BETSY DEVOS/COVID-19/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos just got to the official end of the line with her efforts to divert $16 million in public school COVID-relief funding to private schools. U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California James Donato signed a permanent injunction–made public Monday [Nov. 16, 2020] – that will […]

Read More… from 11/16/2020


2020 ELECTION/BETSY DEVOS/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/EDUCATION/JOE BIDEN/VOTING: “It’s time we replace Secretary Betsy DeVos with an actual public school educator — one who values our public schools and is capable of guiding all of our schools through this pandemic. Vote: http://iwillvote.com RT@thehill DeVos says it isn’t Department of Education’s job to track schools’ coronavirus reopening plans http://hill.cm/XP2kHHV“ ––Joe […]

Read More… from 10/21/2020


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos haven’t stepped up. And we’re all seeing the result: Millions of students are now starting a new school year the same way they finished the last one – at home… And we’re all concerned about making sure COVID-19 doesn’t further exacerbate the disparities that already […]

Read More… from 9/2/2020


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/JOE BIDEN: “Our students and educators deserve better than four more years of Betsy DeVos. It’s time for a Secretary of Education who is actually a public school educator.” -Joe Biden, Twitter.com, July 28, 2020 10:34 AM […]

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BETSY DEVOS/EDUCTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Wednesday [6-26-19] that education has not been a main agenda item for President Donald Trump but that he’s been supportive of her agency’s work…DeVos’ relationship with Trump was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year after the controversy over proposed funding cuts for the Special Olympics. […]

Read More… from 6/26/2019


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Trump administration has enlisted several outside consultants to examine the costs of the Education Department’s $1.5 trillion student loan portfolio and has considered options for selling off some of the debt to private investors, according to federal procurement records and department officials. The Education Department last month hired FI Consulting, an […]

Read More… from 5/2/2019


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has presented the National Teacher of the Year award to a Virginia educator who teaches at a juvenile detention center. DeVos on Monday [4-29-19] honored Rodney Robinson and the state Teacher of the Year winners at a White House ceremony. Robinson teaches at a school inside the […]

Read More… from 4/29/2019


BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Trump administration’s now-abandoned plan to eliminate $17.6 million in federal funding for the Special Olympics is looking like a boon for the nonprofit. Rather than cutting off the Special Olympics from all federal money, lawmakers are weighing a possible increase for the fifth year in a row as high-profile advocates rally […]

Read More… from 4/1/2019


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After a two-day thrashing over her department’s proposal to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sat before senators on Thursday ready to defend it again…But when President Trump triumphantly declared Thursday [3-28-19] evening that he had ‘overridden my people’ and saved the Special Olympics, Ms. DeVos seemed […]

Read More… from 3/29/2019


BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/EDUCATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump said on Thursday [3-28-19] that the federal government would continue to fund the Special Olympics, reversing his administration’s decision to cut the allocated money, which his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, had been defending on Capitol Hill only hours earlier…His statement was an abrupt pivot from the stance offered […]

Read More… from 3/28/2019


BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former California First Lady Maria Shriver, whose mother founded the Special Olympics, is vowing to fight Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ latest attempt to end federal funding for the program for athletes with developmental disabilities. Shriver told POLITICO in a statement that she is ‘deeply disappointed’ in the proposal to slash nearly $18 million […]

Read More… from 3/27/2019


BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/DEMS/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “For the third year in a row, Democrats dinged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday [3-26-19] for proposing to cut funds from the Special Olympics, after-school programs and support for students from low-income families. The difference is that this time, Democrats control the House…Overall, DeVos proposed a 12% decrease in funding for […]

Read More… from 3/26/2019


BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “For the third year in a row, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed ending a loan forgiveness program for public service workers and eliminating subsidized loans for low-income students. The budget put forward this week by President Donald Trump has little chance of being accepted by Democrats who control one chamber of […]

Read More… from 3/13/2019


BETSY DEVOS/GUNS/SCHOOL SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A Trump administration school safety panel hardly touched on the role of guns in deadly school shootings in its wrap-up Tuesday [12-18-18]. Instead, the panel took a far less confrontational approach by sidestepping President Donald Trump’s call for trained teachers to carry guns and avoiding recommendations on age restrictions for […]

