Archives for February 2017

Spring Scholarship Deadlines Are Set

CEA and CEA-R offer a number of opportunities for the children of members to earn scholarship dollars toward college. This year, the application deadline is Friday, April 7, at 4:30 p.m. The complete application must include the following:

1. A statement of the student’s personal philosophy and goals.

2. Two references: One from a current academic instructor with whom the student has studied during the past year, and one from someone other than a relative.

Scholarship guidelines are listed below:

• The parent or guardian member may request the application and guidelines from the CEA Office or download it from the CEA website.
• Applicants may be graduating high school seniors or students already enrolled in an undergraduate program at a college or university.
• Applicants must have a cumulative point hour of 2.5 or above which must be verified by an official high school or university transcript.
• Applicants must be full-time students while enrolled in college.
• Applicants must include a copy of the Student Aid Report from FASFA.
• Applicants must indicate all financial aid (other than student loans) which they expect to receive.

The Christa McAuliffe Memorial Scholarship, will be granted each year to a student majoring in education (unless no education applicants apply). This scholarship will be 1½ times the amount of any other scholarships awarded. To download the application, click here.

 

Send completed applications to:
Columbus Education Association
Attn: Spring Scholarship
929 E. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43205

DeVos is Confirmed

The Senate today approved Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education when Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in her favor. The vote by a vice president to break a deadlock over a cabinet official was a first in U.S. history.  Despite the opposition, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted to advance her nomination to the full Senate. The New York Times posted the following:

“The 51-to-50 vote elevates Ms. DeVos — a wealthy donor from Michigan who has devoted much of her life to expanding educational choice through charter schools and vouchers, but has limited experience with the public school system — to be steward of the nation’s schools. Two Republicans voted against Ms. DeVos’s confirmation, a sign that some members of President Trump’s party are willing to go against him, possibly foreshadowing difficulty on some of the president’s more contentious legislative priorities.”

The Fight Continues

 The New York Times reports that Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he is “100 percent confident” that Betsy DeVos “will be the next secretary of education.” But media reporting shows that won’t happen without a fight.  USA Today quoted Sen. Susan Collins as saying that DeVos’ “concentration on charter schools and vouchers … raises the question about whether or not she fully appreciates that the secretary of education’s primary focus must be on helping states and communities … strengthen our public schools.” The Wall Street Journal reported that Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she will vote against DeVos because thousands of her constituents in Alaska have contacted her to express concerns that are similar to her own. The Washington Times said that with the GOP holding a 52-48 majority in the Senate, votes against DeVos by Collins and Murkowski mean “it’s unlikely Mrs. DeVos will get more than 50 votes’ support.” That would mean that Vice President Pence could cast a tie-breaking vote.