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Monday, December 11, 2017
Annie Waldman

Taking Charter Schools Private — With Public Funds

This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row. It designated the charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade as the worst public school in Clay County, and one of the lowest performing in the state.

September 20, 2017
DeVos

Democratic Senators Condemn Betsy DeVos’ Record On Civil Rights

“You claim to support civil rights and oppose discrimination, but your actions belie your assurances,” wrote the senators, who said that the secretary’s recent moves to curtail civil rights efforts heightened their longstanding concerns about her commitment to protecting students from discrimination and harassment.

June 28, 2017
University_of_Vermont_8

Voucher Program Helps Well-Off Vermonters Pay For Prep School At Public Expense

A self-made Vermonter, Glenn Bowman has sent both his children to out-of-state prep schools. His son plays lacrosse and football at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and his daughter studied advanced dance at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.

June 2, 2017
DeVos

DeVos Pick To Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination For Being White

On Wednesday, DeVos formally announced Jackson’s position as deputy assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights, a role that does not require Senate confirmation. The 39-year-old attorney will act as assistant secretary in charge of the office until that position is filled. DeVos has not yet selected a nominee, who would have to receive Senate confirmation.

April 15, 2017
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

Former Lobbyist With For-Profit Colleges Quits Department Of Education

On the day Taylor Hansen resigned, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)., sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, citing ProPublica’s reporting. “Mr. Hansen’s recent employment history clearly calls into question his impartiality in dealing with higher education issues at the Department of Education, and raises alarming conflict of interest concerns,” she wrote.

March 21, 2017
DeVos, Intelligent Design, Creationism

DeVos’ Code Words For Creationism Offshoot Raise Concerns About ‘Junk Science’

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick as secretary of education, has funded groups that champion “intelligent design,” a sophisticated outgrowth of creationism. Science educators worry that she could use her bully pulpit to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools.

January 31, 2017