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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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 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
During a trip to what's been called the "Corridor of Shame," an area that for years has been home to some of South Carolina's most underperforming school districts, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Thursday that she's impressed with developments after intervention from state officials.
February 21, 2019 – AP
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
The Education Department says it’s getting rid of language that called for investigators to dismiss multiple complaints coming from the same source, after furious objections from the civil rights community.
December 12, 2018 – Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to publish a host of new information, including data on school-by-school spending, long-term English-learners, homeless and foster students, and more.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' office for civil rights is reversing itself on several key changes to how it investigates civil rights claims that had infuriated the civil rights community.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
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

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