EDUCATION SECRETARY

  • D.C. Oct 30, 2019

    American Students' Performance Lags on Nation's Report Card

    The latest Nation’s Report Card is painting a dismal picture of math and reading achievement among American fourth and eighth graders despite a few bright spots. Students in the nation’s capital, which faced multiple scandals in its public school system last year, made significant gains in both reading and math this year, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress....

  • federal judge Oct 25, 2019

    DeVos Held in Contempt of Court in Loan Forgiveness Dispute

    A federal judge has held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for violating an order to stop collecting loans from thousands of former for-profit college students. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim issued the ruling Thursday in San Francisco. She also fined the Education Department $100,000. Kim previously ordered DeVos to stop collecting federal loans from former Corinthian Colleges...

  • BOSTON Sep 5, 2019

    Michigan State University Fined $4.5 Million in Nassar Case

    The government on Thursday ordered Michigan State University to make sweeping changes and pay a $4.5 million fine after determining that it failed to adequately respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a campus sports doctor who molested elite gymnasts and other female athletes. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the penalty after the conclusion of two federal investigations. She...

  • King Sep 2, 2019

    Hong Kong Students, Workers Strike as Commutes Disrupted

    Clad in gas masks along with their formal white school uniforms, tens of thousands of students in Hong Kong boycotted the first day of classes Monday as part of a citywide strike following a violent weekend of demonstrations. High school students added gas masks, goggles and hard hats to their traditional uniforms, while university pupils crowded into a square at...

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2019

    Amash Dumped Trump, and Now Mich. District May Dump Amash

    Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president. The protesters, who stood on the sidewalk with “Squash Amash” signs, saw his comments as the ultimate betrayal of a president...

  • Facebook Jul 25, 2019

    Puerto Rico's Governor to Quit Aug. 2 in Face of Protests

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced late Wednesday that he will resign Aug. 2, conceding power after nearly two weeks of furious protests and political upheaval touched off by a leak of crude and insulting chat messages between him and his top advisers. A crowd of thousands outside the governor’s mansion in Old San Juan erupted into cheers and singing...

  • JUDGE Jul 25, 2019

    Puerto Rico's Incoming Governor Faces Crisis, Wary Populace

    The woman set to become Puerto Rico’s next governor has been criticized for her reluctance to confront problems in Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s administration during her nearly two years as the territory’s top law enforcement official. That criticism is likely to complicate Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez’s ability to complete Rosselló’s term in the face of widespread public anger toward the departing...

  • Governor Jul 25, 2019

    Puerto Rico Governor Silent as Impeachment Process Looms

    Legislators prepared to begin an impeachment process for Puerto Rico’s leader as thousands of protesters gathered around the governor’s mansion late Wednesday and chanted, “We want peace, and they want war!” as they demanded his ouster. Frustration and anger began building as the silence from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló stretched late into the night despite promises from his spokesman that the...

  • Governor Jul 23, 2019

    Cellphones Sought in Puerto Rico as Political Crisis Deepens

    A Puerto Rico judge issued search warrants for the cellphones of government officials involved in a crude online chat whose leak has set off a political crisis that threatens to bring down the U.S. territory’s governor. One of the search warrants said that government officials used the chat to transmit official and confidential information to private citizens in potential violation...

  • Facebook Jul 23, 2019

    Tens of Thousands of Puerto Ricans Demand Governor Resign

    Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a crisis triggered by a leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers....
    The demonstration appeared to be the biggest protest on the island in nearly two decades. “Finally, the government’s...

  • Donald Trump Jul 23, 2019

    Betsy DeVos and Family See Profits Soar After Trump Tax Reform Bill, Deregulation Efforts

    Business leaders and their companies have profited royally off of President Donald Trump’s pro-business policies. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family are among the groups that have seen an income boon of millions through their own investments since Trump’s tax reform plan was signed, according to her latest annual financial disclosure report.

  • head Jul 18, 2019

    Fed-Up Puerto Ricans March Demanding Governor Resign

    Accompanied by some of Puerto Rico’s most famous performers, thousands of people marched to the governor’s residence in San Juan on Wednesday chanting demands for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign after the leak of online chats that show him making misogynistic slurs and mocking his constituents. The crowd ranged from teenagers to retirees, with some waving the island’s flag printed...

  • head Jul 18, 2019

    Protests Over Puerto Rico Governor's Scandal Turn Violent

    More than 20 law enforcement officers were injured amid increasingly violent demonstrations in San Juan on Monday night, where protestors called for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s resignation.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Jul 12, 2019

    Embattled Puerto Rico Gov Apologizes for Profane Tirade

    Puerto Rican Gov. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was in Europe with his family this week on vacation when his administration took several hits that many believe have tarnished the U.S. territory’s reputation and weakened its relationship with the U.S. government. First, the FBI arrested former top officials in his government on corruption charges. Then local media published excerpts of a private...

  • Governor Jul 12, 2019

    Embattled Puerto Rico Gov Apologizes for Profane Tirade

    Puerto Rican Gov. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was in Europe with his family this week on vacation when his administration took several hits that many believe have tarnished the U.S. territory’s reputation and weakened its relationship with the U.S. government. First, the FBI arrested former top officials in his government on corruption charges. Then local media published excerpts of a private...

  • Attorney Jul 10, 2019

    Feds Arrest Ex-Education Secretary, 5 Others in Puerto Rico Corruption Probe

    Puerto Rico’s former secretary of education and five other people were arrested Wednesday on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors, federal officials said. Federal officials said Wednesday morning that former Education Secretary Julia Keleher; former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero; businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and...

  • Chief Jun 29, 2019

    DeVos Revokes Obama-Era Rule Policing For-Profit Colleges

    The Trump administration revoked on Friday an Obama-era rule that aimed to terminate federal funding to for-profit college programs that consistently left graduates with high student debt. Department officials announced that the 2014 gainful employment rule will be rescinded effective July 1, 2020. The agency’s announcement said the rule focused too narrowly on graduate earnings and unfairly targeted for-profit colleges.

  • Chief Jun 29, 2019

    DeVos Revokes Obama-Era Rule Policing For-Profit Colleges

    The Trump administration revoked on Friday an Obama-era rule that aimed to terminate federal funding to for-profit college programs that consistently left graduates with high student debt. Department officials announced that the 2014 gainful employment rule will be rescinded effective July 1, 2020. The agency’s announcement said the rule focused too narrowly on graduate earnings and unfairly targeted for-profit colleges.

  • Donald Trump May 20, 2019

    Feds: DeVos Used Personal Emails for Work in ‘Limited' Cases

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has sometimes used her personal email accounts for government business and has not always properly saved the messages, according to an internal investigation released Monday. The agency’s Office of Inspector General, which was investigating at the request of House Democrats, said it searched the department’s email system and found a “limited” number of messages to or...

  • Donald Trump Apr 29, 2019

    Lawmakers Debate Future of Loan Relief for Public Workers

    In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver. And that’s left lawmakers questioning whether to end the program or try to fix it. The Trump administration and some Republican legislators see it...

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