Betsy DeVos

The latest news about U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, including articles, opinion essays, 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.

Police keep protestors clear of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ departing motorcade after a stop at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, part of her four-state ‘Rethink School’ tour last week.
—Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

DeVos Takes Message on Southern Road Trip

A rural high school where advanced students learn from Ivy League professors—remotely. A charter school for aspiring Marines. A space flight center. Those are places that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos chose to highlight on her second back-to-school road trip. (October 9, 2018)

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08/07 05:24 pm | DeVos: Give Religious Groups Equal Consideration for Education Grants | The new U.S. Department of Education guidance creates a federal process for individuals and organizations to file complaints under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration ...

Commentaries by Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos: Tolerating Low Expectations for Children With Disabilities Must End
When it comes to educating students with special needs, "the minimum" is not an option, writes U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Betsy DeVos: How We Can Catch Up to Other Countries in Education
Following a trip to Europe, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reflects on how we should restructure education at home.

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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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The education secretary's main message to educators lately has been: Meet your obligations and don't assume the feds will remove major mandates.
August 1, 2020 – Education Week
The education secretary was an enthusiastic supporter of virtual education until President Donald Trump started putting pressure on school districts to reopen buildings and return to in-person instruction for the 2020-21 academic year.
July 27, 2020 – Education Week
The coronavirus-driven disruption of the nation’s schools demands both practical and symbolic responses from an education secretary who has endured intense scrutiny and controversy from her first days in office.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
The measure fast-tracked through Congress and signed by President Donald Trump includes regulatory flexibility and money for K-12, but states and local officials already say more is needed.
April 1, 2020 – Education Week
Democrats decry plans to slash Education Department funding and cut key programs as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defends the Trump administration's budget request.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
Common Core. School shootings. ESSA. Betsy DeVos. The past 10 years have been a whirlwind of policy upheaval, tragedy, and change for K-12 education. Here’s 10 highlights—and a bonus.
December 18, 2019 – Education Week
The education secretary has been pushing the theme of "educational freedom," a rebranding that suggests options like mixing and matching components to build an educational experience from scratch.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
A new team will be devoted full time to providing technical support to schools and districts in the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and other disasters.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Fresh research bolsters the case for more public school funding—but debate rages on how to spend it in a way that boosts achievement.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts
National and state teachers of the year got a last-minute face-to-face with President Donald Trump, but two of them refused to attend the White House event in a protest against administration policies.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week

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