Will Betsy DeVos Outlast All of Trump’s Cabinet Members?
Plus, what to watch for when presidential candidates talk education
(EWA Radio: Episode 223)
February 7 will mark the three-year anniversary of Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as the U.S. secretary of education. Few observers had bet she would stick around this long. But today, DeVos is one of the longest-serving members of President Trump’s cabinet. Rebecca Klein of The Huffington Post recently talked with dozens of people about the education secretary’s tenure, crafting an in-depth analysis of what motivates her decisions and keeps her on the job. How does DeVos’ belief in the free-market system influence her policy positions on everything from school choice to consumer protections for student loan borrowers? Where has she had the most success in reversing Obama administration policies on things like Title IX and transgender students’ rights? Klein also discusses how the education agendas of presidential candidates provide fertile ground for story ideas by local reporters.
This episode of EWA Radio originally aired on December 2, 2019.