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Democrats tried a variety of tactics to attack DeVos' nomination, questioning her fitness for the job, her political background, and her ability to avoid conflicts of interest.

The Senate education committee is meeting Tuesday to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, a billionaire school choice advocate, best known for her work chairing the American Federation for Children.

As a Senate committee nears a vote on Betsy DeVos's nomination as U.S. secretary of education, several Democrats on the panel continue to press concerns about the nominee's financial disclosure and ethics agreement.

The Jan. 30 letter from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights was released one day before the Senate education committee's scheduled vote on DeVos' nomination.

The issue of the regulatory burden coming from the federal government has come up recently in connection with higher education and with a spending requirement in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Teachers, former education secretaries, and others with links to education are speaking out about President Donald Trump's executive order about refugees and international travel.

Moderate senators appear likely to support DeVos, meaning she will almost certainly be confirmed. But Democrats are already fundraising off of the controversy surrounding her nomination.

School choice is front-and-center in national debates about education, in large part because of Trump's nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos.

Jason Botel's move might surprise some of those who view Trump's education policy through a strictly partisan or conservative lens.

EdWeek reached a handful of Republican teachers and others who voted for President Donald Trump, but oppose Betsy DeVos, his pick for education secretary.

"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.

President Donald Trump's executive order affecting many federal agencies, with the exception of military employees, could mean longer hours for career staff and slower response to inquiries.

The nominee for education secretary would still need to build bridges in Congress and overcome the skepticism of many in the education community.

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.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and other GOP lawmakers said they're confident the nominee for education secretary will be confirmed despite opposition from Democrats and others.

There are major questions about what the new administration will mean for everything from the big data sets to the Education Department's more than 4,000 career employees.

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.

The delay in the accountability rules, which would seem to last until late March, could throw a monkey wrench into states' efforts to submit accountability plans by April 3.

Scores of educators were among the hundreds of thousands of people who joined the "Women's March" in Washington Saturday to protest President Donald Trump on his first full day in office.

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

The nominee for U.S. secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, vows to divest her stakes in more than 100 assets that hold potential conflicts should she be confirmed.

Teachers and their students who attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump expressed mixed feelings about the transition of power.

President Donald Trump in his inaugural address painted a picture of an American public school system that spends big, while getting poor results for its students.

For a variety of reasons, some political science experts don't expect to hear much about education in Friday's inaugural address, though Trump remains a wild card.

During her Senate confirmation hearing, the nominee for education secretary denied association with the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, which has donated to groups critical of the LGBTQ rights movement.

The draft rule on state and district spending of Title I funds was all but certain to be tossed by a Republican-backed Congress and the Trump administration.

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

At her confirmation hearing for education secretary, DeVos gave general or somewhat limited answers to senators' questions on issues including ESSA accountability and early-childhood education.

The nominee for education secretary sought to use her confirmation hearing to beat back the notion that she would undermine public education in that position.

Keep an eye on moderate Republicans, and possible Democratic presidential contenders, as the Senate education committee grills the nominee for education secretary on school choice, college access, and more.

Among the top education issues the committee could face are how to deal with regulations from the outgoing Obama administration and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

States have spent the past year reaching out to educators and advocates to decide how to handle everything from teacher effectiveness to that brand new indicator of student success and school quality.

King talked about everything from the Obama administration's imprint on education policy to the bullying and harassment that has happened in schools since the election.

Allan B. Hubbard, who served as an economic adviser during both Bush administrations, is a top contender for deputy secretary, the Education Department's No. 2 job.

Ten GOP senators on the education committee have gotten money from a PAC controlled by the family of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary nominee, a liberal think tank says.

On Monday, the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association sent a letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., expressing concerns about education secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos' track record.

Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, addressed several education issues during Monday's hearing, including desegregation, special education, and undocumented immigrant children.

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be education secretary has already been the focus of several political attacks. Was the same true for other recent nominees?

Alexander praised the nominee one day after the Senate education committee delayed DeVos' confirmation hearing by six days.

A new caucus of the House of Representatives announced Tuesday it was dedicated to fighting the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

Topics could include the common core, the role of Washington in education policy, and her background as a major donor to Republican Party candidates and causes.

The hearing, which was slated for Wednesday morning, has been moved to Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m., according to a statement sent late Monday.

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said that when he met with President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, she indicated support for the A-PLUS Act.

In a speech Monday, Randi Weingarten, head of the teachers' union, said President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary is unqualified to lead the Education Department.

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Education Department has attracted a host of backing and criticism, setting the stage for her Jan. 11 confirmation hearing.

Democrats are hoping to delay a confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, until her paperwork has been cleared by the congressional Office of Government Ethics.

President Barack Obama's handling of teacher evaluations, content standards, and testing were among the topics of discussion on the public television news program.

Six Senate Democrats have a message for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary with her confirmation hearing coming up: You owe us a lot of information.

Goad took temporary leave from Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind.'s office last year to help the Trump campaign with education issues, including a $20 billion school choice proposal.

On Wednesday, the House passed the Midnight Rule Relief Act, which would amend the Congressional Review Act, the second such House GOP vote in two months.

There isn't huge turnover, but the additions include two newly elected senators who will join the committee, one a Democrat and one a Republican.

The former education secretary's comments come amid worries that the incoming Trump administration won't be as aggressive as the Obama administration in standing up for students' civil rights.

This year's edition of Quality Counts takes a look at where ESSA implementation stands when it comes to testing, accountability, funding, and more.

The first part of the year will tell us a lot about where the president elect wants to go on education and the priority he places on the issue.

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