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February 03, 2017

Senate Set to Decide Betsy DeVos' Fate Next Week

By a party-line vote of 52-48, the Senate voted to close debate on DeVos' nomination by President Donald Trump, which has sparked a controversy unlike any seen before over a potential secretary of education.

February 02, 2017

House Republicans Move to Scrap Rules on ESSA, Teacher Preparation

"We are sending a signal that we are unhappy with these regs," said Tyler Hernandez, a spokesman for the House education committee.

February 02, 2017

Here Are Key GOP Senators Who Have Yet to Support or Oppose Betsy DeVos

Without another Republican senator joining the two who say they'll vote against the education secretary nominee, the tally appears to be 50-50, assuming all Democrats vote "no."

February 02, 2017

Republicans Are Moving Quickly to Introduce School Choice Bills

It's unclear whether President Donald Trump's $20 billion federal voucher plan has legs. But don't mistake that for a lack of overall enthusiasm among GOP lawmakers for expanding school choice.

February 01, 2017

Which GOP Senators Could Reject DeVos? Look to Rural, Anti-Voucher Republicans

A 2015 Senate vote on a federal school choice bill provides a clue about which senators might not be big DeVos fans.

January 25, 2017

Betsy DeVos Tells Senator She'll Protect Rights of Students With Disabilities

"I believe that all students, including individuals with disabilities, deserve an equal opportunity to lead full, productive and successful lives," DeVos wrote in her Jan. 24 letter to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

January 24, 2017

Senate Democrats Pitch $75 Billion Plan to Repair and Build Schools

The "Blueprint to Rebuild America's Infrastructure and Create 15 Million Jobs" is short on details, but includes a plan to create 975,000 jobs by improving school infrastructure.

January 23, 2017

Senate Democrats Want Betsy DeVos Back for More Committee Hearings

Democrats want more time to question the education secretary nominee about her investments and say they weren't given enough time to question her about various issues during her Jan. 17 confirmation hearing.

January 20, 2017

Senate Education Committee Delays Vote on Betsy DeVos' Nomination

The vote's delay comes one day after DeVos completed a lengthy financial disclosure of her financial assets.

January 18, 2017

Split Responses to Betsy DeVos' Testimony After Testy Confirmation Hearing

The education secretary-designee drew sharply positive and negative reactions to her answers to questions involving special education, guns in schools, and school choice

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