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June 08, 2017

Can DeVos Assure Federal Protections for Special Ed. Students Using Vouchers?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Secretary DeVos pledged that any federally backed voucher program would require participating schools to fully comply with national special education law. But what does that law say about the issue?

June 07, 2017

When Do Voucher Programs Allow Private Schools to Discriminate Against Students?

In a Senate budget hearing Tuesday, DeVos repeatedly told lawmakers that, "Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law, period." But she also left questions unanswered about discrimination with respect to voucher programs.

June 07, 2017

ESSA Plans Have to Follow the Law, Not Conform to My Beliefs, DeVos Says

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told senators at a budget hearing that she wouldn't subject states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans to her personal policy preferences. But that didn't satisfy everyone.

June 06, 2017

Senators Hammer at DeVos on Planned Budget Cuts, Proposed Vouchers

At a Capitol Hill hearing, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faced Republicans skeptical about slashing some programs, and Democrats worried about civil rights protections under any federally funded vouchers.

June 06, 2017

DeVos Revisits Proficiency vs. Growth on Tests, But Does She Clarify Her Views?

In a recent radio interview, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expanded on a topic that caused a lot of controversy in the education world during her confirmation hearing.

June 02, 2017

DeVos Cites District of Columbia in Defending Trump's Push for School Choice

The District of Columbia, under federal government supervision, has done a good job providing education options to families, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a school visit there.

June 01, 2017

Democratic Senators Tag-Team Betsy DeVos Over Ethics Concerns

The U.S. Secretary of Education hasn't appeared publicly before the Senate education committee since her confirmation hearing in January, but Democratic senators haven't stopped bird-dogging her.

May 31, 2017

Trump's School Choice Plan Could Quickly Stall in Washington, Analysts Say

The politics of education have been cast in a new light thanks to the election of President Donald Trump, and a panel at the Education Writers Association annual meeting on Wednesday reflected the shifting currents for K-12.

May 31, 2017

Ed. Dept. Has No Plans for a 'Federal Voucher Program.' Let's Break That Down.

The $250 million grant program for private school vouchers in the president's proposed budget has quickly become a flash point for both friends and foes of school choice.

May 25, 2017

Watch a Schools Chief Discuss Trump's Proposed Education Budget

We sat down with the superintendent of Maryland's second-largest school district to get his views on the president's proposed budget for education.

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