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Video: John King on Trump, DeVos: ‘It Would Be Better for the Country If They Chose a Path of Transparency’

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, criticized since her confirmation for declining to speak with the media, made further waves this month when she turned down an invitation to speak at a national conference of education journalists and writers that begins Wednesday in Washington.

“We are sorry to report that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently declined EWA’s invitation to speak at the conference,” leaders of the Education Writers Association announced in a May 11 email to members. “EWA has been privileged to hear from every previous education secretary, dating to the Carter administration. We are disappointed that Secretary DeVos opted not to participate. But we hope she will make herself available to the nation’s education journalists in the coming months and join us at EWA’s 2018 National Seminar.”

To DeVos’s predecessor, John King, engagement with the press provided an important opportunity to explain policies and decisions to the public, as well as to gain insight into different perspectives on education in America.