Tag Archives: Betsy DeVos

ACLU Sues DeVos Over New Sexual Assault Guidelines

Yahoo News reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ revised federal guidelines on how sexual assault allegations should be handled on college and K-12 campuses is the target of a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, claiming the changes would “inflict significant harm” on victims and “dramatically undermine” their civil rights. The suit, filed on behalf of four advocacy groups for sexual assault survivors, …

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Sexual Harassment Definition Narrowed By DeVos

The New York Times reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday issued final rules for how public and private schools and colleges must address allegations of sexual misconduct, locking in protections for accused students and faculty but tempering earlier proposals that critics said would harm victims of assault and harassment. The rules preserve Ms. DeVos’s broad goals in overhauling Title …

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DeVos Sued For Garnishing Wages Over Student Debt

Politico reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is continuing to garnish the wages of federal student loan borrowers who fall behind on payments even though Congress suspended the practice in the economic rescue package, according to a new lawsuit. An upstate New York woman who works as a home health aide for less than $13 an hour claimed in the lawsuit, …

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Emails Show Fox Promised Betsy DeVos Easy Interview

The Hollywood Reporter reports: In 2018 and 2019, booking Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was a top priority for both producers and anchors at the Fox News Channel. So much so that one Fox News producer sought to reassure Devos’ press secretary that host Maria Bartiromo would go easy on the Secretary if she sat for an interview, which she …

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Erik Prince Recruits Spies To Infiltrate Liberal Groups

The New York Times reports: Erik Prince, the security contractor with close ties to the Trump administration, has in recent years helped recruit former American and British spies for secretive intelligence-gathering operations that included infiltrating Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations and other groups considered hostile to the Trump agenda, according to interviews and documents. One of the former spies, an …

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Trump Officials To Speak At Christian Media Convention

ABC News reports: U.S. Attorney General William Barr will be a featured speaker today at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Tennessee. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Jay Sekulow, one of the attorneys who defended President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial, are also on the schedule. Barr’s afternoon presentation is part of a forum that will explore how …

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Nonexistent College Accredited Thanks To Betsy DeVos

USA Today reports: Reagan National University was supposed to be a place of higher learning in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But it was unclear how it awarded degrees. By all appearances, at present it has no students, no faculty and no classrooms. An agency meant to serve as a gatekeeper for federal money gave the university approval to operate anyway. …

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House Committee Threatens To Subpoena Betsy DeVos After She Blows Them Off For Trump Campaign Events

She’ll probably just ignore it. Nothing matters anymore. House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) warned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday that the panel may subpoena her to testify after she attended campaign events on behalf of President Trump rather than testifying before the committee. The committee chair wrote that while DeVos is not barred from campaigning for the …

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DeVos: Being Pro-Choice Is Like Being Pro-Slavery

The Colorado Times-Recorder reports: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos weighed in on a host of issues during the Colorado Christian University’s annual president’s dinner Wednesday night at the Museum of the Bible, at one point drawing comparisons of the abortion rights debate to the ending of slavery. “Lincoln too contended with the pro-choice arguments of his day. They suggested that …

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Erik Prince Held Secret Talks With Maduro Regime

Reuters reports: Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro’s closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter. The visit, described by one source as “outreach” by Prince …

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DeVos Forced 46K Students To Repay Scam Loans

Law & Crime reports: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her Department of Education (DOE) violated a court order which prohibited the agency from collecting student loan payments from defrauded borrowers–and then she drastically under-counted the number of former students who were impacted by that initial illegal decision. In a 14-page compliance report filed with the U.S. District Court …

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Betsy DeVos Held In Contempt Over Student Loans

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge on Thursday held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt for violating an order to stop collecting loan payments from former Corinthian Colleges students. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco slapped the Education Department with a $100,000 fine for violating a preliminary injunction. Money from the fine will …

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Trump Admin Gave Millions In Grants To Students At Unaccredited For-Profit Pentecostal-Run “Art Colleges”

The Washington Post reports: A trove of documents released Tuesday by the House Education and Labor Committee shows the Education Department provided $10.7 million in federal loans and grants to students at the Illinois Institute of Art and the Art Institute of Colorado even though officials knew the for-profit colleges were not accredited and ineligible to receive such aid. The …

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Trump To Launch 2020 Campaign At Orlando’s Amway Center (Arena Naming Rights Bought By DeVos Family)

The Orlando Sentinel reports: President Trump declared Friday on Twitter that he will launch his 2020 run for president run at a campaign rally in Orlando on June 18. The move highlights the critical importance of the I-4 Corridor and Florida, which is expected to be a key battleground state as Trump seeks a second term. The campaign inked a …

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DeVos Complains: Stop Using My Name As Clickbait

Politico reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday accused many in the media of using her name as “clickbait,” telling an audience of journalists that “education is not about Betsy DeVos nor any other individual.” DeVos, speaking at the National Education Writers Association conference in Baltimore, acknowledged she’s not comfortable in the spotlight and never imagined she’d be the focus …

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House To Make Criminal Perjury Referral For Erik Prince

The Washington Post reports: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that his panel would make a criminal referral to the Justice Department regarding potential false testimony by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of the private military contractor Blackwater and an ally of President Trump. “The evidence is so weighty that the Justice Department needs to consider …

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LIVE VIDEO: Betsy DeVos Testifies On Education Cuts

Josh Israel reports at Think Progress: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will testify before Congress on Wednesday about her priorities for the department, weeks after she proposed billions of dollars in cuts for education spending in fiscal year 2020. DeVos has labeled the cuts “tough choices,” but new analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) shows DeVos’ personal …

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Trump Overrules DeVos On Special Olympics Funding

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump said he would jettison a proposal to slash funding for the Special Olympics, undercutting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people I want to fund the Special Olympics,” Trump said he left the White House en route to a political rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. “I …

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Erik Prince’s Firm To Open Training Camp In China

The Guardian reports: A Hong Kong-listed security firm founded by Erik Prince has signed a preliminary deal with authorities in China to build a training centre in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims have experienced a huge security crackdown. Frontier Services Group, which specialises in providing security and logistics for businesses operating in risky regions, said it had signed a deal to …

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DeVos Forced To Cancel $150M In Student Loan Debt

Politico reports: The Trump administration said Thursday it will cancel thousands of borrowers’ federal student loans, carrying out an Obama-era policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had fought to kill. The move comes as DeVos is being forced to implement a package of regulations that created more protections for student loan borrowers who were affected by a school closure or …

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