As a new school year opens, DeVos talks with Education Week about civil rights protections for students, the Every Student Succeeds Act, special education, the bureaucracy, and more.
Democrats are pushing the education secretary to only approves plans that meet the Every Student Succeeds Act's requirements, but DeVos seems more inclined to give states a lot of leeway.
Despite recent setbacks, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is not giving up on a school choice initiative, she said in a wide-ranging Education Week interview last week.
Education Week spoke with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on her tour "Rethinking School," which took her to Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and, finally, Indiana.
The news from the U.S. Census Bureau wasn't all good, however: According to 2016 numbers, children under 18 made up 23 percent of the population, but 33 percent of those living in poverty.
The House of Representatives voted to cut about 3.5 percent from the U.S. Department of Education's budget on Thursday, although the Senate's funding bill would cut less and take a different approach in several respects.
Among other provisions, the Child Care for Working Families Act would ensure that families making less than 150 percent of a state's median income would not pay more than 7 percent of their income on child care.
House lawmakers voted to boost funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program by $100 million during debate over the House education funding bill for the next fiscal year.
Congress and President Donald Trump may soon strike a deal to solidify protections for those brought into the country illegally as young children, but things remain very much up in the air.
King has some big worries about how his successor, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, is handling civil rights enforcement.