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Betsy DeVos Quietly Eliminates 72 Documents on Civil Rights Protections for Children With Disabilities

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DeVos Has Refused to State Children With Disabilities Deserve Equal Protection in Schools

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos early in October quietly rescinded 72 guidance documents, some in place for many years, that detailed the protections children with disabilities are supposed to receive. During her confirmation hearing DeVos refused to say children with disabilities deserve equal protection in schools, and in fact admitted she was “confused” by the federal laws.

Rather than make an official announcement, the Education Dept.’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services said in a newsletter Friday – nearly three weeks after taking action – that “a total of 72 guidance documents … have been rescinded due to being outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective – 63 from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and 9 from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA),” according to The Chicago Tribune.

These documents don’t change laws, but they aided education officials and experts, teachers and administrators, in how to implement existing laws. The documents also helped translate often confusing legal jargon into terms laypeople can understand and use. By eliminating the documents she has effectively helped ensure children with disabilities will not see the same level of protection that they had with the documents available.

This is yet another attack on children, students, and families of minorities made by DeVos. Just weeks after being sworn in, DeVos, in partnership with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, rescinded an Obama-era guidance letter detailing the protections of civil rights transgender students are entitled to, which included examples of how to implement them. She later told a conservative political conference the guidance was an example of “huge overreach” by the Obama administration.

While officially denouncing discrimination, DeVos has said discrimination against transgender students is acceptable because it allows parents to make different school choices for their children.

DeVos is not an education expert. She holds only a bachelor’s degree from a small Christian college, and is a charter schools activist who has called public schools a “dead end.”

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DONALD TRUMP IS A FASCIST

US Organization Promoting Freedom in Other Countries Issues Warning to America

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Freedom House, a U.S government-funded but independent non-profit (NGO) founded in 1941 to promote democracy, advance freedom, and fight fascism around the world on Wednesday found itself facing fascism at home.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was Freedom House’s first co-chair. The organization was “founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minorities and historically marginalized groups, are guaranteed.”

On Wednesday President Donald Trump refused to commit to the peaceful transition of power, saying, “get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation.”

Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power – never before in question since the Declaration of Independence was signed 244 years ago – was by default a threat of violence, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said.

Wednesday evening Freedom House issued what amounts to a warning – to its fellow Americans.

“A key tenet of democracy is that politicians respect the electoral process and the will of the people,” Freedom House said via Twitter. “There is nothing more anti-democratic than a leader who refuses to concede defeat.”

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‘Trump Is Advocating Civil War’: Reporter Stunned When President Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, instead sending a message to Democrats to “get rid of the ballots.”

Trump’s remarks were so disturbing the reporter who asked the question called it “the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked.”

Veteran journalist Brian Karem, a political analyst for CNN and the White House correspondent for Playboy, had asked the President the very simple question.

“Well we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump replied. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, the ballots are a disaster.”

“Get ri9d of the ballots and you’ll have – we’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there will be a continuation.”

“The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it? The Democrats.”

Ballots are how Americans cast their votes, and have been doing so for centuries.

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‘I Have to Leave for an Emergency Phone Call’: Trump Splits From His Own Press Conference for a ‘Big Call’

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President Donald Trump was late for his 6:00 PM press conference and literally left in the middle for an “emergency” phone call.

“I have to leave for an emergency phone call,” Trump told reporters in the White House press briefing room. As he tried to leave one reporter peppered him with spot-on questions about this afternoon’s decision by a grand jury to not charge any of the three Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Asked what the call was about, Trump replied, “I have a big call.”

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