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February 21, 2017

DeVos and Trump Don't Have a Long History Together. Does That Matter?

President Donald Trump—who didn't talk much about K-12 education on the campaign trail—picked an education secretary in Betsy DeVos with whom he doesn't have close, long-standing ties.

February 18, 2017

Feeling Slighted, District of Columbia Teachers Fire Back at Betsy DeVos

Educators at Washington, D.C.'s Jefferson Middle School Academy did not take kindly the education secretary's comment after a school visit that "they're waiting to be told what to do."

February 17, 2017

Teachers' Unions Are Reaching Out to Betsy DeVos—With Mixed Results

The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association were major opponents of the new education secretary during her confirmation process, saying she would hurt public schools.

February 16, 2017

Betsy DeVos Sees Choice-Friendly Florida as a K-12 Model for the Nation

In her third interview on conservative talk radio, the U.S. Secretary of Education also said ESSA "essentially does away with the notion of the common core."

February 15, 2017

DeVos Says Protesters Are a Sign of Hostility to Change in K-12

The U.S. Secretary of Education's remarks in Washington came at her first public speech, where she celebrated magnet schools without committing to seeking additional funds for them.

February 15, 2017

What's Up With the Staffing of Betsy DeVos' Education Department

Some Republicans say the education secretary's preliminary team is heavy on political hands and light on policy heft. Some would-be hires worry about working for a divisive secretary.

February 14, 2017

Betsy DeVos: I'll Look for Unnecessary Programs to Cut at the Education Dept.

"We'll be examining and auditing and reviewing all of the programs," DeVos told the host of a Michigan radio program in a Tuesday interview.

February 14, 2017

Trump to DeVos: 'You Showed Toughness and Genius' During Confirmation Fight

A group of public, private, and home-school parents and educators met with President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a White House listening session.

February 13, 2017

Betsy DeVos Tells Her Side to Conservative Opinion Journalists

In her first print and radio interviews since taking office, the new secretary of education opened to conservative opinion journalists about her rocky confirmation process.

February 10, 2017

Betsy DeVos to State Chiefs: Full Speed Ahead on the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Obama administration's accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act have been paused by the Trump administration, and they're are on thin ice in Congress. But U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants states to keep going on their ESSA plans.

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