Thursday, August 23, 2018

McCaskill: I am fighting Betsy DeVos on her attempts to undermine American public education

(From Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO)

I remember how excited my kids were for the first day of school every year -- and I want every kid in Missouri to be that happy on their first day of school, too.

I'm the proud product of Missouri public education -- and I'm committed to keeping our public schools strong. But that means prioritizing the needs of our students and investing in elementary, secondary, and higher education.

That's why I've fought to fund the bipartisan Secure Rural Schools program, which provides critical assistance to school districts across Missouri. And it's why I'm holding Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos accountable and fighting back on her attempts to undermine the promise of American public education.

I know we can't stop with high school graduation, though.

The average cost of one year of college is now twice what it cost less than 20 years ago. Well, I believe we can -- and must -- do better.

I've always supported programs to make college more affordable and streamline student aid. This year I wrote to the Department of Education to urge them to keep investigating abuses by for-profit schools, and uphold their commitment to hold colleges accountable for misleading, cheating, or defrauding Missouri students. I've fought to maintain funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, improve debt relief and Pell grants, and strengthen campus sexual assault protections.

Problems in our education system also hurt our seniors and veterans: I've sponsored legislation to prevent garnishment of retirement benefits for decades-old student loans, and fought to protect veterans from predatory, for-profit universities.

This school year, I'm committed to fighting for our kids, whether they're starting kindergarten or freshman year. I won't stop working to make sure they get the support they need to thrive.

Collections of my writing on education and educational issues, Let Teachers Teach and Classroom Confidential, are available locally at Changing Hands Book Shoppe and Always Buying Books in Joplin and Pat's Books in Carthage. They are also available in paperback and e-book formats from Amazon at the links below.


Anonymous said...

We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone
All in all it's just another brick in the wall
All in all you're just another brick in the wall

Harvey Hutchinson said...

McCaskill brings up these “nothing burgers “ right before election. She wasn’t worried about it two years ago.
Secretary DeVoss is working on student safety, and providing schools armaments to defend themselves. McCasskill is happy for them to be killed.
Her soul sister Pocohantas says don’t worry about Mollie Tibet’s; focus on illegal aliens separated from family. Mollie is separated forever.

Harvey Hutchinson 303-522-6622 voice&text

Anonymous said...

Harvey, your grasp on reality is separated forever. Keep flying your party before country colors as your feckless leader is going down in his own swamp.

Anonymous said...

8:02... you bore me. Bring up something that has to do with the article or at least that isnt just an attack on a poster.

Anonymous said...

I’m 63 years old and have voted Republican all my life, even if I didn’t particularly like the person. The last 6 months or so has changed my thinking about Republican values. While the Republican Party has been called party for the rich, (I’m not rich) I’ve viewed it as the party that supports hard work, independence, family values and less government. But I’ve started taking notice of some patterns. If there’s a politician making news about adultery, dishonesty, tax evasion or some type of fraud it’s usually a Republican. I think it’s always been that way, I just chose to ignore it. I’ve also noticed the people in Trumps world are unapologetically not just “rich”, they’re ridiculously wealthy, dishonest, greedy, entitled and self indulgent. I’m not saying its all Republicans and not saying that can’t be said about some Democrats. I think I’m gonna vote Democrat here on out,

Concerned citizen said...

1227. Pox on both parties

Anonymous said...


You’re not paying attention to your feckless leader, even Trump refers to Devos as Ditzy Devos, try to keep up.

Anonymous said...

"Try to keep up".

That is a phrase tossed around the internet by mindless trolls who think they have found some high ground. The unoriginal, repetitive garbage that serves only to attack posters is both boring and nauseating. If you disagree with Harvey or anyone else, be civil. Or at the very least be original in your crap comments.

Anonymous said...


Your hilarious, a troll trolling a troll. Let,’s perpetuate the conversation, Ill troll you and be the troll, trolling the troll, trolling the troll. You are the unoriginal one here that is playing off other comments without any originality at all.

Anonymous said...

@734 am

Thanks for policing the civility.

The good lord and half of SWMo knows Hervey and civility go together like Billy Long and a trip to Las Vegas!