Betsy DeVos

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I should have decried much more forcefully the ravages of racism in this country.feedback
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Aug 17 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Betsy DeVos is associated, including America and Wyoming. Most recently, Betsy DeVos has been quoted saying: “The views of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other racist bigots are totally abhorrent to the American ideal. We all have a role to play in rejecting views that pit one group of people against another. Such views are cowardly, hateful and just plain wrong.” in the article DeVos on Charlottesville: The views of neo-Nazis and white nationalists are ‘cowardly, hateful and just plain wrong’.
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Jul 17 2017 - Human Rights

The Department today is returning [the Office of Civil Rights] to its role as a neutral, impartial investigative agency.feedback

Jul 14 2017 - LGBT

For schools that receive federal funds, federal law must be followed, period. On areas where the law is unsettled, this department is not going to be issuing decrees. That is a matter for Congress and the courts to settle.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - Sexual harassment

They made the point that we're not saying that sexual assault victims don't have important rights. We're just saying that the system has to be fair.feedback

Jul 13 2017

It was clear that their stories have not often been told, and that there are lives that have been ruined and lives that are lost in the process. We can't go back to the days when allegations were swept under the rug, and I acknowledge there was a time when women were essentially dismissed. That is not acceptable.feedback

Jul 13 2017

We need to do this right, we need to protect all students and we need to do it quickly.feedback

Jun 27 2017

We should all celebrate the fact that programs designed to help students will no longer be discriminated against by the government based solely on religious affiliation.feedback

Jun 14 2017

The result is a muddled process that's unfair to students and schools, and puts taxpayers on the hook for significant costs.feedback

Jun 14 2017

It is the department's aim, and this administration's commitment, to protect students from predatory practices while also providing clear, fair and balanced rules for colleges and universities to follow.feedback

Jun 14 2017

Promises made to students under the current rule will be promises kept.feedback

Jun 10 2017

I thought: 'That is really dumb. We need to have dancing. My faith motivates me to really try to work on behalf of and advocate for those who are least able to advocate for themselves.feedback

Jun 10 2017

If you ask any of my kids today what their most important experience was in their education, they would say it was the travel and the ability to see and be in other cultures.feedback

Jun 10 2017

You have an opportunity to do better.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Homosexuality

Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law, period.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Trump Presidency

I support the teaching of great science and especially science that allows students to exercise critical thinking and to really discover and examine in new ways. Science should be supported at all levels.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Trump Presidency

The announcement made today by the President is one more example of his commitment to rolling back the unrealistic and overreaching regulatory actions by the previous Administration. President Trump is making good on his promise to put America and American workers first.feedback

May 24 2017 - Republican Party

They set up the rules around that. We believe that parents are the best equipped to make choices about education for their children.feedback

May 24 2017

We cannot allow any parent to feel their child is trapped in a school that isn't meeting his or her unique needs. Too many children today are trapped in schools that don't work for them. We have to do something different.feedback

May 24 2017

For states that have programs that allow for parents to make choices, they set up the rules around that.feedback

May 24 2017

If a parent chooses to go to a school that is not a public school, then that is a decision made and a contract made with that provider.feedback

May 17 2017

It's time for us to break out of the confines of the federal government's arcane approach to education. Washington has been in the driver's seat for over 50 years with very little to show for its efforts.feedback

May 10 2017

One of the hallmarks of higher education, and of democracy, is the ability to converse with and learn from those with whom we disagree. I have respect for all those who attended [the commencement], including those who demonstrated their disagreement with me.feedback

May 10 2017

I am grateful for the opportunity to speak with you, and particularly with those who have disagreed with the invitation for me to be here. One of the hallmarks of higher education, and of democracy, is the ability to converse with and learn from those with whom we disagree. And while we will undoubtedly disagree at times, I hope we can do so respectfully. Let's choose to hear each other out.feedback

May 10 2017

Let's choose to hear one another out. I am here to demonstrate in the most direct way possible that I and the administration are fully committed to your success and to the success of every student across this great country.feedback

May 10 2017

The natural instinct is to join in the chorus of conflict, to make your voice louder, your point bigger and your position stronger. But we will not solve the significant and real problems our country faces if we cannot bring ourselves to embrace a mind-set of grace.feedback

May 09 2017

If you can't get cell phone service in your living room, then your particular provider is failing you. You should have the option to find a network that does work. I think there is a very large status quo defense that will stop at almost nothing to try to defend a system that is really pretty antiquated.feedback