Read More… from 12/18/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/GUNS/MINORITIES/OBAMA ADMIN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Trump administration is planning to roll back Obama-era policies aimed at ensuring that minority children are not unfairly disciplined, arguing that the efforts have eased up on punishment and contributed to rising violence in the nation’s schools, according to documents obtained by The New York Times. The decision culminates a […]

Read More… from 12/17/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/SPENDING/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ security detail is projected to cost up to $7.74 million from now through the end of September 2019, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service told POLITICO on Tuesday [10-2-18] night. The Marshals Service said the final cost of protection for DeVos in fiscal 2018 was $6.79 million. […]

Read More… from 10/2/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Latest on the effort by the Trump administration to delay Obama-era efforts to protect students defrauded by for-profit schools. (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The Trump administration is asking the court for another chance to delay an Obama-era policy meant to boost protections for students defrauded by for-profit schools. The […]

Read More… from 9/14/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “An analysis by the Education Department has found that its proposed new rules for handling allegations of sexual misconduct on campus would substantially decrease the number of investigations by colleges and school districts into complaints of sexual harassment, assault and rape, and save educational institutions millions of dollars over the next decade. […]

Read More… from 9/11/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/GUNS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos signaled on Friday [8-31-18] that she does not plan to take action over the purchase of guns for schools using federal funds. In a letter to Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, DeVos wrote, ‘Let me be […]

Read More… from 8/31/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/GUNS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Friday [8-31-18] that she would not stand in the way of states that want to use federal grants to purchase guns for schools, emphasizing that it’s a decision for local officials to make…DeVos’ letter comes as Democrats and some education groups had asked the Trump administration […]

Read More… from 8/31/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new policies on campus sexual misconduct that would bolster the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, reduce liability for institutions of higher education and encourage schools to provide more support for victims. The proposed rules, obtained by The New York Times, narrow […]

Read More… from 8/29/2018


AFRICAN AMERICANS/BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos allegedly said the students who booed her May 2017 commencement speech at a historically black college didn’t have the ‘capacity to understand’ what she wants to accomplish, according to the tell-all book by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. Manigault Newman describes DeVos’ comments […]

Read More… from 8/14/2018


BETSY DEVOS/CIVIL RIGHTS/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Three national civil rights organizations sued the Education Department on Thursday [5-31-18] over new procedures that allow its Office for Civil Rights to dismiss complaints that it determines to be burdensome or a drain on the department’s resources. The National Federation of the Blind, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, […]

Read More… from 5/31/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/RELIGION/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a lifelong advocate of Christian education, moved on Wednesday [5-9-18] to loosen federal regulations on religious colleges and universities, after a Supreme Court decision that restricted states from denying some kinds of aid to religious institutions. The measure is part of a sweeping deregulatory agenda for the […]

Read More… from 5/9/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Since Hurricane Maria’s deadly rampage last September, the Education Department has doled out tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in disaster relief to colleges and universities supposedly affected by last year’s hurricanes. Only a fraction has gone to institutions where the storm had its most profound impact: Puerto Rico. Instead, elite […]

Read More… from 5/1/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/MELANIA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “First lady Melania Trump started a conversation on emotions at the White House on Monday afternoon, hosting 13 local middle school students in the Blue Room for an intimate listening session on the issues they face at school, at home and with their friends. Joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who briefly […]

Read More… from 4/9/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held sessions with supporters and detractors of an Obama-era school-discipline policy on Wednesday [4-4-18] amid signs the department is weighing the rule’s repeal. The 2014 discipline policy, developed jointly by the Education and Justice departments, directed schools to ensure that they didn’t disproportionately punish black and Hispanic […]

Read More… from 4/4/2018


BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/CONGRESS/GOP/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Congress just gave Education Secretary Betsy DeVos everything she didn’t want: a bigger budget and a guarantee that certain department offices wouldn’t be cut. Mrs. DeVos had sought significant cuts to both the department’s budget and staff. But Congress didn’t go along with her plans in the big spending bill that it […]

