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June 07, 2018

DeVos: Apprenticeships Should Be for More Than Just Welders, Carpenters

The U.S. can learn a lot from Switzerland's apprenticeship program, which allows students to prepare on the job for careers in health care, finance, and law, said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a speech Thursday to the International Congress on Vocational & Professional Training in Zurich.

June 06, 2018

Back Mental-Health Support, Don't Arm Teachers, School-Safety Panel Told

Much of the advice offered to the federal school-safety commission at a listening session appeared to be out of line with policy preferences of the Trump administration and congressional Republicans.

June 05, 2018

Betsy DeVos Headed to Europe to Explore Career Education, School Choice

The education secretary will explore K-12 and post-secondary education in three European countries that outperformed the U.S. on the Program for International Student Assessment or PISA: Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

June 05, 2018

Guns Aren't a Focus of Federal School Safety Panel, Betsy DeVos Tells Senators

The education secretary's comment at a Senate education subcommittee hearing seemed to contradict prior White House statements that the commission she heads will look at age restrictions on certain firearms.

June 05, 2018

New Leader of School Choice Caucus in Congress Hails From DeVos' Home State

Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., will take over as the chairman of the group in the next Congress starting in 2019, assuming he wins re-election this fall.

June 04, 2018

Lawmakers Demand DeVos Correct Remarks on Undocumented Students and ICE

In the June 4 letter, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., who questioned Betsy DeVos about undocumented students and ICE in May, claimed that DeVos' comments were not only inaccurate, but dangerous.

May 31, 2018

DeVos Approves $1 Million Grant to Help Texas District Cope With Shooting Aftermath

The Santa Fe Independent School District near Houston will receive a $1 million federal grant to cope with the aftermath of a mass shooting that left ten educators and students dead earlier this month.

May 31, 2018

At Trump School Safety Panel's First 'Field Hearing,' Plenty of Focus on School Climate, Not Guns

There was little said at a Maryland school visit about controversial topics the school safety commission is likely to tackle, including whether teachers should be armed.

May 30, 2018

Trump Safety Commission's First 'Field Hearing' to Explore 'Positive Behavior' Strategy

The Federal Commission on School Safety will have its first "field" hearing—and second meeting—at a school that has embraced Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Advocates are already questioning whether Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will come away with something new to share with the K-12 field.

May 30, 2018

Civil Rights Advocates to DeVos: Make It Clear Educators Can't Report Students to ICE

Dozens of civil rights organizations are asking U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to clarify her recent contention that schools can decide whether or not to report undocumented students to immigration authorities.

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