Who is Betsy DeVos?
Despite neither DeVos nor her children ever attending public school, she became the head of the public education system after Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 deadlock over her confirmation. DeVos has shown strong support for men’s rights activists and people who claim that women falsely accused them of rape. Since joining the administration, she’s made it her mission to weaken the sexual assault protections of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
DeVos’s concern for accused perpetrators of sexual assault prompted her to roll back Title IX protections for survivors of sexual assault and harassment at schools.The Root
Soon after being confirmed, DeVos said she’d review campus sexual assault policies to ensure that accused students — not survivors — are treated fairly due to her concerns about false allegations. In reality, false accusations are extremely rare.New York Times
DeVos and her family have donated millions of dollars to Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, two hate groups that have fought against LGBTQ rights, promoted discrimination against Muslims, and tried to end abortion access.Politico
Survivors aren't well-served when they are re-traumatized with appeal after appeal because the failed system failed the accused.”
New York Times
DeVos is open to letting schools use federal funds to put guns in schools — even though experts say bringing firearms into schools is extremely dangerous for students.Vox
When DeVos was asked whether she’d revoke federal funds from schools that discriminate against students — like denying admission to LGBTQ or Black students — she said state governments should have the “flexibility” to make those decisions themselves.Chicago Tribune
DeVos slashed Department of Education guidance that outlined the rights of students with disabilities, alarming disability rights groups and other education advocates.Teen Vogue
Department of Education
The Education Department is tasked with ensuring equal access to education, including by recommending and implementing policy. It manages financial aid, enforces anti-discrimination laws, conducts research, and identifies problems in schools.