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Judge Holds DeVos in Contempt Over Student Loans

Court finds Education Department disregarded order to stop collecting on loans of 16K

(Newser) - Education Secretary Betsy Devos was held in contempt of court and handed a $100,000 fine Thursday for violating a federal judge's order to stop collecting on certain student loans. The move came after the Education Department was told in May 2018 to stop collecting on the loans of... More »

Protecting Betsy DeVos Cost $6.24M This Year

Cost will rise to almost $8M next year, according to US Marshals Service

(Newser) - Providing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with round-the-clock protection cost $6.24 million in fiscal 2019 and is projected to cost $7.87 million in the new fiscal year that started Tuesday, according to the US Marshals Service. Politico describes the security as "highly unusual," noting that the Education... More »

Black Government Worker's Office 'Targeted' in Attack

Betsy DeVos has called for an investigation

(Newser) - A black employee's office at the US Department of Education has been vandalized in what looks like a racially motivated attack, NBC News reports. The employee hasn't been identified, but her school desegregation poster was damaged and African figurines disfigured. "She had some dolls in her office... More »

Trump 'Overrides' His 'People' on Special Olympics Funding

President backs off on controversial proposal to cut funding

(Newser) - President Trump announced Thursday that he was backing off a budget request to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, reversing course after his administration weathered days of criticism for the proposed cut . Speaking to reporters as he left the White House for a rally in Michigan, Trump said he had... More »

DeVos Grilled on Plan to Yank Special Olympics Funds

Education secretary says 'we had to make some difficult decisions' for the next budget

(Newser) - By her own words, Betsy DeVos thinks the Special Olympics is "an awesome organization"—just not one that should be funded by the federal government. The secretary of education appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday to try to explain nearly $7 billion in suggested cuts to education... More »

Vandals Target DeVos' $40M Yacht

It was set adrift, hit dock in Ohio

(Newser) - Betsy DeVos has another problem on her hands besides the education of US children. A $40 million yacht owned by the education secretary's family crashed into a dock after it was set adrift from an Ohio marina over the weekend, reports the Toledo Blade . Huron police, who are reviewing... More »

DeVos' 60 Minutes Interview Is Not Going Over Well

Critics pile on education secretary, and she says her views are misunderstood

(Newser) - Education secretary Betsy DeVos appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday night, and she's taking much criticism Monday over her answers to questions from Leslie Stahl. In the intro—you can read the interview and see the video via this CBS News link—Stahl notes that DeVos "is dedicated to... More »

White House Plan: 'Rigorous' Gun Training for Teachers

Proposals are too NRA-friendly, critics say

(Newser) - The new White House plan to prevent school shootings doubles down on arming teachers but backs away from gun control measures. The new Justice Department program announced Sunday includes help for states to provide "rigorous firearms training" to teachers and support for military veterans and retired cops who want... More »

Students Protest DeVos Graduation Speech

The education secretary got a mixed reception at the University of Baltimore

(Newser) - Amid boos and applause, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos implored students not to "join in the chorus of conflict," even as dozens turned their backs in protest of her commencement appearance at the University of Baltimore's graduation ceremony. Graduate student Kerrin Smith, 26, said DeVos and Donald Trump... More »

Student's Sexual Harassment Suit Invokes Betsy DeVos

The lawsuit references the education secretary's new campus guidelines

(Newser) - A male student who was suspended from the University of Vermont this fall after being accused of groping a female student at an off-campus party has sued the school, saying the school's disciplinary system is biased against men, the AP reports. The lawsuit said the case is a perfect... More »

White House Reverses Policy on Campus Sex Assaults

Women's rights groups say change will discourage reports

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints, the AP reports. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that President Obama's policy had been unfairly skewed against those... More »

Trump Admin Scraps Obama's School Sexual Assault Rules

For being too unfair to the accused

(Newser) - The Trump administration will do away with the Obama administration's guidance on sexual assault and harassment in schools because, according to Betsy DeVos, it's unfair to students accused of such actions, Politico reports. “Every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined,"... More »

Dept. of Ed Official: I'm Sorry for 'Flippant' Remarks on Rape

Civil rights chief said 90% of accusations 'fall into the category of 'we were both drunk''

(Newser) - The Education Department's civil rights chief says she's sorry for making "flippant" remarks attributing 90% of campus sexual assault claims to both parties being drunk. Wednesday's apology by Candice Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights, came on the eve of a series of meetings that... More »

DeVos Sued by AGs for Delay of Rules to Protect Students

Against abuses from for-profit colleges, per the suit brought by 19 attorneys general

(Newser) - Democratic attorneys general in 18 states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Washington and demands implementation of borrower... More »

Education Dept Makes Big Change to Civil Rights Investigations

An internal memo rolls back Obama-era mandates

(Newser) - Under new head Betsy DeVos, the Department of Education will be easing up on investigations into civil rights complaints—investigations that were greatly expanded under President Obama, the New York Times reports. According to ProPublica , new guidelines were issued in a June 8 internal memo to replace Obama-era mandates. Under... More »

Angry Students Drown Out DeVos During Graduation Speech

The education secretary was speaking at a historically black university in Florida

(Newser) - Betsy DeVos was drowned out by boos when the education secretary attempted to deliver the commencement speech Wednesday at Florida's Bethune-Cookman University, Politico reports. According to Business Insider , students and audience members at the historically black university booed DeVos for nearly the entirety of her speech, even continuing to... More »

Obama Memos on Student Loans Revoked by Betsy DeVos

Consumer advocates worry it's bad news for borrowers

(Newser) - Consumer advocates are accusing the Education Department of caving to pressure from the student loan industry to the detriment of borrowers after Betsy DeVos rescinded two Obama administration memos Tuesday, USA Today reports. According to NBC News , the memos called for government contracts to be awarded to companies that had... More »

Post: Blackwater Founder Met With Russian on Trump's Behalf

Sources say he was trying to set up unofficial communications channel

(Newser) - Is Blackwater founder Erik Prince secretly doing outreach for the Trump administration? According to a Washington Post report that an administration official calls "ridiculous," Prince met a Russian official close to Vladimir Putin in the Seychelles days before Trump took office in an effort to set up a... More »

Big Student Loan Fees Back After Obama Memo Revoked

Loan guarantee agencies can again charge big fees on defaulters

(Newser) - Loan guarantee agencies are once again free to charge huge fees to Americans who've defaulted on their federal student loans after the Trump administration revoked Obama-era guidelines this week, the Washington Post reports. Agencies had been charging fees of up to 16% of principal and accrued interest when people... More »

DeVos Accused of Accidentally Praising Segregation

DeVos says historically black colleges gave students 'more options'

(Newser) - Betsy DeVos is being accused by experts of being "embarrassingly ignorant" and inadvertently praising segregation and Jim Crow in a statement on historically black colleges and universities released Monday night, Politico reports. "HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice," the education secretary said in... More »

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