PPS-SF Recommends: Black History Month, DeVos, and More

posted Feb 8, 2017, 1:18 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston

We are just a few days into Black History Month. Our students, like many across America, are learning about the profound contributions of African Americans, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Zora Neale Hurston, Althea Gibson and Frederick Douglass (who was, as we are hearing more and more, amazing).

A solid list of exhibits, readings, and activities in the Bay Area, from Eventbrite.

A radio broadcast from Capital Public Radio.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education by the slimmest of margins, capping off a rocky, high-stakes fight for President Trump's pick. Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote on DeVos, breaking a 50-50 tie after Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) became the first Republican senators to oppose a Trump Cabinet pick, joining all Democrats.

Earlier today, by the narrowest of margins, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos to serve as secretary of education. The 50-50 vote required Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie and end two months of acrimonious debate.