Latest Betsy DeVos News

FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. DeVos is pushing ahead with a policy that will steer tens of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief to private primary schools and secondary schools across the nation.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

States sue to block DeVos' campus sexual assault overhaul

Jun. 4, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

Democratic attorneys general in more than a dozen states filed a federal lawsuit Thursday attempting to block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' new policy guiding schools and colleges in the handling of sexual assault cases. The lawsuit alleges that DeVos' policy undercuts existing mandates in Title IX, the 1972...

President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening country after the coronavirus closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump vetoes bipartisan measure against DeVos' loan rules

May. 29, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed a measure that would have overturned a policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued in 2019 making it harder for students to get their loans erased after being misled by for-profit colleges. The Senate gave final approval to the bipartisan measure in March, dealing a...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. DeVos is pushing ahead with a policy that will steer tens of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief to private primary schools and secondary schools across the nation.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

DeVos defends policy boosting virus aid for private schools

May. 26, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is pushing ahead with a policy that will steer tens of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief to private primary schools and secondary schools across the nation. The policy has drawn backlash from Democrats and state education leaders who say it reroutes money from needy...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Republican Senate candidate John James appears at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Battle Creek, Mich.  James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it’s become a cliche, but his race against Sen. Gary Peters in a presidential battleground state has gotten dicier. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

May. 21, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it’s become a cliche. The African American combat veteran, business owner and 38-year-old father of three brought down the house at the country's largest gathering of conservatives earlier this year. He...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, announced it is suing U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the city's public school district, saying its policies interfere with the education of students with special needs during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Teachers union sues DeVos, school district over special ed

May. 20, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday announced it is suing U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the city's public school district, saying its policies interfere with the education of students with special needs during the coronavirus pandemic. DeVos and Chicago Public...

Editorial Roundup: US

May. 20, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ May 19 The Washington Post on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' plan on governing how schools and colleges handle sexual harassment and assault accusations: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s long-planned overhaul of regulations governing...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon appears in court in Charlotte, Mich. A judge has dismissed criminal charges Wednesday, May 13, 2020 against Simon arising from the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal. Simon was ordered to trial last year on charges that she lied to police about her knowledge of a sexual misconduct complaint against Nassar. Nassar was a campus doctor and now is serving decades in prison.(Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)

Nassar-related case dismissed against ex-university chief

May. 13, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge dismissed criminal charges Wednesday against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, who was accused of lying to investigators in 2018 as they tried to learn what she knew years earlier about sexual assault complaints involving Larry Nassar. Simon last year was...

FILE - In this March 19, 2020 file photo, Rachel Keenan takes a live class online at her home in San Francisco. When students return to school after a lengthy pandemic-induced absence, the consensus is they will have lost significant academic ground. Still unresolved for governments and educators are the questions of how — or even whether — teachers should try to make up for lost learning. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Saturday classes? Schools mull ways to make up lost time

May. 13, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

When students return to school after a lengthy pandemic-induced absence, the consensus is they will have lost significant academic ground. Still unresolved for governments and educators are the questions of how — or even whether — teachers should try to make up for lost learning. Some have proposed...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pauses as she testifies during a hearing of a House Appropriations Sub-Committee on the fiscal year 2021 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration is barring most international students and all students who entered the U.S. illegally from receiving emergency college grants approved by Congress as part of a $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package. DeVos issued the restriction in new guidelines released Tuesday, April 21, 2020, telling colleges how to distribute more than $6 billion in grants meant to help students cover unexpected costs triggered by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Education Department targets employers over wage garnishment

May. 12, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

The U.S. Education Department says it's ramping up efforts to contact more than 37,000 employers who have improperly continued to garnish wages from workers who have fallen behind on their student loans. Congress ordered a temporary pause on involuntary collections in March, but the Education Department was sued...

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

54,000 still getting pay held over student debt, filing says

May. 11, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

A Monday court filing from the U.S. Education Department says the agency was still garnishing wages from more than 50,000 workers who had fallen behind on their student loans more than a month after Congress ordered an immediate suspension of the practice during the coronavirus pandemic. The finding, which...