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Arming teachers takes a step in the wrong direction

Students gather at the U.S. Capitol to protest gun violence Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

March 15, 2018

Teachers have a long list of supplies they absolutely need for their classrooms: poster boards, markers, textbooks, pencils and now — if President Donald Trump has his way — guns. With recent debates over the best way to approach mass shootings, some Americans believe the best way to protect against...

Editorial: PA Republicans’ education bill offers little choice

Annual changes to Pennsylvania’s school code were proposed in House Bill 178, moving to the Senate for debate next week. (Photo by Kumar Appaiah via Flickr)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2017

The first full school year under new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is well underway and, in a bill passed last week, Pennsylvania’s state legislators are mirroring the federal administration’s school policy. House Bill 178 is this year’s iteration of the state’s annual list of propose...

DeVos takes backward step on sexual assault

Education Sec. Betsy DeVos listens during a meeting with President Donald Trump in April 11. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

September 11, 2017

For a cabinet member who’s already one of the most controversial in the Trump administration, it would have seemed difficult for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to become even more divisive. Then she started to talk about rape on campus. DeVos gave a speech on Sept. 7 at George Mason University...

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