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.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pauses while speaking with the media on July 13, 2017, in Washington.
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A Commentary by 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. (December 8, 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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Here's a breakdown of what could happen to key Education Department offices if the Trump administration's plan to combine the two agencies ever gets off the ground.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Following a trip to Europe, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reflects on how we should restructure education at home.
June 28, 2018 – Education Week
President Donald Trump has sought to roll back much of his predecessor's legacy. Here's a guide to some key Obama-era initiatives, guidance, and regulations and how they've fared so far.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
If U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos scraps the long-standing federal office that supports English-learners, a broad community of advocates and experts, including two former directors of the office, warn the move could harm students who already lag their peers on every academic measure.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got a glimpse at at school choice, career-tech education, and more in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Nearly half of the states have been given wiggle room in complying with a provision reserving alternative tests for students with the most-severe cognitive disabilities.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
The panel’s purview was spending, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was peppered with questions about school safety, undocumented immigrant students, and Every Student Succeeds Act.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Speakers at a sometimes-emotional meeting of the federal commission floated dozens of proposals for preventing the next school shooting, many centered on mental-health resources and gun restrictions.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Three advocacy organizations say that the Education Department's office for civil rights can't simply ignore the complaints of those who have filed serial complaints and must investigate first.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
House Democrats and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sparred over civil rights and ESSA, but largely avoided controversial questions about school safety in the aftermath of the Texas high school shooting last week.
May 30, 2018 – Education Week

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