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Fri Dec 1, 2017, 02:09 AM

Nashville teachers protest Betsy DeVos' agenda after Tennessee visit

Chanting and holding signs calling for her departure, public school teachers and parents gathered by the downtown riverfront Thursday night to voice their opposition to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

"We want the people of Nashville to know that we feel it is really important to send a strong message to Secretary DeVos that we don't agree with what she's doing," said Amanda Kail, a teacher in Metro Nashville Public Schools and advocacy chair for the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, which organized the protest.

"As teachers, we find her budget to be immoral," Kail said of the billions of dollars in education cuts proposed by President Donald Trump's administration. "The amount of money she is cutting from the education budget will have devastating effects on public education."

Earlier Thursday, DeVos spoke to a crowd gathered at the Omni Nashville Hotel for the ExcelinEd conference, an event founded by one-time Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Read more: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/11/30/betsy-devos-nashville-teacher-protest-tennessee-schools/910917001/

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Reply Nashville teachers protest Betsy DeVos' agenda after Tennessee visit (Original post)
TexasTowelie Dec 2017 OP
Alice11111 Dec 2017 #1
riversedge Dec 2017 #2
Alice11111 Dec 2017 #5
SusanaMontana41 Dec 2017 #3
BigmanPigman Dec 2017 #4
Alice11111 Dec 2017 #6
BigmanPigman Dec 2017 #7
Alice11111 Dec 2017 #8
BigmanPigman Dec 2017 #9
Alice11111 Dec 2017 #10

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 03:11 AM

1. Wow! Go Nashville.

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Response to Alice11111 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 04:14 AM

2. Representative Mike Stewart speaks during a protest against Betsy DeVos outside Riverfront Park in N

Great to see their Rep in solidarity with them.



Representative Mike Stewart speaks during a protest against Betsy DeVos outside Riverfront Park in Nashville, Thursday November 30, 2017. (Photo: Alan Poizner/For the USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee)

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Response to riversedge (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 2, 2017, 01:20 PM

5. Rare Good news and nice photo

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 04:23 AM

3. WOOT WOOT!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 04:35 AM

4. GOOD!

She was supposed to come to San Diego soon after she was selected and due to the number of complaints (mine was one of them...former SD Unified teacher) the visit was cancelled. I personally stopped into the School Board meeting to thank the superintendent and the rest of the board.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 2, 2017, 01:22 PM

6. Good thing to do. I thank Repubs or Dems when I can.

I called in a thank you to Corker. I'm not from Tennessee

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Response to Alice11111 (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 2, 2017, 04:53 PM

7. I did the same after ACA repeal

and called the 3 who voted "NO" and also the Dem Senator from Hawaii (Hirono) since she came up to DC to vote despite having cancer. I will call Corner Mon. Thanks for reminding me.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 2, 2017, 05:59 PM

8. I think it makes a difference. I have had a few tell me

that they felt so rejected and isolated, and it mattered a lot that some people understood and appreciated them, even if not of their party or district. It gives them some support to continue.

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Response to Alice11111 (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 2, 2017, 06:16 PM

9. I was a teacher and all people of various ages

need encouragement and positive reinforcement. Besides that, it is good manners and "gentlemanly".
My first graders wrote "Thank You" letters once a week and read compliments to each other daily. Some adults do not set this good example so I had to slip it into my class routines hoping it will be remembered as they grow up.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 2, 2017, 06:37 PM

10. Very good things to do. Teachers may be our best hope.

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