Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education Quietly Rolls Back Wide Array of Important Regulations


Betsy DeVos’s record at the U.S. Department of Education has been marked by passage of no major policy initiatives—no new programs to help public schools and not even any major federal initiatives to promote her pet cause, privatization of public education.  Her accomplishments have been behind the scenes as she has begun dismantling civil rights protections and taken a series of steps to undermine protection for college students, especially those who are paying for school with federal student loans.

At the end of February, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts released DeVos Watch, Year One: Failing America’s Students. These two members of Congress sharply criticize Congress’s confirmation of a woman they believe was unqualified to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Education: “She became Education Secretary despite having absolutely no experience as a school teacher, school administrator, or public official, and despite her long record…

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