Betsy DeVos

Mississippi learning: Moving beyond Betsy DeVos’ “school choice” trap

Every kid needs public investment, not a “choice” that only occasionally delivers<p>Like many Southern cities, Clinton, Mississippi, bears the scars of American slavery. A road cutting through the city’s center marks a key route used by slave traders in the decades before the Civil War. Signs across …

Education

Welcome To The Private Evangelical School Of Betsy DeVos' Dreams

Teachers sign a statement of faith and kids learn about creationism and the Bible. It's also the education secretary's inspiration.<p>It takes more than just a solid resume and stellar references to get hired at The Potter’s House, a school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The job application also requires …

Education

Ivanka Trump joins Betsy DeVos to screen ‘Hidden Figures’ and boost girls in STEM

At an event at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for local school kids “Getting Excited About STEM” on Tuesday morning, Ivanka Trump needed no introduction.<p>Or at least she didn’t get one. The powerful first daughter was announced to the crowd simply by her name, with no title — because she …

Lifestyle

What Would Trump's Proposed Cut to Teacher Funding Mean for Schools?

President Donald Trump has proposed getting rid of the Title II program, which has been around for more than a decade and aims to help districts and …

Education

Betsy DeVos is making the student debt crisis worse — here's how

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently reversed an Obama-era regulation that limited fees debt collectors could charge on student loan debt — a …

Loans

DeVos urged to help students apply for financial aid while online tool is down

Lawmakers are calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to help students complete their federal financial aid applications now that an online tool, …

College & University

Repeal of Obama's higher education regulations won't be swift process for GOP

GOP lawmakers have been clear since November's election about plans to dismantle several Obama administration higher education regulations, including …

Government

Opinion: As Americans Abandon Religion, Trump Conservatives Push Church In Schools

It seems reasonable to assume that some of Donald Trump’s support groups are not necessarily thrilled that their hero is “<i>seemingly</i>” embroiled in a …

Religion

The convenient pattern of Education Secretary DeVos’s school visits

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has toured four schools since she joined President Trump’s Cabinet in early February, and there’s a curious pattern to the visits.<p>These are the schools she visited:<p>Feb. 10 — Jefferson Middle School Academy, a traditional public school in Washington<p>March 3 — St. …

Education

Betsy DeVos: States Should Decide How Much Testing Is "Actually Necessary"

« Betsy DeVos' Second Visit to a Public School Sparks Protests | Main<p>U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a televised interview that it …

Education

This Week In Education: Supreme Court Rules On Special Ed; Senator Slams Vouchers

No rest for the weary in our weekly roundup of national education news.<p><b>Supreme Court rules on special education case</b><p>"I'm thrilled," said Amanda Morin, a parent and advocate with the web site Understood.org, after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a case that could affect 6.5 million special …

Education

Concerned Second-Grader Sends Heartfelt Letter To Betsy DeVos About Her Public School

Eight-year-old Willa wanted the secretary of education to know exactly how she feels about her school.<p>A second-grader who loves her public school and …

Education

The problem with DeVos' education agenda

Newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire, has used her considerable wealth to promote charter school expansion in …

Education

Betsy DeVos' Second Visit to a Public School Sparks Protests

« Where in the World Is Betsy DeVos? Track Her School Visits With Our New Tool | Main<p><i>Bethesda, Md.</i><p>U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' second …

Education

Eva Moskowitz talks about Betsy DeVos, vouchers, discipline — and how the ‘tide is turning’ for charter schools

As news spread last fall that Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, was being considered for education secretary by …

Education

Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate amid bathroom rape case

A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America.<p>Protesters on both sides of the debate converged on a …

Immigration

Where in the World Is Betsy DeVos? Track Her School Visits With Our New Tool

« Watch John King Talk Vouchers, Trump Budget in Facebook Live Interview | Main<p>Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made big news—twice—the first time …

Education

Hogan visits Montgomery Count school with U.S. Education Secretary DeVos

Governor Larry Hogan popped into a Montgomery County elementary school Thursday morning to read some Dr. Seuss, sharing the job with one of the Trump …

Education

Trump the Destroyer

It's like the campaign never ended. It's the same all-Trump, all-the-time madness, only exponentially worse.<p>Morning, February 24th, National Harbor, …

Trump Administration

This Student Is Suing His School For Allowing Transgender People to Use the Bathrooms

And his lawyers are backed by Betsy Devos.<p>A cisgender teen is suing his school district because he has to use the same bathroom as a transgender student, and his lawyers are connected to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.<p><i>BuzzFeed</i> reports an unnamed teen, who went by Joel Doe in his lawsuit, is suing …

Equality

Betsy DeVos’s “School Choice” Fallacy

As Senator Patty Murray tells it, Luke was a middle-school boy who used a private school voucher program to attend Manatee Learning Academy in …

Education

The Time Betsy DeVos Was Confronted by the Parents of Trans Kids

Karen Dolan was a bit of a wreck when she went to meet Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos earlier this month. Just weeks earlier, the Trump …

LGBTQ

DeVos' Challenge: Tuning Her Message as New Education Secretary

After a rough start on the communications front, Betsy DeVos faces a steep climb to get her points across to the public while settling into her …

Education

Betsy DeVos Stresses That She Supports 'Great Public Schools'

« What Does Trump's Proposed Budget Mean for Schools? (Video) | Main<p>| No comments<p>U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently spoke at the …

Education

Trump does his hires no favors: The ordeal of an ethical public servant

This is a story of no good deed going unpunished. Robert S. Eitel did everything you’d want a public servant to do. An attorney in the Education Department of the George W. Bush administration, he was contacted in December about coming on board in a temporary capacity to provide guidance to the new …

Ethics

How Betsy DeVos Could End the School-Integration Comeback

Federal attention to classroom diversity made a resurgence in the final months of the Obama administration. Will the established programs peter out?<p>Under President Trump, the federal role in education is set to be drastically curtailed. Last Thursday, Trump proposed slashing federal spending on …

Education

Betsy DeVos: Trump budget will protect 'vulnerable' students despite $9B cut

President Donald Trump's budget proposal, which would ax Department of Education funding by $9 billion, protects the "nation's most vulnerable …

Education

Neil Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing: 5 things to watch for as Trump SCOTUS pick testifies

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to fill Antonin Scalia's empty seat on the Supreme Court, will face the Senate at 11 a.m. Monday …

Trump Administration

Betsy DeVos Emphasizes Choice and Flexibility to State Education Leaders

« Survey: State Board Members Feel Buoyed By ESSA Authority | Main<p><i>Washington</i><p>U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered what's become her …

Education

Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump give lenders the go-ahead to soak students for thousands in late fees

Donald Trump’s Education Department has swung into action on student debt … to make things worse for students and better for predatory lenders. The …

Loans