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January 31, 2017

Senate Committee Backs Betsy DeVos, But Two Future GOP Votes Uncertain

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.

January 30, 2017

See Betsy DeVos' Responses to a Key Democrat on Common Core, ESSA, Civil Rights

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.

January 30, 2017

Democrats Raise Additional Questions About DeVos Financial Disclosure

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.

January 30, 2017

Nearly 250 Education-Related Groups Urge Senators to Reject Betsy DeVos

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.

January 30, 2017

Here's Why Betsy DeVos Will Likely Be Confirmed, Despite Pushback

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.

January 26, 2017

Trump Issues Proclamation of 'National School Choice Week' (Already in Progress)

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

January 26, 2017

Not All GOP Educators Who Backed Trump Support DeVos

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

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 25, 2017

Could Betsy DeVos Move Beyond Confirmation Controversies As Ed. Sec.?

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

January 24, 2017

Republicans Rally Behind Betsy DeVos at School Choice Event, Wave Away Concerns

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.

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