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The Legacy Of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos : NPR

Betsy DeVos, U.S. education secretary under President Trump.

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Betsy DeVos, U.S. education secretary under President Trump.

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What to make of the tenure of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos depends, like beauty itself, on the eye of the beholder.

To the president who asked her to run the Department of Education, she was a loyal lieutenant who argued for her department’s irrelevance in a nation where control of schools is a local affair — that is, until she argued the opposite, at the president’s urging, and threatened schools with a loss of federal funding if they refused to reopen mid-pandemic.

To Christian conservatives, she was a hero who once

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