If the department ultimately rejects Alabama's request, it will be a signal that—even though local control is a watch-word of the Trump administration—that there are some clear limitations to that idea.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Secretary DeVos pledged that any federally backed voucher program would require participating schools to fully comply with national special education law. But what does that law say about the issue?
In a Senate budget hearing Tuesday, DeVos repeatedly told lawmakers that, "Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law, period." But she also left questions unanswered about discrimination with respect to voucher programs.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told senators at a budget hearing that she wouldn't subject states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans to her personal policy preferences. But that didn't satisfy everyone.
At a Capitol Hill hearing, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faced Republicans skeptical about slashing some programs, and Democrats worried about civil rights protections under any federally funded vouchers.
President Trump has tapped Peter Oppenheim to serve as an assistant secretary in the education department. And U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has named new aides for special education and higher ed.
In a recent radio interview, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expanded on a topic that caused a lot of controversy in the education world during her confirmation hearing.
A Heritage Foundation report says children from military families deserve more educational options and eyes the $1.3 billion federal Impact Aid program as a vehicle.
The District of Columbia, under federal government supervision, has done a good job providing education options to families, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a school visit there.
The U.S. Secretary of Education hasn't appeared publicly before the Senate education committee since her confirmation hearing in January, but Democratic senators haven't stopped bird-dogging her.