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Betsy DeVos is under investigation for potentially violating the Hatch Act when she slammed Joe Biden in a Fox News interview

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as Vice President Mike Pence listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. <p class="copyright">Alex Wong/Getty Images</p>
US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as Vice President Mike Pence listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.
  • Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos is being investigated under the Hatch Act, Politico reported. 

  • The investigation is into comments she made on a Fox News interview slamming Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. 

  • The Hatch Act bars top-level government officials, excluding the president and vice-president, from partaking in political activity.

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is being

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Obama education secretary on Trump and DeVos

Arne Duncan served as secretary of education under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015. Today Duncan is advocating for #BackToSchoolSolutions, a new community-oriented campaign founded by Arianna Huffington aimed at sourcing first-hand stories and ideas for how communities can help U.S. children this back-to-school season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duncan tells Yahoo Finance that the burden of finding solutions for schools amid the pandemic is falling to those at the local level as a result of a “lack of leadership” from the federal government. 

“I think the innovation, the creativity, the solutions, or the answers are all going to

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Judge strikes down DeVos plan to boost pandemic relief for private schools

A federal judge on Friday ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ effort to boost the amount of emergency pandemic relief that flows to private school students is illegal and struck down the policy.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, an appointee of President Donald Trump, ruled that DeVos ran afoul of the CARES Act when she required public schools to send a greater share of pandemic assistance to private school students than is typically required under federal law.

The judge sided with the NAACP, which had brought the legal challenge against DeVos’ policy, criticizing it as a ploy to divert emergency

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Judge temporarily blocks DeVos rule that would divert relief from public to private schools

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Education Department must temporarily hold off on implementing a controversial rule that would have directed congressionally approved COVID-19 relief funds away from public schools.

Under the CARES Act, some of the federal funds directed to local education agencies were to be shared with private schools. However, the Education Department under Secretary Betsy DeVos instituted a rule that would allocate those funds based on the total number of students enrolled at private schools rather than the number of low-income students attending, which is traditionally how Title I funds are distributed.

According to the ruling

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23 AGs sue DeVos over student loan forgiveness policy

Democratic attorneys general in more than 20 states sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday, seeking to repeal her overhaul of a student loan forgiveness program.

Congress voted to strike down her policy, which makes it more difficult to get federal student loans erased, but President Donald Trump saved it through a veto.

Led by California and Massachusetts, a coalition of 22 states and the District of Columbia are challenging DeVos’ policy in a federal suit filed in San Francisco. They say DeVos violated federal rules by issuing her policy without justification, and they say her rules fail to create

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