In her first print and radio interviews since taking office, the new secretary of education opened to conservative opinion journalists about her rocky confirmation process.
Last year, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., oversaw a federal spending bill for education in the House that cut the department's overall budget of $68 billion by $1.3 billion.
The Obama administration's accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act have been paused by the Trump administration, and they're are on thin ice in Congress. But U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants states to keep going on their ESSA plans.
The new secretary of education's visit to the school was previously publicized by the Washington Teachers Union president, who urged protesters to meet her. And her visit to Howard University earlier this week generated angst as well.
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.