As the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, she used the bully pulpit of her office as first lady to advance the issue on behalf of both for children and parents.
As the political fallout continues from teacher protests in states like Oklahoma and Kentucky, it's worth revisiting how the general public has said it feels about teachers in recent polls.
Democrats are unhappy that the education secretary has appeared on Capitol Hill less often than her recent predecessors, but Republicans cite scheduling conflicts and other factors.
The U.S. education secretary and her four most recent predecessors agreed at a conference that the nation still struggles to educate its future workforce 35 after the landmark "A Nation at Risk" report.
Two big topics in education politics this season, union power and gun control, were at the center of a clash between the American Federation of Teachers and the National Rifle Association.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan ensured passage of ESSA in 2015 and gave a boost to parents seeking resources for school choice through a tax-reform bill approved in 2017.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is approving plans that fly in the face of the Every Student Succeeds Act's protections for vulnerable children, more than a dozen civil rights groups, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights say.
The consortium representing various veterans' groups and uniformed associations is pushing back on the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act, which was introduced last month by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.
The education secretary praises the Sunshine State while lamenting a national report that showed little progress in reading and math, and persistent achievement gaps between low-income and minority students and their peers.
The department is mulling scrapping the guidance, or making major tweaks to it, as part of an administration-wide effort to slim down regulations.