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Trump asks Congress to extend school choice programs

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Congress to work with him on extending school choice programs nationwide to benefit millions of students, including low-income African-American and Hispanic children.


Trump orders study of federal role in education

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that requires Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study whether and how the federal government has overstepped its legal authority in K-12 schools, …


The cost of Betsy DeVos’s security detail: $1 million per month

Federal marshals are protecting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a cost to her agency of $1 million per month, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.


At Fort Bragg, DeVos talks up school vouchers for military families

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited a Department of Defense primary school at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and told parents stationed there that the Trump administration wants to provide vouchers …


Lance Lijewski: Home-schooled kids would benefit from consistent standards

The lack of consistent standards across the country becomes more problematic because of the boom in home-schooled students over the past decade.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate after rape allegation

A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who …


Families of transgender students press education secretary on rights

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos watched a transgender girl eat applesauce and draw and listened to another student’s emotional story of feeling marginalized at school, as activists pressed DeVos to make …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

Private school vouchers favored by DeVos don’t offer real advantage over public schools, study indicates

A new study reports that there is no evidence that school vouchers – which use public dollars to pay for private school tuition and are favored by Education Secretary Betsy …


DeVos defiant at CPAC: ‘My job isn’t to win a popularity contest’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday that she intends to forge ahead with her approach to overhauling U.S. schools, declaring that the Obama administration’s efforts to improve them had failed …


Education boss Betsy DeVos is now being guarded by U.S. Marshals

The U.S. Marshals Service says they are now providing security for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, after a handful of protesters blocked her from entering a Washington middle school. The move …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 10:12 a.m.

Betsy DeVos declines offer to visit Spokane-area schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declined an invitation to visit Spokane-area schools, Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 3:09 p.m.

Protest marks public school visit by new education secretary Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos was met with shouts of “stand up, fight back” from angry protesters as she made her first visit to a public school Friday as education secretary. Several dozen …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Betsy DeVos invited to Spokane by ESD superintendent

The leader of Washington’s northeast education district has invited Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to visit and learn about “our ongoing hard work and abiding commitment to excellence for each of …


Jay Ambrose: Schools can chart a better course

Betsy DeVos played a large role in expanding charter schools in Michigan, and critics say the consequences have been awful. That’s false.


DeVos’ first assignment: Mend fences with education foes

On her first day on the job, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plunged into her initial assignment: mending fences with her opponents following a bruising confirmation battle. Parents across the country …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Senate confirms DeVos as education secretary after Pence breaks tie

The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. The Senate historian says it was the first time …


U.S. Senate offices received 1.5 million calls each day last week, many from opponents for Betsy DeVos

President Donald Trump uses the tools of the 21st century to express his views, demonstrating a singular ability to rivet the nation with little more than a series of late-night …


DeVos clears procedural hurdle in Senate, setting up tight final vote

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday, setting up what is shaping up to be a …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 2:10 p.m.

DeVos’ confirmation is suddenly on thin ice; her defeat would be almost unprecedented

Two Republican senators announced Wednesday that they will not support Betsy DeVos’ nomination to become education secretary, in an unusual display of resistance from members of the president’s own party …


Senate panel votes in favor of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education secretary pick

A Senate panel on Tuesday narrowly voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, sending her nomination to the full Senate for final approval.


Did DeVos questionnaire include plagiarized responses?

President Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, in written responses to questions from senators, appears to have used several sentences and phrases from other sources without attribution – including from …


GOP pushing Price, Sessions, DeVos a step toward Senate OK

Republicans are muscling more of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees to the cusp of Senate confirmation over Democratic objections, with committees poised to advance his picks to head agencies in …


Progressives launch last-minute push against Betsy DeVos, and conservatives counter with online ad campaign

More than 300 state lawmakers hailing from all 50 states have added their voices to the chorus objecting to President donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 10:51 a.m.

Teachers union: More than 1 million emails sent to senators urging a vote against DeVos

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, says that more than 1 million people have used an online form during the past three weeks to email their Senators …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 9:20 a.m.

Sen. Patty Murray maintains pressure on Betsy DeVos, other Trump nominees, defends NAFTA

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Tuesday said President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees posed unprecedented “complex financial and legal issues” ahead of planned confirmation votes. The long-serving Democrat also advised against …


Democrats request another hearing for DeVos before confirmation vote

Senate Democrats are formally asking Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to hold a second confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s education nominee, arguing that they need an opportunity to further …


Education nominee DeVos finalizes disclosures ahead of vote, but Democrats unhappy

Education Secretary pick Betsy DeVos has finalized her financial and ethics disclosures ahead of her confirmation vote, but Democratic senators still say they need more information. In documents released by …


DeVos suggests guns in school to protect kids from grizzlies

Kids in remote schools in grizzly bear territory might need protection from the animals, so Donald Trump’s choice to run the Education Department thinks it could be appropriate for teachers …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Can Patty Murray get answers from Trump nominee Betsy DeVos?

When Michigan billionaire and school “reformer” Betsy DeVos goes before senators for confirmation hearings as education secretary next Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray will have a few questions.


Republican plans to quickly confirm Trump nominees are upended

WASHINGTON – Republican plans to quickly confirm Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees were upended Tuesday amid Democratic pressure to slow down the examination of picks. The Senate Intelligence Committee announced early …