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Secretary Betsy DeVos
11th U.S. Secretary of Education. Proud mother, grandmother and wife. Lifelong advocate for children and better schools.
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Secretary Betsy DeVos 20h
Today’s ruling on our rule out of the Southern District of New York is a true victory for students. So pleased to see the court agrees that civil rights cannot wait.
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Ashley says she’s an advocate of because it changed her life, and she wants every student to have that same experience. President and I stand with students like Ashley who want the freedom to choose where, when and how they learn.
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
The pandemic has made clear the antiquated one-size-fits-all approach to education is no longer tenable. Education going forward must be more adaptable and student-centered. It’s time to unleash a new era of innovation & drive unprecedented achievement.
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Replying to @realDonaldTrump
President and I stand with these parents. They deserve in-person education options for their students. If their district school refuses to reopen, families should get the money for their child’s education and use it to find the right fit.
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
“Their children are often in self-contained classrooms with just six students, and the parents believe there are ways to safely educate them offline, even if the entire student population isn’t ready to go back.”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
“In the conversations about whether to reopen school buildings—or even how to shape virtual learning—parents of special education students fear that the unique needs of their children are not being urgently considered.”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
Ethan, a special ed student born w/ polymicrogyria has missed months of physical therapy and “has been angrier and more physically aggressive.” His mother said that “if the computer isn’t playing Sesame Street he slams the laptop down…It’s been frustrating and a waste of time.”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
“And in Loudoun County, 8-year-old Theo Duran, who is autistic, struggles more to walk up the stairs or hold a crayon to write—all tasks he was making progress on before the coronavirus pandemic hit and shut down his school.”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
Some parents described virtual sessions as so ineffective that they just skipped them. Heinegg said for her son “It was extremely damaging to his self-esteem...I have spent years and lots of energy making sure he loves learning, and that was destroyed. How do you undo that?”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
“Ayo Heinegg’s son, a rising sixth-grader in the District with dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is typically a high-performing student. But he struggled to keep up with his coursework on multiple online platforms and lost his confidence in the classroom.”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
Gibson said that “When school went virtual, it was hard to learn online—I had never done that before…I’m mad because I want to go to school. And I am hearing different days of when we go back to school. I miss my teachers, and I miss my friends.”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
Antwon Gibson’s high school "didn't even attempt to teach his ‘independent living’ class virtually this spring. The gregarious 18-year-old has an intellectual disability and reads and performs math below grade level. He’s been out of the classroom since schools closed in March…”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 7
.: “Parents across the country who have students w/ special ed needs say the stakes are high if schools do not reopen...children are not just falling behind academically...but missing developmental milestones & losing key skills necessary for an independent life.”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 6
I've been called the "School Choice Secretary" by some. I think it's meant as an insult, but I wear it as a badge of honor. has laid bare there is no one-size-fits-all solution for education—it must be centered in what’s best for students and families.
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 6
A majority of Americans support . Every family and child in America deserves the choice of where and how they pursue their education—regardless of income or zip code.
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 6
Replying to @POTUS
This is why and I are fighting to put parents in charge of their children’s education. Read the full article here:
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 6
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
“We got a letter from the superintendent saying…more than 70% of parents surveyed…wanted...full in-person instruction or a hybrid model...the next paragraph says we’re going full remote, which just struck me…as odd,” said Doug Reed, a father of two.
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 6
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
A former High School teacher, Kathryn Rose said she understands why teachers are wary of returning to the classroom…but urged everyone to "acknowledge and accept there are other bad outcomes without in-person instruction, like loss of learning and increased abuse and neglect"
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 6
Replying to @ChiPubSchools
parent Nancy Curran said she’s afraid her son Oliver…who is in a special ed program, will be ill-served by more remote learning if the city’s schools don’t reopen…she said online instruction is unrealistic & frustrating for many students with special ed plans.”
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Secretary Betsy DeVos Aug 6
Replying to @BetsyDeVosED
After learning District 65 is starting school w/ remote learning, Jessica Hockett decided to home-school her kids instead. “I had hoped they’d get the kids back in school at the start of the school year, even if it was some kind of hybrid choice."
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