Read More… from 3/30/2018


BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will go before a House panel on Tuesday [3-20-18] to defend her agency’s budget, including a sweeping overhaul of the Education Department that has strained relations within her agency and with Congress — and defies the White House’s budget office. In recent weeks, Ms. DeVos has clashed fiercely […]

Read More… from 3/20/2018


AFRICAN-AMERICAN/BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When Erin Rathke, the principal at Justice Page Middle School, is called to extract a student from class, she hears the same plea over and over again, most often, she has to admit, from black children: ‘The teacher only sees me.’ The plea weighs heavily at Justice Page, where African-American students […]

Read More… from 3/18/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday [3-12-18] criticized President Donald Trump’s use of vulgarity on the campaign trail to mock NBC News anchor Chuck Todd, pointing to ‘an opportunity and responsibility to be examples to our kids.’ While campaigning Saturday in western Pennsylvania for GOP congressional candidate Rick Saccone, Trump mocked […]

Read More… from 3/12/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/MEDIA: “Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbled her way through a tense interview on CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ Sunday [3-11-18] night, struggling to answer some basic questions about schools in her home state of Michigan and admitting that she does not ‘intentionally’ visit underperforming schools. ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lesley Stahl asked DeVos if in […]

Read More… from 3/12/2018


BETSY DEVOS/DEMS/EDUCATION: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been approving state plans that don’t specifically measure the performance of minority students, arguing there is no requirement for the plans to do so but prompting Democratic allegations that she is violating a 2015 education law. The law, passed on a bipartisan basis, contains several provisions championed by […]

Read More… from 3/7/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/POLITICS: “The majority of states now have the green light from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to begin implementing a sweeping federal law passed in 2015 to replace the much-maligned No Child Left Behind law. But state and federal education policymakers are running into a surprising source of opposition: governors. Ms. DeVos has approved 35 […]

Read More… from 2/11/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION: “When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos began rolling back regulations to curb the predatory practices of for-profit colleges, critics seethed that the Trump administration was throwing yet another lifeline to a rapacious industry — in this case, one that sees vulnerable undergraduates as nothing more than moneymaking targets. Henry N. Tisdale, the president of […]

Read More… from 1/12/2018


BETSY DEVOS/CONFLICT OF INTERESTS/EDUCATION: “A company that once had financial ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was one of two firms selected Thursday [1-11-18] by the U.S. Department of Education to help the agency collect overdue student loans. The deal could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The decision to award contracts to Windham […]

Read More… from 1/11/2018


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION: “For years, Betsy DeVos traveled the country — and opened her checkbook — as she worked as a conservative advocate to promote the expansion of voucher programs that allow parents to use taxpayer funds to send their children to private and religious schools. A detailed look at the first six months of Ms. […]

Read More… from 10/27/2017


BETSY DEVOS/DEMS/EDUCATION/LEGAL: “A group of 18 Democratic attorneys general is suing the Trump administration over its oversight of for-profit colleges, saying that the Education Department’s refusal to enforce a regulation punishing predatory career programs ‘leaves students vulnerable to exploitation and fraud.’ Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has made a rollback of President Obama’s higher education […]

Read More… from 10/17/2017


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has touted online learning as a school-choice solution for rural America, saying that virtual charter schools provide educational options that wouldn’t otherwise exist. But in Pennsylvania, an early adopter where more than 30,000 kids log into virtual charter schools from home most days, the graduation rate is a dismal […]

Read More… from 10/8/2017


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION: “The federal government is pumping $253 million into the expansion and creation of charter schools, with hopes of helping students in low-income communities. The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday [9-28-17] announced Charter Schools Program grants. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says the funding will provide students with more education options. Nine […]

Read More… from 9/28/2017


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION: “Colleges can now apply a higher standard of proof when determining guilt in sexual misconduct cases and must offer equal opportunity for the accused and accuser to have legal advisers participate in their hearings, according to interim recommendations issued by the U.S. Department of Education on Friday [9-22-17]. The guidelines, delivered in the […]

Read More… from 9/22/2017


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos flies on her private jet for official business and pays all her own travel expenses as well as the travel costs of the federal marshals who accompany her, the Education Department confirmed to POLITICO on Thursday [9-21-17]… ‘The secretary neither seeks, nor accepts, any reimbursement for her flights, nor […]

