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Betsy DeVos’s Handling of Higher Ed Relief Money Draws Criticism

When the novel coronavirus forced colleges and universities to abruptly send students and faculty home for the semester, vulnerable students scrambled to continue their studies amid financial stress, and schools reeled from housing refunds and other lost revenue.

Enter Congress with a $14 billion lifeline.

Schools, anticipating a deepening economic crisis, had lobbied for more, but they still welcomed the support. And they hoped for swift and clear guidance from the Education Department, which Congress tasked with dispensing funding as quickly as possible.

Instead, the implementation of the law is creating new tensions between Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Congress. Democrats accuse DeVos of pushing an ideological agenda to the detriment of students and schools devastated by the crisis. 

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