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May 6, 2019
Betsy DeVos’s explanation for negative voucher results: Program was ‘not very well conceived’
Her response is surprising — and doesn't explain why programs in other states and Washington, D.C. appear to be hurting scores, too.
March 26, 2019
Three misleading claims Betsy DeVos made before Congress
As DeVos restated her positions on school choice initiatives and skepticism of spending more money on education, she also reprised a number of misleading claims.
March 26, 2019
Defending her discipline decision, Betsy DeVos says Obama-era guidance amounted to ‘quotas’
Betsy DeVos's answers offered a vivid illustration of an ongoing disagreement about discrimination.
detroit in depth
November 29, 2018
‘If we don’t learn from this one, shame on us’: Lessons from a Detroit charter school that was set up to fail
The closure of this charter school is a cautionary tale for Michigan, where Betsy DeVos has helped ensure that charter schools can open and close with little notice.
October 2, 2018
‘Why limit educators?’ and 6 other questions Betsy DeVos will try to answer on her Southern tour
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is heading south — with her eye on outer space — for her second tour of schools and institutions that she…
August 23, 2018
A Colorado advocate for arming teachers thinks a new federal proposal is misplaced
Should the federal government make money available for schools to arm teachers, it would be up to each district in Colorado to decide whether to take advantage.
July 25, 2018
The feds are discouraging districts from using race to integrate schools. A new study points to a potential downside
The rollback could have harmful consequences for students, according to a new study.
June 5, 2018
Asked again about school staff referring students to ICE, DeVos says ‘I don’t think they can’
Pressed to clarify her stance, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos initially avoided giving a clear answer.
DeVos in Detroit
April 27, 2018
Betsy DeVos’s first Detroit visit featured Girl Scouts, robots, and talk of beluga whales
The event was her first visit to Detroit as education secretary.
April 26, 2018
Robotics is bringing Betsy DeVos to Detroit for the first time as education secretary
She’s unlikely to encounter local students when she’s there, though.
April 13, 2018
Why the school spending graph Betsy DeVos is sharing doesn’t mean what she says it does
Simply pointing to two trends that coincide doesn't say anything about how one affects the other.
March 20, 2018
Betsy DeVos avoids questions on discrimination as school safety debates reach Congress
DeVos is now set to consider the repeal of Obama-era discipline policies on the Trump administration’s school safety committee, which she will chair.
March 19, 2018
New York City charter leader Eva Moskowitz says Betsy DeVos is not ‘ready for prime time’
In New York City, Eva Moskowitz has been a lone voice of support for the controversial U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. But even…
March 12, 2018
Making the rounds on TV, Betsy DeVos says she hasn’t visited struggling schools and draws sharp criticism
Betsy DeVos has visited all kinds of schools since she took office last year. But one kind of school has been left out, she said Sunday: schools that are struggling.
By the numbers
February 12, 2018
Trump’s proposed education budget: more for school choice, less for teacher training
The budget plan, released Monday, amounts to a doubling down on Betsy DeVos’s central belief. (It's also likely to be ignored.)
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