Tag: policies

In farewell, DeVos urges Congress to reject Biden’s policies

In a farewell letter to Congress on Monday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged lawmakers to reject President-elect Joe Biden’s education agenda, while imploring them to shield Trump administration policies that Biden has promised to eliminate.

DeVos does not explicitly acknowledge President Donald Trump’s election defeat nor does she refer to Biden by name. Instead, her letter offers lawmakers “some encouragement and closing thoughts.” As DeVos prepares to exit the Education Department, she says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed much that is “not encouraging” about U.S. education.

“While my time as Secretary is finite, my time as an advocate for children

Read more

Potential Biden education secretary pick was a vocal critic of Obama-era policies

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the former National Education Association president and top candidate for the role of education secretary in President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet, was a vocal critic of education policies adopted under the Obama administration.

Eskelsen Garcia, who retired from the NEA’s top role, has pushed for lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle to support her candidacy. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorsed Eskelsen Garcia for the role in a letter to Biden, arguing that she is well-equipped to pursue the president-elect’s goal of combating racial disparities in education.

The prospective candidate was critical of the Obama administration’s approach

Read more

The telling things Barack Obama wrote — and didn’t mention — about his education policies in new memoir

But on one important issue that proved to be a flash point — education policy — he doesn’t have much to say. The memoir’s index shows references to education policies on only four of 701 narrative pages — and none are more than a few sentences. What he doesn’t address says at least as much as what he does.

Meanwhile, his vice president, Joe Biden, will become president of the United States on Jan. 20, and the Biden education agenda will be compared not only to that of President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos did but also to Obama’s.

Read more