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    Betsy DeVos leaves a controversial legacy that could soon be reversed

    Her most lasting legacy may be a sweeping directive governing how schools handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Those rules, which give more due-process rights to the accused, will be difficult to unwind, though President-elect Joe Biden has said he will try. She also used executive authority to roll back Obama-era guidance on affirmative action, and to require college campuses to recognize free speech rights. Other DeVos priorities required congressional action, and she was able to move almost none of them through Congress. “If you want to make lasting changes in public policy, you need to enact laws,” said Terry Hartle, senior vice president for government relations with the…

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    Betsy DeVos leaves behind a stark but transient legacy at Trump’s Education Department

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, one of President Donald Trump’s original Cabinet members, resigned on Thursday evening after the president incited a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. The resignation, effective Friday, brings an end to one of the most contentious periods in recent Education Department (ED) history. Beyond the ED being sued 455 times during her tenure — the most in any administration since ED became a Cabinet-level agency in 1980 — what is Devos’ legacy? “I don’t think there’s going to be much of a legacy once the Biden folks get to work,” Michael Petrilli, a former ED official and current head of the Thomas…

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    ‘Good riddance’ and other reactions to resignation of Education Betsy DeVos

    Critics saw her as a longtime leader of the movement to privatize education who got the job despite having no experience as a teacher or even a public school student — and her departure is delighting them. For example, Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers union in the country, had two words for her: “Good riddance.” DeVos and Weingarten had a mutually critical relationship: Weingarten accused DeVos of undermining public education and DeVos accused the teachers unions of wanting to maintain “the status quo” and caring only about their members. Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the largest labor union in…

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    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submits resignation

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation to President Trump Thursday night, a day after “March for Trump” protesters invaded the U.S. Capitol building, a senior White House official with direct knowledge of her letter tells Axios. Why it matters: DeVos is the second Cabinet secretary to exit the administration in the wake of the deadly Capitol riot. Former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao submitted her resignation this week, effective Monday, Jan. 11. What she’s saying: “Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us,” DeVos said in her letter. “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection…

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    DeVos resigns as education secretary, citing Trump’s role in storming of Capitol

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned Thursday night in the wake of President Trump’s role in encouraging the storming of the Capitol by protesters on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal first reported. The department confirmed her resignation.  “We should be highlighting and celebrating your administration’s many accomplishments on behalf of the American people,” she wrote in the resignation letter to Trump, which was obtained by Inside Higher Ed. “Instead we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people’s business. That behavior was unconscionable for our country. There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation,…

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    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigns after Capitol riot

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigns after Capitol riot Updated: 9:24 PM CST Jan 7, 2021 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has become the second Cabinet secretary to resign a day after a pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol. In a resignation letter Thursday, DeVos blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming tensions in the violent assault on the seat of the nation’s democracy. She says, “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao tendered her resignation earlier Thursday. News of DeVos’ resignation was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.In a farewell letter to Congress earlier this…

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    Betsy DeVos Resigns a Day After Pro-Trump Mob Storms U.S. Capitol

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation Thursday, just a day after a violent insurrection in Washington that attempted to stop Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Her departure from President Donald Trump’s administration followed a string of resignations from the upper ranks of the executive branch following the violence at the U.S. Capitol, including another Cabinet official, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. In a letter to Trump announcing her resignation, effective Jan. 8, DeVos told the president that he was culpable for the violence at the Capitol, telling him that “there is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation” and called his actions…

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