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Education Officials Expect Betsy DeVos To Resign From Trump Administration

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Education Officials Expect Betsy DeVos To Resign From Trump Administration

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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

A sprawling Politico profile outlines a troubled U.S. Department of Education under the shaky leadership of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Thomas Toch, director of independent education think tank FutureEd, told Politico that DeVos was ignorant of the job’s constraints when she accepted it and insiders are already preparing for her to vacate the position.

“She can’t fill her senior staff slots,” he said. “Morale is terrible at the department.”

DeVos was roundly criticized for her lack of basic knowledge about education policy during the confirmation hearing process. She blames President Donald Trump’s transition team, claiming she was “undercoached.”

One doubts most nominees for education secretary need to be coached not to cite grizzly bears as a rationale to have guns in schools.

“I’ll tell you, in Washington education circles, the conversation is already about the post-DeVos landscape, because the assumption is she won’t stay long,” Toch told Politico. “I think she’s been probably one of the most ineffective people to ever hold the job.”

Politico notes that Toch’s assessment was “somewhat harsher” than comments from department employees, since they perceive DeVos as ineffective and deterred from seeking major changes after discovering the limits of her power.

“If there’s one thing DeVos has learned so far, it’s that getting your way in Washington requires time, patience and government savvy—three things she does not have,” the profile bluntly states.

Chris Sosa is an associate editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Previously, he was a campaign specialist and media spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.




  1. idamag November 4, 2017

    If only, but then who will trump appoint? Maybe, he will pardon Charles Manson and make him Secretary of education

  2. TZToronto November 4, 2017

    She’s like Trump himself. She can’t make the changes she’d like to make (de-funding public schools to give huge grants to private, elite schools, perhaps?). Trump can’t order the DOJ to indict Hillary Clinton, send the NYC truck murderer to Guantanemo or the executioner, or force the FBI to investigate what he, in his continuous lack of knowledge of how the federal government works, thinks they should investigate. After all, he’s the boss, isn’t he? Wouldn’t it be more efficient to just let Trump and De Vos do whatever they feel like doing? Saves time. Re-allocates money to where they think it belongs. And heck, the trains might start running on time, too. All these rules just slow down the much-needed changes to education and American life.

  3. PrecipitousDrop November 4, 2017

    Ordinarily, I’d be happy if Ms. DeVos resigned from further efforts to dismantle secular, public education.
    Trouble is, Trump and Pence could put somebody worse in that office. Roy Moore, maybe. Or Todd Akin, Michele Bachmann, or Tony Perkins… One of the Duggars…

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  4. dtgraham November 6, 2017

    I’d like to make a Betsy Devos joke here, but I can’t top idamag or PrecipitousDrop.



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