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April 25, 2017

Betsy DeVos Blindly Promotes Choice Without Considering Negative Fiscal Impact

On April 20, 2017, US ed sec Betsy DeVos and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten visited Van Wert City Schools, a small school district in Ohio. Also on April 20, 2017, DeVos published this opinion piece in Cleveland.com. As one might expect, DeVos used her op-ed to pitch school choice. Van Wert […]

March 31, 2017

Betsy DeVos’ Mother Taught at a Public School That Is Now Closed

In her US Department of Education (USDOE) bio, US ed sec Betsy DeVos advertises that her mother was “a public school teacher”: Secretary DeVos has been involved in education policy for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain […]

March 31, 2017

Betsy DeVos’ Mother’s Brief Stint as a Public School Teacher: Some Details

In her US Department of Education (USDOE) bio, US ed sec Betsy DeVos advertises that her mother was “a public school teacher”: Secretary DeVos has been involved in education policy for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain […]

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 […]