ICSI Company Secretary result declared, two girls from Pune ranked among top 25

Two city girls have scored 20th and 21st ranks in the Company Secretary foundation exam, results of which were announced on Wednesday. Eighteen-year-olds Shrikrupa Vibhute and Bhargavi K Kulkarnii are both first-year Commerce students in city-based colleges and it was their first attempt at this exam, in 2017. “I have always wanted to pursue CS. The result is the fruit of a year-long hard work. This would not have been possible without the support of my parents,” said 20th ranker Vibhute, a student of BMCC. She aims at pursuing a…

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Betsy DeVos reveals her longtime education secretary aspirations: “I literally had never given it a

Her Senate confirmation last week—won by a hair’s breadth—didn’t help to make US education secretary Betsy DeVos any less blisteringly controversial. Neither, surely, will this. In an interview with Axios’s Jonathan Swan published this morning, DeVos—a Michigan billionaire with no personal experience in public education—revealed she was apparently just as taken by surprise by president Donald Trump’s choice to nominate her as the rest of the US was. Recalled DeVos: It was the day after the election that somebody with whom I’ve worked for a number of years actually e‑mailed…

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Trump’s New Education Secretary Wants More ‘Virtual Schools’ and Her Agency to Be Destroyed

The Trump regime’s newly confirmed pick for Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is ready to shake up the establishment. How so? By gutting the agency she leads, introducing more “virtual schools,” and overseeing the rise of schools that “haven’t even been invented yet.” What does the last part mean? Damned if we know. In a new interview published this morning, political website Axios asked DeVos about what she expects to get done in the next four years. DeVos, an enemy of public schools, pledged to “slim down the department…

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Trump’s broken promise: More than 100 food and farm groups oppose labor secretary pick

On Monday, 105 food and agriculture organizations, representing more than 10 million people across the food system, sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging senators to oppose the confirmation of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder as secretary of labor. This clarion call from the nation’s farmers, food-system workers and public health advocates, led by Corporate Accountability International, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Friends of the Earth, and Real Food Media, comes on the heels of growing opposition and controversy surrounding Trump’s pick to head the Department of Labor. A recent Capital & Main investigation found…

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Flanagan signs GOP letter in support of Trump education secretary pick

Here is an expanded version of the second item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions: Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has drawn heat for signing on to a letter from Republican officials from all 50 states supporting President Trump’s controversial pick of Betsy DeVos for education secretary. The letter to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate education committee, praised DeVos and urged a “swift confirmation process so that we together can get to work making classrooms a place for all children to thrive.” “We…

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Senate Delays Vote on Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos For Financial Disclosure Review

The confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s billionaire Education Secretary pick, Betsy DeVos, on Tuesday was frankly outrageous, the most eye-catching item being DeVos’s assertion that states should be more open to allowing guns into schools for protecting students against grizzly bear attacks. Now the vote on whether or not to confirm DeVos has been delayed, though not because of bears. On Friday, Republican Senator and chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Lamar Alexander, pushed back the date of Devos’s confirmation vote by a week to…

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Education secretary nominee shows lack of experience and knowledg

Many believe that public schools will be under siege or underwater if Betsy DeVos wins confirmation to lead the U.S. Department of Education, which is likely to occur this week. The Michigan billionaire and school choice champion has no education training, did not attend public schools or send her own children — making her a departure from prior U.S. education secretaries who had long years in the profession and a strong commitment to public education. (Nor has she ever taken out a federal student loan for herself or her children.)…

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Betsy DeVos confirmation hearing for education secretary: the key points

Betsy DeVos Secretary of education Background Rarely are nominees for education secretary controversial, but Donald Trump’s choice of the Republican fundraiser and activist Betsy DeVos has sounded alarm bells for more reasons than one. DeVos, a conservative billionaire, will receive a confirmation hearing on Tuesday afternoon before the Senate health, education, labor and pensions committee. Her testimony was delayed by a week when Democrats raised concerns over what they dubbed DeVos’s “extensive financial entanglements and potential conflicts of interest”. Her family’s cumulative wealth is estimated at $5.1bn, which, coupled with…

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The exit interview: Ag Secretary Vilsack on Obama’s food legacy

Even before the election, food luminaries had started brawling over Obama’s legacy. In a New York Times Magazine cover story, author Michael Pollan accused the administration of bowing to the demands of corporate agribusiness. “They went wobbly in the knees,” former Sen. Tom Harkin said in the piece. Sam Kass, the former White House chef and food czar, fired back, saying that people like Pollan dismiss steps forward because they fall short of their “idyllic” vision of farming. “We are so good at turning our wins into losses, it’s stunning,”…

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Mitt Romney: Trump has made a smart choice for education secretary

The nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education has reignited the age-old battle over education policy. The heat is already intense not just because it involves the future of our children but also because a lot of money is at stake. Essentially, it’s a debate between those in the education establishment who support the status quo because they have a financial stake in the system and those who seek to challenge the status quo because it’s not serving kids well. Both sides will take their case to the public…

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