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Tweets from Betsy DeVos Now Signed “-Betsy”

January 30, 2017

On January 20, 2017, Michigan billionaire and USA ed sec nominee Betsy DeVos found herself the subject of embarrassing grammatical errors related to a tweet posted on her Twitter page presumably by her.

The original tweet was corrected and posted on social media, where it made the rounds in short order:

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The “corrected” version on DeVos’ Twitter page does not include all of the corrections noted above and continues to be available as follows:

The original tweet, which included the misused term, “historical,”  was edited to include the proper term, “historic,” and was explained via the following tweet:


It seems, however, that DeVos is now delivering the message that even the “apology tweet” was not drafted by her but by staff who have been apparently placed in charge of the Betsy DeVos Twitter account.

Beginning January 23, 2017, some DeVos tweets include the tag, “-Betsy.” In addition, DeVos’ brief Twitter bio now includes the disclaimer, “Tweets from Betsy are signed ‘-Betsy.'”

So, what that means is that if the “historical” Twitter embarrassment had not occurred, then readers of DeVos’ Twitter page might still be led to believe that “-Betsy” was indeed exclusively tweeting her own tweets.

As it stands, neither Betsy DeVos nor her staff have been much into tweeting. As of this writing, DeVos has posted only 24 tweets, with her third tweet being posted on November 23, 2017– the day that Trump announced her as his nominee for US secretary of education.

Of course, that could change. DeVos now has over 63,000 followers, and, as we now know, she has staff who are tweeting for her.

But she sometimes posts her own tweets.

As of this writing, there are two *certified* -Betsy tweets.

Both are grammatically correct.

Neither concerns traditional public schools.

Betsy DeVos, advocate for public schools school choice.

Stay tuned for Tweet #25. It will not likely be supportive of traditional public schools, be it -Betsy-certified or not.

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  1. Jake Jacobs permalink

    Love how she threw the staffer under the bus instead of saying “I’m responsible because my name is on the account”. But if the learning curve for figuring out how not to embarrass yourself in a tweet is so steep for her, what will it be like when she has to pore through complex technical documents related to growth versus proficiency?

  2. John Gibbons permalink

    Alternate Tweets

  3. “Minus Betsy” sounds good to me 👌

  4. Heavens to Betsy…

  5. Public educators seem to be far left on most issues. The exception seems to be the issue regarding public education. The majority of left and right politicians, while maybe not all out for choice, certainly support non-public solutions to the failure of public education.

  6. Therlo permalink

    Um, has anyone noticed that Mr. and Mrs. DeVos look more like brother and sister?

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