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Rise & Shine: Betsy DeVos confirmed as U.S. education secretary

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
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Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. education secretary yesterday after weeks of speculation, opposition and debate. The reaction in New York's education world was, in many cases, less than enthusiastic. City students, who had gathered downtown to protest President Trump's immigration policies, also had some thoughts on DeVos. But how much power does the education secretary really have? Chalkbeat breaks down that question. And we want to hear from you: Use this form to tell us what you want Secretary DeVos to know about public education.

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Rise & Shine

A roundup of education news and analysis

IT'S OFFICIAL Betsy DeVos was named U.S. education secretary Tuesday after an unprecedented tiebreaker vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Chalkbeat

WHAT'S POSSIBLE For those worried about DeVos's potential impact, here's some of what she could change -- and what lies beyond her power. Chalkbeat

TELL US What do you want Betsy DeVos to know about public education? Share your thoughts and we'll publish a selection of your answers. Chalkbeat

SPEAKING OUT Here's what some local education world insiders had to say about DeVos's confirmation. Chalkbeat, DNAinfo

ON THE MOVE Meet Hebh Jamal, a senior at the Beacon School who helped organize New York City students to walk out of school Tuesday to protest President Trump's immigration orders. Chalkbeat, Vice

YOUTH POWER Hundreds of New York City students joined the walkout and rally in Foley Square. New York Daily News, NY1, The Week, Huffington Post, amNewYork, Patch, Gothamist

HERE'S WHY Three students at the walkout explain what motivated them to take part. Chalkbeat

SPA CASTLE The principal of Harlem Renaissance High School was reassigned after treating some of his staffers to a spa day in Queens. New York Post

SUMMER STEM The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is offering free summer STEM classes to girls in high school. DNAinfo

NEW SCHOOL A new alternative school designed to serve under-credited students will open on the Upper East Side, named for the late Judge Judith Kaye. DNAinfo

RAISE THE CAP Charter school parents and students gathered in Albany Tuesday to demand that the state lift its cap on charter schools and help them get fair funding. New York Post

MORE CHARTERS Opinion: With 45,000 city students on charter wait-lists, the state should raise the cap. New York Daily News

TUITION PLAN Governor Cuomo defended his Excelsior free tuition plan, which private colleges have criticized as a threat to their enrollment. Politico

IMMIGRANT AID The Senate Independent Democratic Conference has joined the Assembly in pushing for financial aid for undocumented immigrants, making a bill's passage more likely. New York Daily News, Politico

CHESS CHAMPS Opinion: Congrats to the Edward R. Murrow chess team, which just won its 20th city title. New York Post

SPECIAL SCHOOL Staten Island Borough President James Oddo will hold three public meetings on his plans for a charter school that serves autistic children. Staten Island Advance

LOSING SCHOOLS Five more city Catholic schools are closing due to financial concerns, according to the Archdiocese of New York. NY1

BOOKER VS. BOOKER What two videos of Sen. Cory Booker tell us about how the politics of education are changing. Chalkbeat

CHOOSING DEVOS Opinion: Why President Trump nominated an education secretary with no knowledge of public education. New York Times

DEVOS'S DETRACTORS Opinion: Education reform advocates neglected their mission when they opposed DeVos. New York Daily News

BEHIND THE BATTLE Opinion: Why did DeVos become Trump's most controversial nominee? Because when it comes to schools, Democrats want to protect the status quo. New York Times

SILVER LINING Could the energy behind the anti-DeVos movement help public schools? The Atlantic

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