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: 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. (June 28, 2018)

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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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With newly empowered Democrats in charge of the House education committee, expect the education secretary to testify more on Capitol Hill as she and other Trump education officials go under the microscope.
November 14, 2018 – Education Week
A review of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' calendar shows she met with far more Republican members of Congress, governors, and state chiefs than Democratic ones in her first year and a half in office.
November 1, 2018 – Education Week
There are four practical lessons for avoiding past administrations' education pitfalls, write Fredrick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week
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 10, 2018 – Education Week
Disproportionate discipline in special education is a serious problem, but there are remedies, write Lauren Morando Rhim and Stephanie Lancet.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
While state education chiefs praised the Every Student Succeeds Act for giving them new flexibility, Democratic senators said using federal money to arm teachers would be a terrible mistake.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
Candidates seek to use the education secretary and the Trump administration’s education policies as ammunition against challengers in this year’s midterm elections.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has the tools to hold states' feet to the fire on implementation of the federal K-12 law, but advocates remain wary about how aggressively her team will use them.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
The issue was named ahead of criminal justice, voting rights, freedom of expression, and enforcement by many advisory group members surveyed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
September 19, 2018 – Education Week
If Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, expect them to focus heavily on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' civil rights record.
September 19, 2018 – Education Week

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