If Joe Biden Wins, Who Could Be the Next Secretary of Education?

With election season very much upon us, a question is on the minds of higher education leaders. If former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidency, who would he choose for secretary of education?

Last year, Biden promised his pick would be an educator.

“First thing, as president of United States – not a joke – first thing I will do is make sure that the secretary of education is not Betsy DeVos,” he said at a National Education Association forum for presidential candidates. “It is a teacher. A teacher. Promise.”

As the election draws closer, speaking with education scholars about Biden’s possible picks feels a lot like playing fantasy football. Dr. James Earl Davis,  the Bernard C. Watson Chair in Urban Education and professor of higher education at Temple University, even broke down his list of hopefuls into seven different categories: experienced policy leaders,

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Biden to address Moral Monday event tonight


In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles at supporters during a campaign event at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)


Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be among the speakers at an online event Monday night led by the Rev. William Barber II and the national Poor People’s Campaign.

According to the Poor People’s Campaign website, both Biden and Pres. Donald Trump were invited to address the priorities of poor and low-income Americans and the national organization’s agenda. Trump did not respond to the invitation, the group said Monday.

The online gathering, titled “Voting is Power Unleashed: National Moral Monday Mass Assembly and Teach-In,” will be live-streamed from 7 to 9 p.m. and will include coordinating committee members in the organization from across the country.

Other noted speakers expected to join include Jane Fonda, Mark

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Tom Cotton Says Joe Biden ‘Will Continue to Send Jobs to China’ if Elected

Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said Democratic nominee Joe Biden would “continue to send our jobs to China” if he were to win the November 3 election as President Donald Trump’s campaign team attacked their rival over his record on the country.

Tom Cotton wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Sen. Tom Cotton speaks to the media after attending a briefing with administration officials on January 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Republican said Biden would continue shipping U.S. jobs to China if he is elected president in November.

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Sen. Tom Cotton speaks to the media after attending a briefing with administration officials on January 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Republican said Biden would continue shipping U.S. jobs to China if he is elected president in November.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Says ‘US Politicians Will Say Anything To Get Elected’



Appearing on Fox News on Monday, Sen. Cotton also accused Biden of defending the decision to award China with “favored-nation” status and taking away U.S. manufacturing jobs.


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Speaking to Fox & Friends this morning, Cotton said: “This week is the 20th anniversary

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GUEST VIEW: Biden won’t win votes by threatening swing state jobs

It sometimes seems as if former Vice President Biden is hell bent on losing this November.

Biden’s clean energy plan calls for banning new oil and gas permits on public lands and waters. While that position might appeal to environmentalists, it won’t win over the swing state voters who rely on America’s oil and natural gas industry for affordable energy and good jobs.

The natural gas and oil industry supports more than 10 million high-paying jobs across the nation. Many of these jobs are located in swing states like Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan, all of which Democrats lost in 2016. The industry supports more than 12 percent of jobs in Texas, another key state Democrats want to carry in 2020.

The industry is projected to support an additional 1.9 million American jobs by 2035. Nearly 60 percent of those positions will go to blue-collar workers, a group that supported President

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Biden Pitches Corporate Tax Changes to Boost U.S. Jobs

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rolled out corporate tax proposals Wednesday aimed at protecting U.S. workers by encouraging companies to invest in jobs domestically and punishing multinationals for moving jobs overseas.

Biden’s proposals include:

  • A 10% surtax on profits of U.S. companies on products made overseas and then sold in the United States. Combined with Biden’s proposed 28% corporate tax rate, the plan means companies would pay a 30.8% tax rate on any such profits, Biden’s campaign said.
  • A 10% “Made in America” tax credit meant to spur job creation. The credit would be available to companies that invest in reopening or retooling U.S. facilities or bring back manufacturing or service jobs from foreign countries.
  • Closing what the Biden campaign calls “three major offshoring loopholes” in the 2017 Republican tax law that allow companies to shield profits from U.S. taxes.

