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February 05, 2020

'Government Schools' or Public Schools? Trump, DeVos, and the Language of School Choice

The phrase "government schools" dates back decades to the earliest origins of the school choice movement. Here's why Trump may have used used it in his State of the Union address.

January 31, 2020

DeVos Grants Four States Option to Waive Some Federal Education Requirements

The Education Flexibility program allows participating states to waive certain federal education requirements so that school districts can try new approaches.

January 30, 2020

DeVos Taps Haley Barbour, Ex-Governor and RNC Boss, to Oversee 'Nation's Report Card'

Barbour, who served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997, will serve as chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board for a term that lasts until Sept. 30, 2023.

January 23, 2020

DeVos: It's Ironic When Abortion Rights Supporters Don't Back School Choice

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos also invoked slavery in remarks on the abortion debate given to Christian college students in Washington Wednesday.

January 15, 2020

Betsy DeVos Gave a State Charter School Grants. Lawmakers Have Said No Thanks, Twice

It's pretty obvious by now that many Democrats are growing increasingly uncomfortable supporting charter schools. But New Hampshire lawmakers have taken the unusual step of rejecting federal charter school grant money.

October 30, 2019

DeVos Praises Florida's NAEP Performance Despite Significant Declines

For the second straight year, Betsy DeVos lauded Florida for its performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. But when it comes to the state's 2019 scores, is that praise from DeVos justified?

October 21, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tells a Story Betsy DeVos Loves to Hear

A personal story told by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlights the implacable tension between advocates for traditional public schools and those who back charter schools and vouchers.

October 09, 2019

DeVos Education Department Criticizes States Again for Their ESSA Approach

"We're all going to be really disappointed at the first crack at this," Assistant Secretary of Education Jim Blew said about ESSA's required per-student spending reports for each school.

October 03, 2019

What Can We Learn From Betsy DeVos' School Visits? Explore Our Interactive Map

Education Week's interactive map tracks U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' school visits. Here's what you can learn from them and from her messaging focus on "education freedom."

October 02, 2019

The Education Department Is a Little More Popular Than ICE, New Survey Finds

The numbers represent a decline in the Education Department's favorability ratings on the Pew Research Center's latest poll, but they're still higher than late in the Obama administration.

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