Feb 12, 2019
Now one of President Trump’s longest-serving cabinet members, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos shows no signs she’s contemplating stepping down before the president’s first term ends. Alyson Klein of Education Week and Emily Wilkins of Bloomberg Government discuss regulatory rollbacks by the U.S. Department of Education on issues including how campus sexual assault claims are handled and consumer protections for student financial aid. They also discuss the new political dynamics now that Democrats control the U.S. House of Representatives, with Rep. Bobby Scott chairing the Committee on Education and Labor. What are the odds of Congress passing the long-overdue reauthorization of the Higher Education Act? Plus, Klein and Wilkins identify hot topics that local reporters should keep on their radar, including ESSA implementation by states, and possible federal dollars for fixing school infrastructure.