Culture secretary plays down reports BBC critics were offered top jobs



a sign on the side of a building: Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters


© Provided by The Guardian
Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has declined to confirm a report that two close allies of Boris Johnson could be parachuted in to head the BBC and Ofcom, but argued that the BBC needed to expand its scope beyond “narrow, metropolitan areas” of the UK.



a store inside of a building: ‘What we’re looking for is a strong, big person who can hold the BBC to account,’ said Dowden.


© Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters
‘What we’re looking for is a strong, big person who can hold the BBC to account,’ said Dowden.

Dowden said it was too early to comment on the possibility of former Telegraph editor Charles Moore being made BBC chairman, and the ex-editor of the Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, becoming head of Ofcom, the media regulator.

The Sunday Times reported the appointments of Moore and Dacre, who are both rightwing Brexiters with strong scepticism about the BBC, were sought by Johnson, and were set to be announced imminently.

Both had been personally approached by

Read More

S.D. education secretary holds pandemic calls each week with K-12 school superintendents

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Weekly talks with heads of South Dakota’s K-12 districts about COVID-19 are open to a state panel that sets regulations for the school systems, the state education secretary said Monday.

Ben Jones told the state Board of Education Standards at its meeting in Aberdeen that approximately 140 to 190 superintendents and others participate in the calls each Thursday. He said the calls had been daily last spring.

The board’s president, former teacher Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City, said board members would like to be able to answer more than “I don’t know” when people ask about South Dakota schools during the pandemic.

“We can certainly do that,” Jones said. He said it was good to have students back in the classrooms taking courses face to face with teachers this fall semester. Classrooms shut down in March and schools switched to online courses to finish spring semester.

Read More

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under investigation for potential Hatch Act violation: report

The Office of the Special Counsel has started investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act for her comments during an interview with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum, according to Politico.

During the interview on “The Story”, DeVos had been asked about Biden’s promise to roll back her school choice policies.

“Today he’s turned his back on the kids that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the teachers union and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s really shameful,” DeVos said.

The interview was then promoted through the official channels of the Department of Education, according to an email shared by the outlet.

EDUCATION SECRETARY DEVOS WARNS ABOUT WAVE OF PRIVATE SCHOOL CLOSINGS: ‘THAT’S A CRISIS IN THE MAKING’

The complaint, shared by Politico, alleges that DeVos’ comment “attacked Democratic Presidential Candidate Vice President Joe Biden and

Read More

Science and Technology Minister Chu Ngoc Anh appointed Hanoi’s Vice Party Secretary

Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh has become Vice Party Secretary of Hanoi after the appointment decision of the Politburo was announced on September 18.

Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh was born in 1965 in Hanoi. He holds a PhD degree in physics. He is a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (12th tenure).

Bộ trưởng KH-CN Chu Ngọc Anh làm Phó Bí thư Thành uỷ Hà Nội

Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Organizing Commission Pham Minh Chinh hands the decision of the Politburo to Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh

From 1988 to 1995, he was a lecturer at the Institute for Technical Physics under the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology.

From 1995 to 1997 he worked at the Science and Technology Advances Application Company – MITEC under the Ministry of Industry and Environment and the Institute of Posts and Telecommunications Technology under the General Department of Posts.

From 1997

Read More

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,

Read More

Secretary of Education DeVos meets with families, officials at Bedford school

Secretary of Education DeVos meets with families, officials at Bedford school


Hide Transcript
Show Transcript

BEDFORD SCHOOLS TODAY, BUT PLANS FOR ONE OF THOSE EVENTS WAS CANCELED AFTER A NEW CORONAVIRUS CASE WAS CONFIRMED. U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION BETSY DEVOS MAKING A TRIP TO BEDFORD’S RIDDLE BROOK ELEMENTARY TO MEET WITH SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS, TEACHERS, AND FAMILIES TO DISCUSS REOPENING DURING COVID-19. SEC. DEVOS: IT IS REALLY ENCOURAGING TO HEAR ABOUT HO THEY WORKED NON-STOP, SINCE THE SCHOOLS CLOSED DOWN IN MARCH, TO BE BACK TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY, WHERE KIDS ARE IN THE CLASSROOM. TYLER: DEVOS HAS PUSHED FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS AMERIC TO FULLY REOPEN, WITH IN-PERSON LEARNING, AND THREATENED TO PULL FEDERAL FUNDING FROM THOSE THAT DON’T, SUPPORTING SCHOOL CHOICE OPTIONS INSTEAD. SEC. DEVOS: THERE’S MORE EVIDENCE TODAY THAN SIX MONTHS AGO EVEN THAT GIVING FAMILIES AND PARENTS AND

Read More

Skydweller Aero CEO to Join Space Roundtable with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar

TULSA, Okla., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Skydweller Aero Inc. CEO Dr. Robert Miller will participate in an “Innovation in Space” roundtable alongside NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Under Secretary for Science Paul Dubbar, Oklahoma EPSCOR State Program Director Dr. Jerry R. Malayer, Oklahoma State University’s Dr. Jerry R. Malayer and representatives from University of Tulsa.

“We are honored to be representing the private sector alongside top industry and academic leaders in a fascinating discussion about the future of space science and technology,” said Skydweller Aero Inc. CEO Dr. Robert Miller. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the United States, as private companies collaborate with NASA and DOE to further the development of life-changing technology that has reignited our country’s commitment to aerospace science.”

This event will explore new opportunities to collaborate between agencies and across the private sector and academia to accelerate and maintain the United States’ leadership in

Read More

Obama education secretary on Trump and DeVos

Arne Duncan makes his last speech as the U.S. Secretary of Education on Dec. 30, 2015 in the basement of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, Ill. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Arne Duncan makes his last speech as the U.S. Secretary of Education on Dec. 30, 2015 in the basement of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, Ill. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Arne Duncan served as secretary of education under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015. Today Duncan is advocating for #BackToSchoolSolutions, a new community-oriented campaign founded by Arianna Huffington aimed at sourcing first-hand stories and ideas for how communities can help U.S. children this back-to-school season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duncan tells Yahoo Finance that the burden of finding solutions for schools amid the pandemic is falling to those at the local level as a result of a “lack of leadership” from the federal government. 

“I think the innovation, the creativity, the solutions, or the answers are all going to come at the local level, and it shouldn’t have to be that way. Frankly, this pandemic

Read More

PTA clashes with education secretary on admissions changes

Updated

Read More

Secretary of Defense Remarks for DOD Artificial Intelligence Symposium and Exposition > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Speech

Hello, I’m Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and it’s a privilege to join you today as part of the Defense Department’s AI Symposium. I want to thank Nand Mulchandani and his team at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC, for organizing this important event…AND for bringing together the best and brightest minds in the Department who are working to accelerate the adoption of critical emerging technologies.

Today, I’d like to speak to you about why the United States must continue to lead the way in the responsible and ethical development of artificial intelligence – and more specifically, why the Department of Defense must remain at the forefront of the military application of this game-changing technology.

History informs us that those who are first to harness once-in-a-generation technologies often have a decisive advantage on the battlefield for years to come. I experienced this firsthand during Operation Desert Storm, when the

Read More