Changes in federal education policy that will come under the Trump administration are still unclear, but many states are nevertheless proceeding with plans to meet requirements of the Obama administration’s Every Student Succeeds Act. Under the ESSA law, accountability has shifted from the federal government to individual states. “You won’t see a ton of federal intervention around.. read more →

By the end of her first full week as the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos had already sparred with a middle school and a former schools chancellor in Washington, accused some of the school’s teachers of passively awaiting instruction and said she would be pleased if the department she currently runs did not exist in.. read more →

What if special education just stopped in the U.S.? What if all the services our students with disabilities need went away? Rather than dismiss this as yet more apocalyptic rhetoric coming out in the early days of the Trump regime, consider this: for over a week, the Department of Education (DOE) website for American special.. read more →

The Obama administration’s accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act have been paused by the Trump administration, and they’re on thin ice in Congress. But U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants states to keep going on their ESSA plans. And she’s keeping in place the Obama administration’s timeline for submitting the plans, which.. read more →

Following no small amount of controversy, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the United States’ next education secretary today (Feb. 7), making history in the process. DeVos—whose flimsy qualifications and financial conflicts of interest made her one of president Donald Trump’s most contentious cabinet picks—scraped through the Senate by a 51-50 vote. Two Republican senators sided.. read more →

On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead. Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018… read more →

During her questioning of Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s just-confirmed pick for secretary of education, Washington Sen. Patty Murray asked whether DeVos believed that “fundamentally different types of corporate control structures—governance by owners versus governance by trustees—results in different decisions and behaviors by for-profit institutions compared to nonprofit and public schools?” DeVos’ one-word answer—“no”—spoke volumes about her worldview,.. read more →

Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in dramatic back-to-back speeches Wednesday said they would oppose confirming Betsy DeVos as Education secretary. The two became the first Republican senators to break with any of President Trump’s Cabinet picks. The defections set up a potential 51-50 vote in the Senate to confirm DeVos, with Vice President.. read more →

Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s choice for education secretary, has spent over two decades advocating for school choice programs, which give students and parents an alternative to traditional public school education. Her confirmation hearing was scheduled for.. read more →