Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the U.S. Department of Education building on July 8, 2020. DeVos resigned her position Thursday.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the U.S. Department of Education building on July 8, 2020. DeVos resigned her position Thursday.
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Federal Betsy DeVos Resigns a Day After Pro-Trump Mob Storms U.S. Capitol
One of the president's longest-serving cabinet members, DeVos had previously denounced the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington.
Andrew Ujifusa & Evie Blad, January 7, 2021
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Federal Opinion An Exit Interview With Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Secretary DeVos shares some thoughts with Rick on her experiences, what she learned in office, and what advice she’d offer her successor.
Rick Hess, December 15, 2020
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Image of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits a classroom at the Edward Hynes Charter School in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visits a classroom at the Edward Hynes Charter School in New Orleans in October 2018.
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Policy & Politics How Betsy DeVos Bent the Nation’s Education Debate in Four Tense Years
President Donald Trump’s education secretary decried big government in schools, but wound up keeping her agency at center stage.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 14, 2020
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at the Phoenix International Academy in Phoenix.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released guidance about the coronavirus pandemic's on state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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Federal DeVos' Team Has Left Biden a Policy Blueprint Several of Her Critics Support
Guidance from the Trump administration about accountability requirements has gotten support from groups frequently critical of Betsy DeVos.
Andrew Ujifusa, November 23, 2020
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has accused some states of falling down on the job in using pandemic relief money for schools.
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Education Funding DeVos and States Clash on Whether COVID-19 Aid Is Just 'Sitting in the Bank'
A new data tool shows schools had spent a small share of CARES Act money months after the law passed, but what that means is disputed.
Andrew Ujifusa, November 20, 2020
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Federal 'Bye Betsy' and More: Education World Reacts to Biden Victory
Many educators celebrated Biden's win by waving goodbye to Betsy DeVos as K-12 groups urged the next administration to address key issues.
Andrew Ujifusa, November 7, 2020
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Federal How Betsy DeVos' Teacher Grants Boost Donald Trump's Economic Agenda
The teacher and principal grants also highlight how presidential administrations can make their mark on education funding in various ways.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 1, 2020
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Federal Betsy DeVos Admits Defeat in Legal Battle Over Coronavirus Aid
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said her department won't appeal a decision from a federal court that voided her controversial rule involving COVID-19 relief and private school students.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 25, 2020
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Federal Government Watchdog Finds Fault With Trump's School Reopening Push
A new GAO report faults the Trump administration for inconsistent guidance on reopening schools and says a push for in-person learning was "misaligned with risk-based decision making."
Evie Blad, September 22, 2020
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Federal DeVos Hopeful School Choice Funding Will Be Included in COVID-19 Relief Bill
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes for tax credits for private school scholarships and funding for families to pay tuition or buy educational materials.
Evie Blad, September 17, 2020
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Federal Judge Strikes Down DeVos Rule on COVID-19 Relief Funds in Nationwide Order
A federal judge struck down a rule that required public schools to direct a larger share of coronavirus relief to private schools.
Evie Blad, September 5, 2020
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Federal DeVos Appoints New Leader of African-American Education Initiative
Terris Todd, a former teacher and school administrator in the Battle Creek, Mich., schools, is the ethnic vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party.
Corey Mitchell, August 27, 2020
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President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during a roundtable discussion on the Federal Commission on School Safety Report at the White House in December 2018.
President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during a roundtable discussion on the Federal Commission on School Safety Report at the White House in December 2018.
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Social Studies Trump Targets History Class as Well as School Choice in Bid for Second Term
As the president accepts his party’s nomination, his messaging reflects a bundle of priorities, from getting schools back open and pushing school choice to the hot-button issue of how American history is taught.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 26, 2020
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Federal Second Judge Blocks DeVos' Virus Relief Rule, Calls Her Reasoning 'Jiggery-Pokery'
U.S. District Court Judge James Donato wrote that the Trump administration's coronavirus relief rule about private school studentsis "manifestly not in the public interest."
Andrew Ujifusa, August 26, 2020
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