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September 21, 2017

US Ed Sec Betsy DeVos Pays for Own Travel, But Not for Her Beefed-up Security

On September 21, 2017, the Associated Press reported (linked here via the Los Angeles Times) that US Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is using her own personal plane for those visits that she is making on behalf of her federal ed department, including her habitual visits to schools that are not traditional public schools. […]

September 7, 2017

Senate Appropriations Has No Funding for Betsy DeVos’ Private School Voucher Hopes

During his campaign for president, in September 2016, Donald Trump said that he planned to devote $20 billion toward an education block grant that would allow for unprecedented school choice; namely, portability of funding so that every student could choose to attend any school– traditional public, charter, or private. In May 2017, Trump proposed a […]

August 31, 2017

Betsy DeVos Invited to Speak at DeVos-funded MSU Research Center; Petition Against Already Circulating

It seems that US ed sec Betsy DeVos just can’t seem to advocate for the privatization of public education without also fueling public protest. The August 31, 2017, State News reports that Michigan State University (MSU) is opening a new research center, and the university invited homegrown billionaire and US ed sec Betsy DeVos as its […]

August 2, 2017

Betsy DeVos Throws Together Superintendents Meeting in Grand Rapids, Gives Appearance of Public Involvement

If I were US secretary of education, and I really wanted to interact with public school superintendents in my home state, I would not do what US ed sec Betsy DeVos did: Call the supporter who considers DeVos “a great win for children” and have her throw together a prescribed (manageable) number of local superintendents […]

July 23, 2017

DeVos’ “Message from the Secretary” Link Features… Arne Duncan.

The US Department of Education website needs updating– comically so. If one clicks on the link, “An Overview of the US Department of Education,” and follows the link, “What is the US Department of Education?,” one finds a page that has not been updated since September 2010– and which cites student enrollment from 2007-08. The page […]

July 20, 2017

US Ed Sec Betsy DeVos Endorses the ALEC System

On July 20, 2017, US ed sec Betsy DeVos addressed the lunch crowd at the Denver, Colorado, meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Her presence was withheld from ALEC’s online conference speaker listing as well as its online conference agenda. Here are excerpts from DeVos’ opening of her speech: It’s good to be […]

July 19, 2017

ALEC Chooses to Omit US Ed Sec Betsy DeVos from Its 2017 Conference Speaker Listing

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding its 44th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, from July 19-21, 2017. US ed sec Betsy DeVos is supposed to speak at ALEC on Thursday. However, ALEC has chosen to exclude her from its listing of conference speaker profiles. DeVos’ name is also missing from ALEC”s conference agenda […]

July 6, 2017

Two Citizens and 19 Attorneys General Sue Betsy DeVos for Enabling For-Profit-College Freedom to Exploit

Arguably the most controversial US secretary of education in the history of the office is being sued by two citizens and 19 attorneys general. On July 06, 2017, two lawsuits were filed against the US Department of Education (USDOE) and its secretary, Betsy DeVos, challenging DeVos’ rescission regarding the Borrower Defense Rule aimed at protecting […]

June 13, 2017

In Her Element: US Ed Sec Betsy DeVos to be ALEC Guest Speaker

On June 06, 2017, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) announced that US secretary of education Betsy DeVos will an ALEC featured speaker at its Denver conference in July 2017:   Betsy DeVos ALEC is pleased to announce that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will be joining us for our 44th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. “Secretary […]

June 6, 2017

Indiana Ed Reform Ghostwriter Al Hubbard Will Not Join DeVos as US Deputy Ed Sec

US Ed sec Betsy DeVos had been vetting Indiana businessman Al Hubbard for the position of US deputy secretary of education.   Allan Hubbard However, even though Hubbard avidly supports DeVos and her voucher-centric ed agenda, he has decided that the price of assuming the number two USDOE spot is too steep. As Chalkbeat notes on […]