Latest Betsy DeVos News

New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools

Dec. 6, 2018 2:22 PM EST

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state's attorney general, ultimately lost to...

For-profit college closes operations, surprising students

Dec. 5, 2018 9:02 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One of the nation's largest for-profit college chains announced Wednesday that it was abruptly closing in dozens of locations nationwide, after its accrediting agency suspended approval. Birmingham, Alabama-based Education Corp. of America said it was closing schools operating as...

Union: Chicago teachers stage 1st US charter school strike

Dec. 4, 2018 3:50 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network took to the picket lines Tuesday in what their union described as the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S. The strike at Acero's 15 charter schools in Chicago following months of failed contract...

Former govt. student loan official opens new organization

Nov. 28, 2018 10:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former top government official who oversaw the $1.5 trillion student loan market has decided to start a new private organization that he believes will do a better job protecting student borrowers than his current government counterparts. Seth Frotman resigned from the Consumer Financial...

DeVos warns of crisis amid ballooning student debt

Nov. 27, 2018 2:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that ballooning student debt has caused a "crisis in higher education," and that the traditional path to college might not be the best choice for all students. DeVos made the comments in Atlanta at a training conference for the Education...

DeVos reinstates for-profit college watchdog cut under Obama

Nov. 21, 2018 4:12 PM EST

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday restored federal recognition to an accrediting group that oversees dozens of for-profit colleges but was shut down by the Obama administration over allegations of lax supervision. Her decision says the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools was found...

Congress to probe Ivanka Trump's private email use in WH

Nov. 20, 2018 7:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill will be scrutinizing Ivanka Trump's personal email use in the White House in light of new revelations that she sent hundreds of messages about government business from that account last year. On Tuesday, the Republican chairmen of Senate and House...

AP Exclusive: Gov't questions unfair student loan practices

Nov. 20, 2018 5:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the nation's largest student loan servicing companies may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into higher-cost repayment plans. That's the finding of a Department of Education audit of practices at Navient Corp., the nation's third-largest student...

Report: Ivanka Trump used personal email for government work

Nov. 19, 2018 8:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post reported Monday. The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump's assistants,...

DeVos wants to change campus rules on sexual misconduct

Nov. 17, 2018 2:17 AM EST

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. Her plan would scale back important Obama...