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March 24, 2017

Hannah Skandera Booted from Consideration as DeVos Assistant

According to Politico’s March 23, 2017, Morning Education, controversial New Mexico education commissioner Hannah Skandera will not be joining US ed sec Betsy DeVos in DC as assistant education secretary. (Note: A December 2016 Politico Pro article had Skandera under consideration for “deputy secretary or undersecretary.”) The reason? Republicans are spooked by Skandera’s ties to […]

March 20, 2017

Betsy DeVos Pitches Virtual School with 4-Yr Cohort Grad Rate Below 32 Percent

On March 20, 2017, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addressed the National Association of State Boards of Education in Washington, DC. Her speech includes the repeated, slanted story of Denisha Merriweather, whose story of private school success coincided with the stabilization of her home life— and whose private school has an established record of […]

March 14, 2017

Betsy DeVos Uses a Willing Public School Superintendent as a Privatization Prop

On March 13, 2017, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tried to sell her interest in public schools. However, even as she spoke to the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS), a coalition comprised of 69 urban public school districts, DeVos could not help trying to sell school choice. Most of her 12-minute speech focused […]

March 6, 2017

Betsy DeVos Shapes Denisha Merriweather’s Story into a School Choice Triumph

One of the individuals present at Donald Trump’s address of Congress on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, was Denisha Merriweather, a graduate student who years earlier received a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (i.e., voucher) that was delivered by the nonprofit administrator, Step Up for Students. (Merriweather also later worked for Step Up for Students as part […]

March 1, 2017

One Day After DeVos Calls Jim Crow “Choice,” Trump Moves HBCU Assistance from USED to WH

During her January 17, 2017, Senate confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos said that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) should be left up to the states and then admit that the “confused” the fact that IDEA is a federal law. I watched in disbelief at her publicly displayed ignorance of an education law that is […]

February 23, 2017

Full Transcript of Betsy DeVos’ CPAC Interview with Kayleigh McEnany

On February 22, 2017, US ed sec Betsy DeVos participated in an interview with journalist and Trump supporter, Kayleigh McEnany, for the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC). Below is the full video followed by the full transcript of that interview (approx 9 minutes):   KM: Hi, Madam Secretary. It’s so great to be here with you. BD: […]

February 20, 2017

What Betsy DeVos Says of Detractors Depends on the Day

Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos received an unprecedented amount of public resistance to her confirmation as US secretary of education. Her take on public resistance to her utter disregard, painfully obvious ignorance, and established disdain for American public education changes with each situation– which she has already demonstrated in three US Department of Education press releases […]

February 15, 2017

DeVos: DC Protesters “Hostile to Change”; “Keeping Kids In and New Thinking Out”

On February 15, 2017, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at the 2017 National Policy Training Conference of the Magnet Schools of America. It was her first public speech as secretary of education. She chose to use the occasion to portray protests against her as closed-mindedness and nothing more than “hostility to change.” Below are […]

February 14, 2017

Betsy DeVos’ Press Release About Her DC School Visit

On Friday, February 10, 2017, US Ed Sec Betsy DeVos was in the news because protesters blocked one of the entrances to DC’s Jefferson Middle School, which DeVos had chosen to visit that day. The situation quickly made the national news. (See here and here and here, for instance.) What did not so obviously make […]

February 13, 2017

US Ed Sec Betsy DeVos’ Letter to State Superintendents Re: ESSA State Plans

On Friday, February 10, 2017, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sent to state superintendents a letter regarding the formulation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans. In short, she notes that the ESSA guidance composed under the direction of former US Ed Sec John King could be scrapped by Congress but that states should […]