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November 09, 2017

Betsy DeVos Urged to Reject Florida's ESSA Plan by Civil Rights Groups

Florida's ESSA plan would give state tests only in English, and it would also leave English-language proficiency out of the state accountability system. Civil rights activists have a problem with those approaches.

November 08, 2017

Betsy DeVos to Visit Schools in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

DeVos will visit a school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday, and then a school on St. Thomas later in the day.

November 07, 2017

How Do Trump's K-12 Campaign Promises Hold Up a Year After His Election?

As a candidate, now-President Donald Trump pledged a huge new school choice initiative, a slimmed down Education Department, the end of the common core, and more.

November 06, 2017

The GOP Has a New Vehicle for School Choice, But Are the Wealthy at the Wheel?

Recent data shows that most Americans are not aware of the savings plans that could be used to expand private school choice in the proposed Republican rewrite of the tax code.

November 05, 2017

Special Ed. Advocates to DeVos: Don't Let New York Get Out of ESSA's Testing Rules

Special education advocates are not fans of New York's plan to The Empire State, to give students with significant cognitive disabilities a test that matches their instructional level, not their age.

November 02, 2017

Trump Ed. Dept. Offers 255 Employees BuyOuts, Early Retirement

It's not clear if the offers are part of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' plan to trim the federal footprint on K-12, since these types of buyouts aren't unique to the Trump administration.

November 01, 2017

How's DeVos Handling a Big Special Education Issue? See Bill Cassidy's Answer

Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican and education committee member who prioritizes issues for children with dyslexia, is impressed with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' approach to the issue.

October 31, 2017

Trump Slammed Jeb Bush, But His Former Staffers Are Joining Betsy DeVos

President Donald Trump beat up on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, calling him "low-energy." But a lot of people who used to work for or with Bush are at or slated to join the U.S. Department of Education

October 30, 2017

Did Betsy DeVos' Husband Violate Her Pledge Not to Donate to Political Campaigns?

During her confirmation hearing, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos promised not to contribute to political campaigns while in office. But her husband, Dick DeVos, a businessman contributed to two Michigan political action committees, according to the Detroit News.

October 27, 2017

DeVos Scraps More 'Out-of-Date' Federal Directives to Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has made a point of rolling back directives from previous administration in the name of making schools' work less costly and more efficient.

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