DeVos

Dade Middle School principal Tracie Washington, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Urban Specialists CEO Omar Jahwar listen to Dallas ISD trustee Bernadette Nutall talk about Dade’s successes (Photo by Bethany Erickson).

Embattled U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made a surprise visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area Thursday — so surprising that it wasn’t even on her public schedule.

Not everyone was thrilled about it, though. DeVos visited Urban Specialists (a privately funded group partly funded by Stand Together, which funded by the Charles Koch-led Seminar Network), Billy Earl Dade Middle School, and 16 Streets Center.  She began the day in North Richland Hills’ Birdville ISD. (more…)

Lincoln

Lincoln High students and area women were all smiles at an event designed to connect young women with mentors (Photo by Bethany Erickson)

The hugs I got on Tuesday are still giving me an endorphin high.

Earlier this week, I wrote about a mentoring event being held at Lincoln High school — one that organizers hoped would help young women meet lifelong mentors that would give them valuable advice, feedback, and encouragement. (more…)