Betsy DeVos is Secretary of the Department of Education.
DeVos is Chairman of the Windquest Group, a privately held investment and management firm based in Michigan with a consumer product and service portfolio. She served on the Republican National Committee from 1992 to 1998, and was Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party four times from 1996 to 2005. (Source: Betsy DeVos website, 12/27/2016)
She wants to “reform America’s broken education system by giving parents more options for their children’s education,” and is an advocate for education voucher programs, which she calls “private school choice programs.”
DeVos is married to Dick DeVos. The couple is among the wealthiest 100 families in the United States. They have four children.
|2001||DeVos argues that the education system can "advance God's Kingdom" by using public funds on private and religious schools. politico.com|
|2015.11.23||Trump nominates Betsy DeVos as education secretary. nytimes.com|
|2016.02.25||DeVos argues for Rubio over Trump in the presidential campaign. washingtonexaminer.com|
|2016.07.13||DeVos expresses misgivings about Trump candidacy just before Republican National Convention. detroitnews.com|
|2016.11.23||DeVos tweets about her opposition to Common Core curriculum standards and links to her full position: https://t.co/qB2nAXvX0B twitter.com|
|2016.12.15||The Boston globe lists 13 high ranking members of Trump's cabinet who are staunch opponents or who have fought against LGBT rights. bostonglobe.com (See also Homophobia, LGBTQIA, Presidential Transition, Mike Pence, Ken Blackwell, Nikki Haley, Michael Flynn, Ben Carson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price)|
The individuals are, Mike Pence, Tony Perkins, Ken Blackwell, Kay Coles, Ken Klukowski, Ed Meese, Betsy DeVos, Tom Price, Jeff Sessions, Ben Carson, Michael Flynn, Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo.
|2017.01.20||Betsy DeVos refuses to give up estimated $5-25 million financial stake in "brain performance" company Neurocore, whose legitimacy has been questioned by experts. nytimes.com (See also Department of Education, Education, People with Disabilities, Americans with Disabilities, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.03.01||NAACP releases a statement in response to Betsy DeVos' misappropriation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities as school choice. naacp.org (See also Racism, Department of Education)|
|2017.03.10||Forbes lists DeVos family in wealthiest list of Americans. forbes.com|
|2017.04.08||U.S Marshals announce Betsy DeVos will cost the agency $1 million a month in security fees. nbcnews.com|
|2017.05.24||Betsy DeVos refuses to say whether she’d withhold federal funds from private schools that discriminate against LGBQIA students. washingtonpost.com (See also Education, Department of Education, LGBTQIA)|
|2017.06.18||The Department of Education is scaling back investigations into civil rights violations at the nation’s public schools and universities, easing off mandates imposed by the Obama administration, loosening rules that spurred broad looks at issues from sexual assault to disciplinary actions. nytimes.com (See also Department of Education)|
|2017.07.06||Eighteen states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Education Department over her decision to roll back rules designed to help students who have been defrauded by their colleges. buzzfeed.com (See also Department of Education)|
|2017.09.07||Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said that her administration would rewrite rules regarding policing campus sexual assault in an effort to protect both the victims and the accused. nytimes.com (See also Department of Education, Women)|
|2017.10.17||A group of 18 Democratic attorneys general is suing the Trump administration over its oversight of for-profit colleges, saying that the Education Department's refusal to enforce a regulation punishing predatory career programs "leaves students vulnerable to exploitation and fraud." buzzfeed.com (See also Legal Issues, Department of Education)|
|2017.10.21||The Education Department has rescinded 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities as part of the Trump administration’s effort to eliminate regulations it deems superfluous. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Education)|
|2017.11.01||Senator Patty Murray assailed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying her husband broke pledge to end political contributions. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Department of Education, Corruption)|
|2017.12.14||Betsy DeVos was hit with two lawsuits in one day over backlog of tens of thousands of student debt relief claims languishing at the U.S. Department of Education. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Education, Legal Issues)|
|2017.12.20||A new Education Department policy will dramatically limit the amount of student loan relief some students get after being misled by their schools. buzzfeed.com (See also Department of Education, Corruption)|
|2018.01.12||A company that once had financial ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was one of two firms selected Thursday by the Education Department to help the agency collect overdue student loans, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Education, Conflicts of Interest)|
Performant Financial Corp. was one of two firms selected Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education to help the agency collect overdue student loans. The deal with could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
|2018.01.25||Victims’ rights and women’s rights groups sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying that rules that she issued last year to guide campuses on how to manage sexual assault complaints violated federal law and discriminated against accusers. nytimes.com (See also Women, Department of Education, Legal Activity)|
|2018.02.12||The Education Department has confirmed that it won't investigate or take action on any complaints filed by transgender students who are banned from restrooms that match their gender identity, charting new ground in the Trump administration's year-long broadside against LGBT rights. buzzfeed.com (See also LGBTQIA, Department of Education)|
|2018.03.12||Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbled in answering basic questions on "60 Minutes" during a pointed interview. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Education)|
|2018.03.28||Thousands of teachers had their grants taken away and turned into loans, despite meeting the program's teaching requirements, sometimes for minor errors in paperwork, by the Department of Education. npr.org (See also Reversals, Department of Education)|
|2018.05.13||Members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned or instructed to focus on other matters, effectively killing investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top hires of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, had previously worked. nytimes.com (See also Corruption, Department of Education, Conflicts of Interest)|