Tag Archives: Betsy DeVos

Christian Billionaires Are Funding Anti-Equality Act Push

The Daily Beast reports: The National Christian Charitable Foundation (NCF), the nation’s sixth-largest charity and one of the biggest bankrollers of organizations currently on the front lines in the fight against the Equality Act. The NCF’s list of high-dollar donors include some of the country’s richest and most powerful families. Among them: Betsy DeVos’ eponymous family foundation, as well as …

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Judge Orders DeVos To Testify In Student Loans Lawsuit

NBC News reports: Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos must testify in a class-action lawsuit about her handling of student loan forgiveness claims, which involved delays in the administration’s decision-making and ultimate denial of a significant number of the applications, a federal judge ruled. In a 12-page ruling, Judge William Alsup denied a motion to quash a subpoena for the Cabinet …

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DeVos Possibly Made Over $400M During Trump Admin

From the government watchdog group CREW: Betsy DeVos reported at least $225 million — and potentially well over $414 million — in outside income while working as Donald Trump’s education secretary, according to an analysis of DeVos’s financial disclosures by CREW. It is impossible to know the exact amount because DeVos’s income is reported in broad ranges, but we do …

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Biden Moves To Undo DeVos Regs On Campus Assaults

The Washington Post reports: President Biden is directing the Education Department to review a controversial regulation governing how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault, with an eye toward unraveling a new system put into place by former education secretary Betsy DeVos. The DeVos regulation released last May spells out due process rights for those accused of harassment or …

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DeVos Quits, Cites Trump’s “Unconscionable Behavior”

The Wall Street Journal reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation to President Trump on Thursday night. “We should be highlighting and celebrating your Administration’s many accomplishments on behalf of the American people,” she wrote in a letter to the president. “Instead we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the U.S. Capitol in …

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DeVos: Stop Teaching “Anti-American Fake History”

The sister of a bloodthirsty mercenary writes for Fox News: This pandemic has laid bare a number of things about American education, not the least of which is that it’s not entirely American; in too many places, students are taught outright anti-American material. Look no further than the infamous 1619 Project launched by The New York Times. It’s a debunked …

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DeVos To Career Staffers: “Be The Resistance” To Biden

Politico reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged career employees at the Education Department on Tuesday to “be the resistance” when the Biden administration comes into power next month. During a department-wide virtual meeting to discuss the shift to the new administration, DeVos acknowledged that most of the agency’s thousands of career employees “will be here through the coming transition and …

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DeVos Slams Free College As “Socialist Takeover”

The Associated Press reports: In a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden’s education plans, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday blasted the push for free college as a “socialist takeover of higher education” that could damage the nation’s economy. Speaking at an online conference hosted by the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid office, DeVos did not mention Biden by name. …

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DeVos Vows To Use “Bully Pulpit” To Get Schools Open

Politico reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pledged Wednesday to use the “bully pulpit” to pressure states to reopen schools for in-person learning amid the pandemic. DeVos said on a Zoom event that she and President Donald Trump have been “very consistent” about the need to reopen schools for in-person learning “in every possible situation.” DeVos used the pandemic as reason …

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DeVos: Science Says Children Are COVID “Stoppers”

“Certainly we all want school to be safe for kids. But the reality is, the science tells us that in – being in school is safe for children. There was just a study that came out from Germany on Monday that suggests that actually kids might even be stoppers of the virus. “That it was over 2,000 kids studied and …

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DeVos Won’t Say If Schools Should Abide By CDC Rules

CNN reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday refused to say whether schools should follow guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reopening, saying those guidelines are meant to be “flexible.” “The CDC guidelines are just that, meant to be flexible and meant to be applied as appropriate for the situation,” DeVos told CNN’s Dana Bash. …

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DeVos On Opening Schools: Space Flight Is Also Risky

The Daily Beast reports: On a call with the nation’s governors Tuesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos chastised local officials for doing “next to nothing” to provide academic services to students and demanded they reopen schools in the fall regardless of the state of the COVID pandemic. The issue, DeVos stressed at one point, was merely a matter of calculated …

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Pences Voted By Mail In Primary Using Former Address

The Associated Press reports: Vice President Mike Pence and a half-dozen other senior advisers to President Donald Trump have repeatedly voted by mail, according to election records obtained by The Associated Press. That undercuts the president’s argument that the practice will lead to widespread fraud this November. More than three years after leaving the Indiana governor’s residence, Pence still lists …

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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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