May 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

I am a strong supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the critical role they play in communities and in our higher education system. I am happy to see the president reaffirmed this Administration's support for HCBUs. I will continue to be an advocate for them and for programs that make higher education more accessible to all students.feedback

May 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

I look forward to visiting with the students, faculty and administration of Bethune-Cookman University this week and delivering the 2017 commencement address, my first as secretary.feedback

May 03 2017 - Trump Presidency

This administration remains committed to serving all students, especially the most vulnerable. These students particularly benefit from school choice programs. I believe it should be a right for every parent, not a privilege.feedback

Apr 28 2017

These schools need to improve upon how they serve some of D.C.'s most vulnerable students.feedback

Apr 27 2017

When school choice policies are fully implemented, there should not be differences in achievement among the various types of schools. D.C.'s traditional public schools have not suffered as a result of being part of a system that allows choice; rather, they have greatly improved.feedback

Apr 27 2017

I've never believed in that. First of all, let me say I fully embrace equality, and I believe in the innate value of every single human being. And that all students, no matter their age, should be able to attend a school and feel safe and be free of discrimination.feedback

Apr 26 2017

The issues and challenges facing West Virginia are different from those of New Hampshire or Oregon. We shouldn't insist the same solution will work everywhere, every time.feedback

Apr 26 2017

We're going to start by implementing the law as Congress intended, Giving you all – state leaders – the freedom and flexibility you deserve.feedback

Apr 25 2017

I love Amelia Bedelia! It's good to hear that. I've heard that at a lot of stops.feedback

Apr 25 2017

If there's one common theme that I've heard from military families that I've talked with in the last several weeks it's that … the most important thing is assuring that their children have a great place to go to school in a learning environment that meet their needs.feedback

Apr 24 2017

We now find ourselves in a situation where we must promptly address not only these shortcomings but also any other issues that may impede our ability to ensure borrowers do not experience deficiencies in service.feedback

Apr 20 2017

It's an opportunity that we should continue to offer because the goal is for every child to be in an education environment that's best for them.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - California school shooting 2017

As a mother and grandmother, today's senseless violence is a tragedy no parent should ever have to face. I ask everyone to join me in keeping all the victims and those impacted in your prayers.feedback

Apr 05 2017

He will bring a tremendous amount of experience and insight to the.feedback

Apr 04 2017

It's concerning the difference in standards. I feel like public, private and charter schools need to be playing by the same rules. I think a lot of it is, we're pretty happy with (DOD schools) and making sure the public system is up to snuff for our military children.feedback

Mar 29 2017

I think there is certainly going to be a lot of discussion back and forth as we go through this process.feedback

Mar 29 2017

I don't know. It's too early to say that. I think it's a fine balance to strike. I think the first and most important measure of accountability to the public is to the parents in general, right? The fact that parents choose a school for their child. I think we have to take a step back as a federal government and resist the notion that we are going to be able to manage this all from a top-down approach.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Uber

Just as the traditional taxi system revolted against ride sharing, so too does the education establishment feel threatened by the rise of school choice. In both cases, the entrenched status quo has resisted models that empower individuals.feedback

Mar 29 2017

Our nation's commitment is to provide a quality education to every child to serve the greater public, common good. Accordingly, we must shift the paradigm to think about education funding as investments made in individual children, not in institutions or buildings. I'm not sure how they could get a lot worse on a nationwide basis than they are today.feedback

Mar 29 2017

At what point do we accept the fact that throwing money at the problem isn't the solution?feedback

Mar 28 2017 - NASA

You can do your part to improve the lives of women in the future.feedback

Mar 27 2017

See that it is actually achieving what the intentions are. The last thing any of us want is to unnecessarily close down important programs.feedback

Mar 22 2017

Vouchers in the K-12 arena sometimes fall short but still provide meaningful support to enable students to attend the institution of their choice. I do not support programs that would lead to increased segregation. Empirical evidence finds school-choice programs lead to more integrated schools than their public-school counterparts.feedback

Mar 22 2017

Every child is different, with varying skills and learning styles. We shouldn't then force all children into a one-size-fits-all education system. Our education approaches should be as varied as the students they serve.feedback

Mar 20 2017

I think experiencing and being a part of a diverse environment is really critical to the development of any young person. No parent should feel like the Department of Education thinks it knows better than they what is best for their child.feedback

Mar 16 2017

The budget places power in the hands of parents and families to choose schools that are best for their children.feedback

