Tag: DeVos

DeVos appointee who oversaw America’s student-loan portfolio resigns as Biden education secretary pledges to ease student-debt burden

Mark Brown, the head of the office overseeing the government’s student-loan portfolio, resigned Friday, following calls on the Biden administration to remove Brown, who was appointed by former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. 

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement Friday morning that he’d accepted Brown’s resignation from the post of chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid. In the statement, Cardona also hinted at his priorities for the office and higher education and student debt more broadly. 

“Under my leadership, the Department of Education will work to strengthen college as a reliable pathway to

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Betsy DeVos and the politics of fear: A not-so-fond farewell to Trump’s education secretary

Even Betsy DeVos — one of the longest-serving of Donald Trump’s revolving-door cabinet secretaries — finally reached what she called an “inflection point” with the former president’s open call for violent insurrection, resigning slightly before he left office. Amid the chaotic Trump administration, DeVos was in many ways the perfect choice for education secretary. She showed an astounding lack of knowledge about public education. She seemed at best uninterested and at worst downright hostile to America’s public schools.

DeVos’ tenure leaves us with unanswered questions: How is it possible that the leader of the Education Department could be so indifferent

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Through her divisive rhetoric, Education Secretary DeVos leaves a troubled legacy of her own

Editor’s note: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos resigned from her post effective Jan. 8, 2021, saying there was “no mistaking” the impact that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric had on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Here, five scholars offer their views on DeVos’ legacy at the federal agency she headed for four years.

Mark Hlavacik, associate professor of communication studies, University of North Texas:

In her resignation letter, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos explained that her sudden departure from the administration was motivated by President Donald Trump’s incendiary words to the crowd that went on to ransack the

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As DeVos exits, where does education go next?

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is one of the highest profile Cabinet members to resign from President Donald Trump’s administration, writing in the wake of the rampage at the Capitol, “Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us.” 

“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me,” she wrote to the president on Jan. 7.

Her departure on Friday was a dramatic finale for one of the longest-serving, and most controversial, members of President Trump’s senior administrative team – ending one of the most highly

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Elizabeth Warren Called Betsy DeVos the “Worst Secretary of Education Ever” in Scathing Send-Off

Betsy DeVos and Elizabeth Warren
Betsy DeVos and Elizabeth Warren

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On Thursday, January 7th, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation in response to the riot in the Capitol spearheaded by supporters of President Donald Trump. She, like other cabinet members and members of the Senate and House, pegged President Trump as the direct cause for the attack, which resulted in five deaths and destruction of Capitol Hill, however Democrat Congresspeople, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, aren’t about to make DeVos a hero for distancing herself from Trump a mere 12 days before he leaves office.


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