DeVos revokes Obama-era rule policing for-profit colleges

Politics 06/28/19, 17:24

The Trump administration on Friday revoked an Obama-era rule that aimed to terminate federal funding to for-profit college programs. Department officials announced that the 2014 gainful employment rule will be rescinded effective July 1, 2020. The agency's announcement said the rule focused too narrowly on graduate earnings and unfairly targeted for-profit ...

Devos becoming a favorite foe for Democrats on 2020 trail

Politics 05/23/19, 11:35

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is becoming a lightning rod for Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail. Several candidates have taken jabs at DeVos at recent campaign events as they try to energize voters and curry favor with the nation's two major teachers unions. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said this month that ...

Wealthy DeVos family won’t back Michigan’s Amash in primary

Politics 05/22/19, 17:41

The politically powerful DeVos family said Wednesday that it is no longer financially backing a Michigan congressman who is the first Republican on Capitol Hill to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct. Nick Wasmiller, a spokesman for the family's RDV Corp., said family members have not made campaign contributions to ...

Feds: DeVos used personal emails for work in ‘limited’ cases

Politics 05/20/19, 12:12

An internal Education Department watchdog says Secretary Betsy DeVos has sometimes used personal email accounts for government business and did not always save the messages properly. The agency's Office of Inspector General released a report Monday finding "limited" instances in which DeVos sent work emails from four personal accounts. Investigators say they ...

Bernie Sanders to be the first 2020 candidate to call for ban on charter schools

2022 Campaign 05/18/19, 09:33

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday released his plan for reforming public education, including halting federal funding of new charter schools and banning those that are for-profit. Saying charter schools are "exacerbating educational segregation," Sanders proposes more transparency and accountability for them, as well as limits on the pay of ...

Warren says she’d appoint former teacher to education post

2022 Campaign 05/13/19, 11:48

Elizabeth Warren is pledging that if she's elected president, her secretary of education "will be a former public school teacher who is committed to public education." Warren made the vow in an email to supporter on Monday ahead of remarks at a town hall with members of the American Federation of ...

Education secretary: Teachers should protest on ‘adult time’

U.S. 05/06/19, 16:04

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that teachers are walking off the job too often and that protests about pay and school conditions should be done on "adult time" so students aren't hurt. DeVos made the comments in Baltimore while speaking at a conference for education journalists. Teachers from West Virginia to ...

Education head DeVos: Polarizing but enduring Cabinet member

Politics 05/05/19, 08:18

When President Donald Trump visits a school, it's usually for a campaign rally, not a classroom tour. At his latest State of the Union address, he mentioned education just once. On Twitter, he has used the word "education" six times while in office, compared with 500 uses of the word ...

Trump backs off proposal to cut Special Olympics funds

Politics 03/28/19, 16:21

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he was backing off a budget request to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, reversing course after his administration weathered days of criticism for the proposed cut. Speaking to reporters as he left the White House for a rally in Michigan, Trump said he had ...

Update: DeVos defends cutting Special Olympics funding

Politics 03/27/19, 12:55

The Latest on Education Department funding for the Special Olympics (all times local): ___ 1:15 p.m. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is defending her proposal to eliminate funding to the Special Olympics. DeVos said Wednesday that she "loves" the Special Olympics' work but argues "the federal government cannot fund every worthy program." Her statement followed a ...

DeVos criticized over plan to cut Special Olympics funding

Sports 03/27/19, 10:25

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing sharp pushback over a proposal to cut federal funding to the Special Olympics.Celebrities, politicians and activists have taken to social media to rebuke DeVos for her plan to cut funding for the group as part of $7 billion in reductions in 2020. The organization ...

US Education Department investigating college bribery scheme

Politics 03/26/19, 17:06

Eight universities embroiled in a massive college admission cheating scheme are now being investigated by the U.S. Education Department. Letters sent to the schools Monday and obtained by The Associated Press say the department is conducting a "preliminary investigation" to determine whether they violated federal laws or rules surrounding the management ...

A wealthy county in court over sexual misconduct at schools

U.S. 03/12/19, 09:24

Virginia's largest school district is defending itself against three separate federal lawsuits filed by students who say the school system botched sexual misconduct investigations.Two involve boys who say Fairfax County Public Schools wrongly punished them based on false accusations. A third accuses the same school system of ignoring a girl's ...

DeVos to pitch federal tax credit for ‘educational freedom’

Business 02/28/19, 10:07

The Trump administration is proposing a federal tax credit for donations made to groups offering scholarships for private schools, apprenticeships or other educational programs. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is unveiling the plan Thursday, while legislation is being proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate. The proposal, called the Education Freedom Scholarships ...

US Education Secretary DeVos applauds SC school improvement

U.S. 02/21/19, 16:33

The nation's top education official says she's impressed with developments in what was once one of South Carolina's most underperforming school districts.U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke Thursday after touring schools in a district that's one of several dozen along Interstate 95 bestowed with the nickname "Corridor of Shame" ...

With House, Dems eager to bring DeVos under closer oversight

Politics 01/21/19, 09:06

House Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office. DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as they take charge of House committees that wield oversight powers, such as the authority to issue subpoenas and call hearings. At least ...

Inquiry launched into DeVos’ revival of troubled accreditor

U.S. 12/19/18, 14:32

The Education Department's independent watchdog plans to investigate Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to reinstate a troubled accrediting agency terminated under the Obama administration. The department's inspector general's office said Wednesday it plans to review the decision at the request of Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, ...

Trump’s safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

Politics 12/18/18, 10:06

President Donald Trump's school safety commission is proposing a rollback of Obama-era guidance that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline. The commission was led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS') and made dozens of policy recommendations in a report released Tuesday. Trump created the panel in March following ...

DeVos warns of crisis amid ballooning student debt

Politics 11/27/18, 13:48

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says ballooning student debt has caused a crisis in higher education and that the traditional path to college might not be the best choice for everyone.Speaking at a conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, DeVos raised a "red warning flag" that the federal government must change the ...

DeVos proposes overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules

U.S. 11/16/18, 09:41

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is proposing a major overhaul to the way colleges handle complaints of sexual misconduct.The Education Department released a plan Friday that would require schools to investigate sexual assault and harassment only if the alleged misconduct was reported to certain campus officials and only if it occurred ...

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