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June 6, 2018

Betsy DeVos Wants School Safety on Her Terms (Which Might Include Utilizing Vacant Museums)

US ed sec Betsy DeVos garners much press for her inability/unwillingness to forego her plastic smile and school choice infomercialistic speech and instead actually engage in true conversation with those who approach her with real-life situations affecting public education in America. However, DeVos has no real interest in assisting traditional public education, quite the opposite; […]

June 3, 2018

An Anecdotal Offering for Betsy DeVos (MAGA Hat Optional)

In her speeches, US ed sec Betsy DeVos likes to include anecdotes, but not just any anecdotes: DeVos’ selections always highlight school choice as an unfailing solution.   Betsy DeVos In her May 22, 2018, statement before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, DeVos includes one such story at the close of her speech, […]

May 18, 2018

Higher-End Private Schools Aren’t Buying Into Betsy DeVos’ Voucher Crusade

On May 16, 2018, US ed sec Betsy DeVos spoke to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation at a breakfast in New York. Then, for the first time as US secretary of education, she visited two schools in New York– private schools.   Betsy DeVos This information was not posted on her weekly schedule when I looked […]

May 14, 2018

Betsy DeVos: Just Another Mother Teresa

Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Ave Maria University’s 2018 Spring Commencement As I prepared to be with you today, I reflected on my own graduation from a small Christian college in my favorite corner of the Midwest. Sitting there that day, I never imagined I’d be a commencement speaker someday […]

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 […]