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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

An Exit Interview With Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

"We’ve seen some of America’s largest districts refuse to open, not based on the recommendation of scientists, but because of political interests."
Collage of the previous five U.S. Secretaries of Education, with a question mark in the sixth box

What Makes for an Effective Secretary of Education?

Thick skin, respect for data are among the qualities needed for success
Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden head to a joint congressional session to tally the 2016 electoral college votes on January 6, 2017.

Anticipating What’s Ahead for Ed After the Election

Imagining the ingredients of a Biden-McConnell deal
A voter drops his absentee ballot into a box on the last day of early voting in New York City, November 1, 2020.

Participation Is Only a Part of Democratic Education

"The value of checks and balances ought to be understood independent of particular agendas. Otherwise, it's a recipe for increasingly unconstrained aggression."

Biden’s Regulatory Agenda on Education

What might be done with his pen and his phone, on loan forgiveness, Title IX, testing, and more

What We’re Watching: Paul E. Peterson at the White House

"Getting Children Safely Back To School" With President Trump

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