Department of Education

The feds granted millions for Michigan charter schools that never opened. Where did the money go?

BY: - December 14, 2019

A new study from the Network for Public Education shows that 72 Michigan charter schools were granted money through the federal Charter School Program (CSP), but never enrolled a single student. Despite never opening their doors, these schools received $7.7 million from 2006 to 2014.  The Network for Public Education, a New York City-based public […]

Dem to DeVos in hearing: You’re the ‘most unpopular person in our government’ 

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Florida Democratic congresswoman on Thursday told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, “You are the most unpopular person in our government.”  U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) was among the many Democrats who berated DeVos at a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s controversial rewrite of a student loan forgiveness […]

Levin calls Duke-UNC investigation over Islamic curriculum a ‘threat to academic freedom’

BY: - November 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlining concerns and requesting documentation regarding the department’s investigation into the Duke-University of North Carolina (UNC) Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies curriculum. In August, the Department of Education (DOE) wrote a letter to the […]


Column: DeVos’ formula for success: Trash public schools and push privatization

BY: - November 4, 2019

When U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos discussed the results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress, she described them as “devastating” and part of a worsening crisis in education. The results showed a slight decline in reading scores and a flattening in math scores. She noted that two out of three of the […]

How Trump admin food stamp changes could put school districts in greater debt

BY: - October 16, 2019

The rollout of new federal regulations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has families and school districts nervously waiting to find out who will pay for school lunches after more than 95,000 Michigan households are expected to lose their food stamp benefits. The changes, which make qualifying for SNAP benefits much more difficult, will […]

DeVos pushes for more school choice during Detroit visit

BY: - September 20, 2019

For the first time since she began serving as U.S. secretary of education, Betsy DeVos came to visit students in a Detroit-area school.  On Friday, DeVos toured Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA), a public charter school located just outside the Eastern Market area, where she talked about the ‘innovative’ school choice efforts in the […]

What M-STEP scores showed us about Michigan’s education achievement gap

BY: - September 17, 2019

Michigan schools still face a tremendous achievement gap between white students, students of color and economically disadvantaged students, even though overall statewide test scores are on the rise.    Data from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) shows school districts statewide are making small improvements on the M-STEP, a standardized test given to students in the […]

Feds hit MSU with $4.5M fine as provost abruptly resigns

BY: - September 5, 2019

The Larry Nassar and William Strampel scandals continue to plague Michigan State University.  The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has determined that the university failed to comply with federal standards to sexual assault and discrimination and will levy a record $4.5 million fine against the institution. The DOE report led to the immediate resignation of […]