Betsy DeVos

The latest news about U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, including articles, Commentaries, and special features. DeVos, a billionaire and school choice advocate, took the helm of the Education Department on Feb. 7, 2017, after unprecedented pushback and has remained a highly divisive figure.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, now in her second month at the helm of the Education Department, is still settling into her role of representing the agency in the public eye.
—Molly Riley/AP

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 policy role. (March 21, 2017)

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Map: Tracking Betsy DeVos' School Visits
Each time U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits a school, we'll mark it down on this map. We'll note the name and location of the school, whether it's a traditional public, charter, or private school, the date, and link to any of our coverage of her visit.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses her personal plane to fly around the country to tour schools and attend other work events as other Cabinet secretaries' flying habits have drawn scrutiny.
September 21, 2017 – AP
After-school programs and money to hire and train teachers win a reprieve in a bill moving through the Senate, but voucher and public school choice proposals aren’t so lucky.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently invested as much as $5.5 million in Neurocore, a company that experts say makes questionable claims based on weak scientific evidence.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
The U.S. Secretary of Education is asking the public to identify and comment on "burdensome" and "costly" regulations. An economist and a lawyer think that’s important.
July 27, 2017 – Education Week
The U.S. secretary of education is finding little traction on school choice, key personnel, or in using her megaphone to broaden the administration's K-12 audience.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
The education secretary will speak on Thursday in Denver to the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a polarizing conservative group that drafts model legislation for state lawmakers on issues including private school choice.
July 18, 2017 – Education Week
Lily Eskelsen García sat down with Education Week to talk about the National Education Association’s engagement with the U.S. secretary of education, the threat posed by a looming U.S. Supreme Court case, and the union’s new, tougher charter-school policy.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Vouchers 'Harm' Public Education
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Political prospects look dreary for the Trump administration’s plan to slash the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by 9.2 percent if the tone of recent hearings is any measure.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
There's a reason school voucher programs get less effective as they're scaled up, write two researchers.
June 16, 2017 – Education Week

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