Betsy DeVos

MDE leaders slam feds for denying standardized test waiver

BY: - April 8, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) on Tuesday denied Michigan’s request to waive the federal requirement to administer the state’s standardized tests during the pandemic.  MDE requested in January the waiver, along with another for accountability requirements. But on March 26, USED only approved the accountability waiver due to “the disruption of instruction caused by […]

Watchdog: DeVos made at least $225M during time as education secretary

BY: - March 23, 2021

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a West Michigan native, made at least $225 million in outside income during her time serving in the Trump administration. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on government transparency, found in an analysis of DeVos’s financial disclosures that DeVos, Trump’s wealthiest cabinet members, […]

Feds say standardized tests won’t be waived

BY: - February 24, 2021

Schools will still have to administer federal standardized testing this year, according to the new Biden administration, but the regulations will be more lenient than in years past.  On Monday, Biden’s team announced that schools won’t receive a waiver for the required testing, but states have the flexibility to create shorter exams, offer remote options […]

Nessel took more than 200 legal actions in the Trump era. Here’s a look at where they stand.

BY: - February 1, 2021

Since the first week Attorney General Dana Nessel took office in January 2019, the Democrat has been busy joining multi-state lawsuits and other legal actions against now-former President Donald Trump’s administration. With a new Democratic administration now in charge, and President Joe Biden already reversing a number of Trump-era policies, the Advance took a look […]

DeVos resigns from Trump administration

BY: - January 8, 2021

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s first and only Education secretary and a longtime Michigan GOP donor and school choice advocate, on Thursday submitted her letter of resignation with less than two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden will take office. This comes after a Trump mob ransacked the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as part of a GOP effort […]

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Michigan schools in line for $1.7B in COVID-19 relief funds

BY: - January 6, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education has announced an additional $54 billion in COVID-19 relief funds for the nation’s public schools. Of that amount, $1.66 billion is slated for Michigan.  “This new funding — more than four times the initial awards to state educational agencies under the CARES Act—is intended to help states and school districts […]

Education Secretary DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil

BY: - December 16, 2020

Updated, 7:06 a.m., 12/16/20 WASHINGTON — In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try. Instead, the billionaire Michigan native and Republican megadonor championed private and charter schools, often trying […]

Judge approves permanent injunction in Nessel’s lawsuit against DeVos over private school funds

BY: - November 16, 2020

A district court judge in California has closed a case co-led by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over the latter’s move to divert some federal COVID-19 relief funding from public to private schools. A section of the CARES Act passed in March by Congress stipulates that public school districts […]

DeVos won’t appeal decision in Nessel lawsuit over private school funds 

BY: - September 29, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos won’t appeal a court ruling that annuls an interim final department rule requiring K-12 public schools to share federal CARES Act relief funding with private schools. “The Department strongly, but respectfully, disagrees with the ruling,” DeVos wrote in a Friday letter. “However, we respect the rule of law and will enforce […]

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Watchdog: Office of Special Counsel looking into alleged DeVos Hatch Act violation

BY: - September 22, 2020

A watchdog group recently filed a complaint against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, alleging she violated the Hatch Act when she criticized Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a Sept. 1 interview on Fox News. Now the Checks and Balances Project (C&BP) says the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is investigating DeVos’ actions. Scott Peterson, […]

DeVos refuses state testing waivers for current school year

BY: - September 4, 2020

After requests from state leaders to waive spring state assessments this school year, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos informed state Superintendent Michael Rice Thursday that Michigan should not anticipate any waivers to the federal requirement. In June, Rice and State Board of Education President Casandra Ulbrich requested DeVos continue waiving the federal requirements for student […]

Levin, education leaders say more federal funding is ‘urgent’ during pandemic

BY: - September 3, 2020

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, said on Wednesday that now is not the time for leaders in Washington, D.C., to withhold federal funding for Michigan’s public schools.  “With the state government and local governments facing a huge budget deficit, it’s just a double whammy loss […]