeVos was nominated as secretary of education, and hearings for her nomination are currently underway. As reporters and pundits are examining DeVos’ record, we thought it would be interesting to imagine what it would be like to actually work for DeVos. This is speculative fiction, of course, but based on the things she’s said and done over the years (click on the link after each entry to read more about DeVos and that topic). But here’s what we think it could be like to work for DeVos.

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Prop 58 Prepares CA Kids for a Global Economy

When bilingual education vanished from California classrooms in 1998, so did countless opportunities for generations of students.  Today, one in five California students is an English language learner and opportunities for multilingual speakers continue to flourish in the job market. It’s clearly time for a change.

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7 in 10 UC Administrative Workers Are Going Hungry

Seven in ten University of California administrative and clerical workers, the majority working full time, struggle to put food on the table every month. You read that right – workers at one of the top university systems in the world often have to decide between paying their rent and buying food. According to a study released Monday by researchers at the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute of Occidental College (UEPI), more than two-thirds of UC workers are considered “food insecure” by federal standards.

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Repair our rundown schools: YES on Prop 51

It’s been a decade since California passed our last statewide school bond to repair and upgrade our public schools. That’s 10 years of students from kindergarten to college attempting to learn in schools crumbling around them. Libraries, science labs, classrooms – you name it – California schools are in dire need of an upgrade.

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Prop 55 Prevents School Cuts, Keeps California Moving in Right Direction

California’s comeback from the brink of financial ruin during the Great Recession is one of the greatest success stories in a generation. While states like Kansas and Wisconsin responded to budgetary uncertainty by cutting education funding with disastrous results, California voters took a different approach, enacting Prop 30 in 2012 to boost school funding to shrink class sizes, hire teachers, bolster community colleges and fund children’s health care.

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