Read More… from 9/21/2017


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION: “US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is planning to make a major announcement on Title IX, the campus gender equality law, on Thursday [9-7-17] at George Mason University, BuzzFeed News has learned. DeVos will speak at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School, named for the late conservative Supreme Court justice, according to a […]

Read More… from 9/4/2017


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION: “After barely surviving her confirmation battle and facing sporadic protests during visits to schools, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could hardly have teed up a more fraught, emotional and divisive issue to launch her tenure: campus sexual assault. Though almost no one is happy with the Obama administration’s efforts to prod colleges and universities […]

Read More… from 8/10/2017


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/LOBBYING: “Early this year, Charlotte School of Law looked ready to collapse. The government had cut off the private equity-backed, for-profit law school’s access to federal student loans, determining in a review that it had violated federal law and misled students, allegations the school denied. But for a school that more than nine in […]

Read More… from 8/2/2017


BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION: “Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced her intent to transform how Federal Student Aid (FSA) provides customer service to more than 42 million student loan borrowers… The anticipated FSA Next Generation Processing and Servicing Environment will provide for a single data processing platform to house all student loan information while at […]

Read More… from 8/1/2017


DEBT/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “One of the nine companies that manages the federal government’s $1.2 trillion portfolio of education loans is fighting to stop the Education Department from handing the job to a single contractor. The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, commonly known as MOHELA, filed a protest this month with the Government Accountability Office over […]

Read More… from 7/18/2017


EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “The letters have come in to her office by the hundreds, heartfelt missives from college students, mostly men, who had been accused of rape or sexual assault. Some had lost scholarships. Some had been expelled. A mother stumbled upon her son trying to take his own life, recalled Candice E. Jackson, the […]

Read More… from 7/12/2017


EDUCATION/LEGAL/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “A group of 19 state attorneys general are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for delaying an overhaul of rules to erase the federal student debt of borrowers defrauded by colleges… The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday [7-6-17], accuses the Education Department, which did not immediately respond to requests for […]

Read More… from 7/6/2017


EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “This month, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. Yet data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules have proved more effective at shutting down bad college […]

Read More… from 6/30/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “Students who received publicly funded vouchers in Indiana and Louisiana appeared to lose significant academic ground in the first two years after switching to private schools but then caught up to their public-school counterparts in subsequent years, according to two studies made public Monday [6-26-17]. The studies do not show that vouchers […]

Read More… from 6/26/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said this week she plans to appoint Arthur Wayne Johnson, the chief executive of a private student loan company, to run the federal government’s trillion-dollar financial aid operations. The announcement Tuesday [6-21-17] did not mention Johnson’s role as founder and chief executive of Reunion Student Loan Finance Corporation, […]

Read More… from 6/21/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “The Trump administration is delaying new rules that would erase the federal loan debt of student borrowers cheated by for-profit colleges. The announcement by the Education Department on Wednesday came just weeks before the rules, finalized during the Obama administration, were to take effect on July 1. The new rules stood to […]

Read More… from 6/14/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday [6-13-17] that criticism of her position on discrimination in schools is ‘hurtful’ and ‘couldn’t be further from the truth.’ ‘I think discrimination in any form is wrong and I have said before and I’ll say again, the department is committed to ensuring that every child has […]

Read More… from 6/13/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “What exactly would a federal school voucher program look like, and would it fund schools that discriminate against students based on their gender, religion, race or sexual orientation? That question was a major flash point — once again — on Tuesday as senators in an appropriations subcommittee questioned U.S. Secretary of Education […]

Read More… from 6/6/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “Since her confirmation as the education secretary, Betsy DeVos has been the Trump cabinet member liberals love to hate, denouncing her as an out-of-touch, evangelical billionaire without the desire or capacity to protect vulnerable poor, black, immigrant, gay or transgender students. But while Ms. DeVos has been reluctant to express sympathy for […]

Read More… from 6/2/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/LGBT/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say Wednesday [5-24-17] whether she would block private schools that discriminate against LGBT students from receiving federal dollars, explaining that she believes states should have the flexibility to design voucher programs and that parents should be able to choose schools that best fit their children’s needs. […]

