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.

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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09/20 05:10 pm | DeVos Seeks More Civil Rights Data on Sexual Violence, Religious Harassment | The proposed changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection, which is conducted every two years, also touch on racial disparities in preschool discipline, teacher experience, and ...

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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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
You might have heard about the students who "took on" Betsy DeVos in their school paper. Now they set the record straight.
April 30, 2019 – Education Week
After weathering a political storm over the Trump administration's proposed budget at the end of March, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos continued her run of public appearances into April, and got widely varied reactions from state education leaders and from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Organized under the Special Olympics umbrella, the Unified Champion Schools program promotes meaningful connections between students with and without intellectual disabilities, using sports as a catalyst.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
The Education Department made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision in delaying an Obama-era rule that would change the way states monitor how minority students are identified and served in special education, a federal judge rules.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
The main federal office overseeing K-12 education lost nearly 14 percent of its staff between the end of the Obama administration and the midpoint of the Trump administration. States are weighing the impact.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
School districts have decisions to make about how—or whether—to change their approach to school discipline, following the Trump administration's decision last month to repeal Obama-era guidance concerning racial disparities in suspensions and expulsions.
January 16, 2019 – Education Week
The backlog of student-privacy complaints from parents goes back years, an audit found, and the department lacks basic controls and procedures.
December 12, 2018 – Education Week

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