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Hard lessons for Betsy DeVos in D.C.
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Apr 4, 7:06 AM: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came here from the Grand Rapids area to reform education and expand alternatives to traditional public schools, but her agenda has been rebuffed by a Republican-led Congress and stymied by the >
DeVos, Long Opposed to Federal Gun Control, Takes on School Safety (CER in the news)
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Mar 13, 7:13 AM: Mrs. DeVos struggled to explain in a CBS interview how her advocacy for charter schools in her home state of Michigan had benefited students. When Mrs. DeVos was asked if she had visited some of the schools that are struggling the >
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbles during pointed ‘60 Minutes’ interview
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Mar 12, 7:24 AM: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes” show on Sunday night and stumbled in answering questions that journalist Lesley Stahl asked her during a pointed interview.
Opinion: Jonathan Chait Can’t Rewrite the Obama Education Legacy
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Mar 9, 8:06 AM: We appreciate Chait’s earnest attempt to champion a middle path on school reform, something sorely missing on the left in our ResistanceTM era. But Obama-style school reform was undone in no small part by a troubling faith in >
DeVos Rips State Education Chiefs for Their K-12 Vision
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Mar 6, 8:06 AM: The education secretary said she was looking for more creativity from the nation’s schools chiefs and that they were not taking advantage of the historic flexibility the law gives them.
One Year In, Betsy DeVos Has Supercharged Teacher Activism (CER in the news)
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Feb 14, 8:15 AM: As in so many industries and among Democrats at large, there has been a wave of activism in response to President Donald Trump in the past year. In education, this activism has manifested as a renewed rallying around traditional >
As DeVos Approves Education Plans, She Finds Skeptics in G.O.P. Governors
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Feb 12, 9:11 AM: The majority of states now have the green light from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to begin implementing a sweeping federal law passed in 2015 to replace the much-maligned No Child Left Behind law.
A year after ascending, DeVos hails shrinking of the Education Department
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Feb 8, 8:02 AM: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proclaimed Wednesday that her proudest accomplishments in her first year in office were shrinking the role of the agency, rolling back Obama-era initiatives and erasing outdated regulations.
What Trump Didn’t Say About Education
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Feb 1, 8:22 AM: Sometimes what’s not said in a State of the Union address is just as relevant as what’s said. That’s what some in the education world are thinking, at least, about Trump’s lack of mention of their topic in last night’s address. >
Michigan exploring whether tax overhaul creates state deduction for private school tuition
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Jan 19, 7:09 AM: Michigan offers two state-sponsored 529 savings plans. But as of now, just one - the Michigan Education Savings Program - is eligible to be used to cover private school tuition, according to the Michigan Department of >
DeVos Hits Bush, Obama on Education Policy
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Jan 17, 8:13 AM: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took to task previous administrations – both Democratic and Republican – for taking too heavy-handed an approach in driving education policy, resulting in stagnant academic achievement despite >
Education Department faced turbulent year during Trump’s first year in office
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Jan 16, 8:06 AM: 2017 was a turbulent year for the federal Department of Education — an agency that oversees education policy for around 50 million kids nationwide.
CER Urges President to Keep Education Front and Center in Rural Initiative
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Jan 9, 8:05 AM:

In its First 100 Days, and since, CER has urged the Administration to boldly consider efforts to bolster the use of existing and expected federal funds to create the potential for expanded, personalized learning that employs 21st >

Concerns Mount Over K-12 Education Plans
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Jan 4, 8:12 AM:

As states cement education plans for their schools under the federal K-12 law, the Department of Education is working furiously to assess them amid mounting concerns about states' commitment to following the law, their proposals >

Betsy DeVos makes first visit to Middle Tennessee with trip to Rutherford County Schools
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Nov 30, 8:06 AM: DeVos, during questions with reporters, said she remains supportive of voucher programs like the ones that have been rejected by the Tennessee General Assembly. Vouchers are publicly funded scholarships for students to attend >
A Tax Break for Education (by Jeanne Allen)
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Nov 27, 8:32 AM: Ron Lieber’s review of the effect of proposed changes to the 529 education savings plan illustrates the difficulties involved in finding fair, equitable and effective ways of using the tax code to improve access to quality >
Trump nominee for No. 2 spot at Education Department stumbles on key questions at confirmation heari
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Nov 16, 8:18 AM: The retired brigadier general tapped to be No. 2 at the Education Department behind Betsy DeVos told Congress on Wednesday he was “unaware” of extensive research showing that voucher programs in three states negatively affected >
I’m a Mother of 4. I Can Attest to the Benefits of 529 Plans. But…( by Jeanne Allen)
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Nov 15, 8:20 AM: While the House’s move is a step in the right direction, we deeply believe Congress must commit to a new approach to solving today’s education and workforce challenges. Therefore, we recommend consideration of a bolder, broad, more >
The Private School Tax Break in the Middle-Class Tax Bill
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Nov 9, 7:58 AM: If we are to believe the Republican policymakers who control the current attempt to overhaul our tax system, a big point of the exercise is to help the middle class. So how best to explain a possible tax break of more than $30,000 >
Betsy DeVos lauds innovative teaching practices at awards ceremony
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Nov 8, 8:16 AM: At Calvert Elementary School in Auburn, Neb., students are free to move at their own pace rather than being pushed to keep up with the class.

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