Mar 13 2017

I trust parents, I trust teachers, and I trust school leaders to do what is right for the students they serve. When Washington gets out of your way, you should be able to unleash new and creative thinking to set children up for success. I am agnostic as to the delivery system, or the building in which it takes place, so long as that child is in an environment that meets their needs and the parents are satisfied. And one of those quality options should be a great public school.feedback

Mar 09 2017

They're waiting to be told what they have to do, and that's not going to bring success to an individual child. You have to have teachers who are empowered to facilitate great teaching. Your teachers are awesome! They deserve MORE freedom to innovate and help students. Great teachers deserve freedom and flexibility, not to constantly be on the receiving end of government dictates.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Israel

I applaud Agudath Israel for their leadership and commitment to providing their community with access to educational options that meet the academic and religious needs of their families. Agudath is a terrific partner and advocate for their families, and I welcomed today's discussion.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Israel

I look forward to continuing to work with Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox Jewish community and all who believe that every child, regardless of where they live or their family's income, should have an equal opportunity to a quality education.feedback

Mar 06 2017

One of my main priorities as Secretary is to ensure that States and local school districts have clarity during the early implementation of the law.feedback

Feb 23 2017 - LGBT

This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach ? to suggest a one-size-fits-all federal government approach, top-down approach, to issues that are best dealt with and solved at a personal level and a local level.feedback

Feb 23 2017 - LGBT

This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities and families can find – and in many cases have found – solutions that protect all students.feedback

Feb 13 2017

I may have confused it.feedback

Feb 11 2017

I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education. No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation's school children.feedback

Feb 08 2017

I am committed to working with everyone and anyone – from every corner of the country, from every walk of life, from every background and with those who supported my nomination and those who did not – to protect, strengthen and create new world-class education opportunities for America's students.feedback

Feb 07 2017

I wasn't just voting for you. Having seen your devotion to improving the quality of education for some of our most vulnerable children across the nation for so many years, I was also casting a vote for America's children. Partnering with students, parents, educators, state and local leaders, Congress and all stakeholders, we will improve education options and outcomes across America.feedback

Feb 07 2017

I fully embrace equality, and I believe in the innate value of every single human being and that all students, no matter their age, should be able to attend a school and feel safe and be free of discrimination. I appreciate the Senate's diligence & am honored to serve as @usedgov Secretary. Let's improve options & outcomes for all US students.feedback

Feb 02 2017

I would imagine there is probably a gun in a school to protect from potential grizzlies.feedback

Jan 31 2017

Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.feedback

Jan 18 2017

I think that's best left to locales and states to decide.feedback

Jan 17 2017

I look forward, if confirmed, to working with you to talk about how we address the needs of all parents and all students. We acknowledge today that not all schools are working for the students that are assigned to them, and I'm hopeful that we can work together to find common ground and ways that we can solve those issues and empower parents to make choices on behalf of their children that are right for them.feedback

Jan 17 2017

As a matter of fact I do think that there would be that possibility. I have worked very hard on behalf of parents and children for the last almost 30 years.feedback

Jan 17 2017

Where conflicts are identified, they will be resolved. I will not be conflicted. Period.feedback

Jan 17 2017

I think we also have to consider the fact that there is nothing in life that is truly free. Somebody is going to pay for it.feedback

Jan 17 2017

But, if a school is troubled, or unsafe, or not a good fit for a child – perhaps they have a special need that is going unmet – we should support a parent's right to enroll their child in a high-quality alternative.feedback

Jan 17 2017

Where conflicts are identified, they will be resolved. I will not be conflicted. Period. I commit that to you all.feedback

Jan 17 2017

I look forward, if confirmed, to talking about how we address the needs of all parents and all students.feedback

Jan 17 2017

The answer isn't bigger government. The answer is local control. It's listening to parents, and it's giving more choices.feedback

Jan 17 2017

We know that millions of children, mostly low-income and minority children, remain trapped in K-12 schools that are not meeting their needs. We applaud the Trump campaign's focus on school choice and laying out common-sense proposals to help all children access a quality education.feedback

Jan 17 2017

President-elect Trump and I know it won't be Washington, D.C. that unlocks our nation's potential, nor a bigger bureaucracy, tougher mandates or a federal agency. The answer is local control and listening to parents, students and teachers.feedback

Jan 17 2017

Parents should be empowered to choose the learning environment that's best for their individual children.feedback

Jan 16 2017

I have decided . to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return.feedback

Nov 24 2016 - Thanksgiving

A lot of the things he has said are very off-putting and concerning.feedback

Nov 23 2016

I do support high standards.feedback

Nov 23 2016

Together, we can work to make transformational change that ensures every student in America has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential.feedback

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