private schools

DeVos-backed voucher initiative submits second petition in effort to avoid veto from Whitmer 

BY: - August 29, 2022

A right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan has submitted a second petition in an effort to do an end-around Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto pen. The Let MI Kids Learn campaign, backed by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate and funder of school choice and charter schools, submitted […]

ACLU, education groups fight suit to overturn constitutional ban on private school funding

BY: - April 21, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan is working to stop a right-wing attempt to funnel state funds intended for public schools to private schools in the state. In September, five families filed in federal court a lawsuit, Hile v. Michigan, to strike down the 1970 Blaine Amendment in the state Constitution, which bans […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: We must fight back against the DeVos education agenda

BY: - April 13, 2022

Michiganders have known for a long time that the DeVos family is a threat to public education.  Over the years, Betsy DeVos has been extremely active in the conservative movement to undermine public education and funnel taxpayer dollars into non-public schools, including her track record as former President Trump’s secretary of Education advancing this reckless […]

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 […]

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 […]

Judge grants Nessel preliminary injunction to halt DeVos’ private school funding rule

BY: - August 27, 2020

A federal judge granted Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s request to temporarily halt Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ implementation of a rule requiring K-12 public schools to share CARES Act relief funding with private schools.  Judge James Donato, who presides over California’s U.S. District Court Northern District, granted the preliminary injunction late Wednesday. A section of […]

Michigan argues in court DeVos pulled a ‘reverse Robin Hood’ on COVID-19 school funding

BY: - August 19, 2020

Oral arguments took place Tuesday for a lawsuit led by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, with attorneys for the former arguing the latter’s requirement for K-12 public schools to split CARES Act relief funding with private schools is unlawful. The CARES Act passed in March by Congress stipulates that public […]

Teachers finally invited to testify about school reopening concerns

BY: - July 29, 2020

Two teachers were asked to testify during the Senate Education and Career Readiness committee meeting Tuesday — the first time educators were able to share their perspectives on the state’s school reopening plans during a legislative hearing.  A number of Democratic legislators raised concerns during a July 15 state House and Senate joint Education Committee […]

Nessel sues DeVos for ‘unlawfully’ splitting COVID-19 funds between public, private schools

BY: - July 7, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday she is leading a coalition of attorneys general in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her rule requiring public and private schools to split federal funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, regardless of schools’ economic needs. “We cannot and will not sit […]

Pandemic causing ‘major decline’ in low-income college student enrollment

BY: - June 3, 2020

Some Michigan colleges have seen a “major decline” in enrollment of low-income, Pell-eligible first-year students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to higher education officials who spoke Wednesday before members of a state House subcommittee. Students with families making about $50,000 or less a year are not enrolling at the same rates because of pandemic-caused […]

Top Dem calls on DeVos to stop funding private schools with COVID-19 relief money

BY: - May 18, 2020

U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) is calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to abandon her plan to divert emergency education funding toward private school vouchers. The federal support was intended to provide COVID-19 relief for public schools in states that were most affected by the disease. DeVos, a Michigan […]