Betsy DeVos as education secretary could energize her opponents to open their wallets and pound the pavement for Democratic candidates, including in states with key Senate elections in 2018.
The new U.S. Secretary of Education sought to address questions about her qualifications, saying that she's open to learning from the department's staff and from educators in the field.
New U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who was sworn in after one of the most heated confirmation processes in history, will address Education Department employees Wednesday, at 2 p.m.
Trump's adviser made the claim on CNN, but states, not the federal government, adopt content standards like the common core. And current federal law prohibits the Trump administration from influencing states' decisions about standards.
Some educators and advocacy groups are already bracing for a new kind of relationship with the federal agency under new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
The possible end of the ESSA accountability rules finalized last year could have far-reaching consequences for the U.S. Department of Education, state officials, and local district leaders say.
School choice supporters are really happy. Civil rights organizations and teachers' unions not so much. Check out what organizations across the political spectrum said after DeVos' confirmation.
Billionaire school choice advocate Betsy DeVos squeaked across the finish line to win Senate confirmation as President Donald Trump's secretary of education, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie.
If the vote proceeds as expected, Vice President Mike Pence would be called on to cast the deciding vote on the nominee for education secretary in a starkly divided Senate.
Some of the Democrats who seemed most eager to oppose the education secretary nominee are among those being floated in the media and elsewhere as possible 2020 presidential contenders.