Read More… from 5/24/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promised Monday [5-22-17] evening that President Trump would propose ‘the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history,’ but she offered no details about the administration’s plans. Speaking in Indianapolis before a friendly audience of school voucher proponents, she instead laid out a moral case to […]

Read More… from 5/22/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “The Department of Education said Friday [5-19-17] that it will select one company to collect student debt payments on its behalf, rather than the nine contractors that currently handle the federal government’s $1.2 trillion portfolio of education loans. The decision, which would take effect once the existing contracts expire in 2019, reverses […]

Read More… from 5/19/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/PROTESTS/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “A week after President Donald Trump suggested his administration might cut $25 million in capital funding to historically black colleges and universities, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told Bethune-Cookman University’s class of 2017 that she ‘is fully committed to your success’ — a line that was met by deafening boos from the students […]

Read More… from 5/10/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/PROTESTS/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “A leading civil rights group on Monday [5-8-17] called for the resignation of top leaders at a historically black university where Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to deliver the commencement address. The NAACP Florida State Conference is urging the university president and board chairman of Bethume-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, […]

Read More… from 5/9/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP EXEC ORDERS/BETSY DEVOS: “In a move meant to follow through on promises he made to conservatives during the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to rein in federal control of education in the United States. The order, which Trump signed while flanked by Education Secretary Betsy […]

Read More… from 4/26/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BESTY DEVOS: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday [4-11-17] withdrew a series of policy memos issued by the Obama administration to strengthen consumer protections for student loan borrowers. The Education Department is in the middle of issuing new contracts to student loan servicing companies that collect payments on behalf of the agency. These middlemen […]

Read More… from 04/11/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “An unusual security arrangement for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is costing taxpayers upwards of $1 million per month. Citing a determination that ‘a threat to the secretary’s safety exists,’ the US Marshals Service said it would continue providing her a security detail, though it would not detail the nature of the threat. […]

Read More… from 04/10/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP FAMILY/TRUMP PEOPLE/WOMEN/IVANKA/BETSY DEVOS: “On Tuesday [3-28-17], presidential daughter Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. According to the Education Department, they were there to ‘highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education’ and to discuss ’empowering young women to pursue STEM-related careers.’ […]

Read More… from 3/28/2017


BUDGET/CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “Betsy DeVos, in her first extended policy address as education secretary, argued on Wednesday [3-29-17] for an expansion of school choice programs, pointing to lagging test scores and a program championed by the Obama administration that funneled billions into low-performing schools but failed to produce better academic outcomes. Speaking at the Brookings […]

Read More… from 3/29/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “What she said: DeVos said during her confirmation hearing that that she had not been involved in her family’s foundation, which has given millions of dollars to Focus on the Family, a conservative non-profit that, among other things, has pushed the benefits of conversion therapy for LGBT men and women. Democratic Sen. […]

Read More… from 3/4/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation’s highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform. But even as school choice is poised to […]

Read More… from 2/23/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “The confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos provided an inordinate amount of drama: guns and grizzlies, an all-night talkathon on the Senate floor, and Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote — and with good reason. DeVos, now confirmed as secretary of Education, is not just another inexperienced member of the president’s Cabinet. She […]

Read More… from 2/12/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE/BETSY DEVOS: “Phone calls jammed congressional switchboards. Two Republican senators defected. Democrats held a last-ditch, 24-hour Senate debate in hope of shaking loose one additional vote. But the effort was not enough to prevent Betsy DeVos from becoming U.S. secretary of Education. DeVos squeaked through the confirmation process Tuesday with the tie-breaking vote of […]

Read More… from 2/7/2017


CABINET/EDUCATION/BETSY DEVOS: “Betsy DeVos lacks basic knowledge of American schools and should not be confirmed as secretary of Education, Sen. Kamala Harris said Monday night as Democrats made a last-ditch effort to sink DeVos’ nomination… After watching DeVos’ confirmation hearing, Harris said, ‘It was clear Ms. DeVos didn’t know the difference between two basic theories […]

Read More… from 2/6/2017