Biden also said he would sign a series of executive

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Biden energy restrictions would mean 1M jobs lost, more foreign oil imports, trade group warns

Banning natural gas and oil development on public lands and waters would cost Americans approximately 1 million jobs by 2022 and force the U.S. to import significantly more foreign oil, a top oil and natural gas industry group claimed in a new analysis on Wednesday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s climate plan includes “banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters” in favor of renewables like wind power.


Mike Sommers, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said there is “far too much at stake” for a federal leasing ban.

“Banning federal leasing and development on federal lands and waters would derail decades of U.S. energy progress and return us to the days of relying on foreign energy sources hostile to American interests,” Sommers said in a statement.

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Biden Prioritizes U.S. Jobs, Products In Michigan Speech

MICHIGAN — A two-pronged plan that includes focusing on building and buying American-made products was the focus of a speech Wednesday by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Warren.

Speaking to a socially distanced crowd spread across a parking lot at the United Auto Workers Region 1 headquarters, Biden spoke of maintaining and creating jobs on American soil. He also said President Donald Trump has lied throughout his presidency about promises to prioritize American jobs.

“Donald Trump makes a lot of promises,” Biden said. “He promised that he alone could stop the offshoring jobs. He promised he’d bring back jobs (and) stop companies from leaving.

“He now hopes we don’t notice what he said and won’t remember.”

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Dr. Jill Biden on Back-to-School and Being America’s First Teacher

To all the teachers and students returning to school behind a Zoom screen this September, Dr. Jill Biden sees you. While on hiatus from her English professorship at Northern Virginia Community College to campaign with her husband, the former Second Lady recently completed her online-teaching training and certification.

“I have to post by 11:59 every Sunday night. 11:30, every Sunday night, I’m still on the computer. I’m still trying to figure things out,” Dr. Biden told Vogue via Zoom on Tuesday, against the backdrop of her lush garden in Wilmington, Delaware. “I have a lot more sympathy for [my students], when I get back into the classroom, knowing just how tough it is.”

This September would have marked Dr. Biden’s 36th year in the classroom. Instead, she is stepping into the role of America’s Teacher, embarking on a listening tour with parents, teachers, and students across the country about the

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Fact-check: Biden miscues on jobs, pandemic; Trump errs on voting | Govt-and-politics

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's errant views on voting, Biden miscues

President Donald Trump speaks as he tours an emergency operations center and meets with law enforcement officers at Mary D. Bradford High School, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis.

TRUMP, on Wisconsin officials and the National Guard: “Once they responded and once we took, you know, control of it, things went really well.” — remarks in Kenosha on Tuesday.

TRUMP: “One of the reasons I’m making the trip today and going to Wisconsin is we’ve had such a big success in shutting down what would be, right now, a city — that would’ve been Kenosha — a city that would’ve been burnt to the ground by now. … And it all stopped immediately upon the National Guard’s arrival.” — remarks Tuesday before visiting Wisconsin.

THE FACTS: Not true. He had nothing to do with the deployment of the National Guard in Wisconsin. The federal government never “took

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Biden drilling ban would cost 1M jobs and cause $700B drop in GDP: Industry study

Joe Biden’s pledge to block oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters would force the United States to rely more on foreign energy sources, cost nearly 1 million jobs by 2022, and cause carbon emissions to increase by prompting a rebound in coal.

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That’s according to a study Wednesday from the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry’s largest trade group.


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The study does not name Biden, but the Democratic nominee has consistently pledged to ban new federal oil and gas leasing and development on public lands and waters.

It’s one of the centerpieces of his agenda to tackle climate change.

API’s study, prepared by the energy consulting firm OnLocation, finds a federal drilling ban would cause U.S. GDP to fall by a cumulative $700 billion through 2030. U.S. oil imports would increase by 2 million barrels a day, while

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