Warren Pledges to Tap Public School Teacher as Education Secretary

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN, the Massachusetts Democrat running for president, pledged that if elected, she would tap a public school teacher to be her secretary of education. “In my administration, the Secretary of Education will be a former public school teacher who is committed to public education,” Warren, herself a former special education teacher, wrote in a campaign email blasted to supporters Monday. “Let’s get a person with real teaching experience,” she wrote, taking direct aim at Read More

President’s Budget Expands Education Freedom, Protects Vulnerable Students

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education today released the Administration’s budget request for the 2019 fiscal year. The budget builds upon President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to expand education freedom for all families and return power to local leaders. “The president’s budget request expands education freedom for America’s families while protecting our nation’s most vulnerable students,” said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “The budget also reflects our commitment to spending taxpayer dollars wisely and Read More

Even with unprecedented opposition, Betsy DeVos is likely to squeak through to become secretary of Education

Phone calls jammed congressional switchboards. Two Republican senators defected. Democrats held a last-ditch, 24-hour Senate debate in hope of shaking loose one additional vote. “We just need one more,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who was leading the effort.  “Let’s ask President Trump to send us someone who is qualified.” But the effort is not expected to be enough to prevent Betsy DeVos from becoming U.S. secretary of Education. DeVos will probably squeak through the confirmation process on Tuesday with the Read More