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March 15, 2018

Betsy DeVos’ USDOE Issues a Top-Down, Forged, “Collective Bargaining” Edict for USDOE Employees

On March 12, 2018, Betsy DeVos’ US Department of Education (USDOE) issued a “collective bargaining agreement” that affects the USDOE’s 4,000 employees– without actually negotiating the contract with the union that represents those employees, the American Federation of Government Employees Council 252 [AFGE]. The March 15, 2018, Intercept reports: On Friday, management officials at the Education Department […]

March 12, 2018

Betsy DeVos Tries to Tweet Her Own Vindication after Terrible 60 Minutes Interview.

On March 11, 2018, US ed sec Betsy DeVos crashed and burned in her interview with Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes. The kindest way to describe DeVos’ performance is to say she was woefully (shamefully?) unprepared. The less-kind way is to say that DeVos is a plutocratic ideologue who sees no reason to investigate any issue […]

March 8, 2018

DeVos Rebukes State Chiefs for “Bare Minimum” ESSA Plans

On March 05, 2018, US ed sec Betsy DeVos spoke at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). It is the longest DeVos speech I have seen to date, and I have read many of her speeches. DeVos spends much of her speech rebuking state ed commissioners for aiming for the bare minimum in […]

February 13, 2018

John White Defends Test-Punitive Ed Reform Against “Critic” Betsy DeVos

On January 16, 2018, US ed sec Betsy DeVos spoke to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) about the failure of ed reform to date, and the need for a cure: to go “bigger” than choice, to, well, a form of unbounded choice: Choice in education is not when a student picks a different classroom in […]

January 29, 2018

Status-Quo-Breaking Betsy DeVos Lectures Mayors and Assigns Homework.

On January 25, 2018, US ed sec Betsy DeVos spoke to the US Conference of Mayors. As Caitlin Emma noted on Twitter, DeVos prevented press from attending: DeVos will address @usmayors conference tomorrow, but it's closed press "at the request of the secretary," a conference spokeswoman said: — Caitlin Emma (@caitlinzemma) January 24, 2018 […]

December 27, 2017

DeVos’ Sliding Scale of Debt Relief for Defrauded Corinthian College Students

On December 20, 2017, US Department of Education (USDOE) issued this press release concerning how it plans to handle the borrower’s defense claims of roughly 20,000 students who filed said claims related to being defrauded by (and facing debt collection related to) now-defunct, for-profit fraudster, Corinthian Colleges. In short, US ed sec Betsy DeVos has somehow decided that […]

December 4, 2017

Betsy DeVos’ Tough Spot: Trump Cabinet Member

On November 30, 2017, Betsy DeVos spoke at Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) annual meeting (Nashville, TN). I blogged about it on December 01, 2017. In her speech to an audience of conservative allies, DeVos commented that she is “not going anywhere”: Well, I do have a bit of bad news to […]

December 1, 2017

Betsy DeVos Belatedly Discovers the 1983 Report, A Nation At Risk, and Gallup

On November 30, 2017, US ed sec Betsy DeVos addressed Jeb Bush’s ed reform organization, Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), at its national summit in Nashville, Tennessee. DeVos was on the FEE board of directors until she was nominated for US secretary of education, and according to the Orlando Sentinel, DeVos, who owns a […]

November 28, 2017

Betsy DeVos Wants Students to Borrow Money Using Their iPhones

On November 28, 2017, US ed sec Betsy DeVos spoke at a training conference for financial aid officers. When it comes to students’ career paths, DeVos wants (wait for it…) choice. When it comes to borrowing the money, though, DeVos throws choice out of the window because it’s too confusing, wasteful, ad complicated. She uses […]

November 18, 2017

DeVos Won’t Publicize a School Voucher Downside, But It’s Leaking Out Anyway

US ed sec Betsy DeVos is willing to exploit individual stories to promote school choice. She wants to sell school choice no matter what, and she conceals any downside to that choice. Consider this story from Chalkbeat. It concerns a couple whose son DeVos used as an example of the wonders of school choice for […]