In the last 12 months, there isn’t much Ms. DeVos has done that hasn’t been met with a barrage of backlash. But in a wide-ranging interview, she said her agenda had not been derailed.
Kenneth Marcus’s potential return to the Education Department has drawn criticism from civil rights groups that see his narrow focus on Israel as blinding him to other matters of bias.
The United Negro College Fund has been among the most vocal critics of Obama-era student borrower protections, saying they threaten the viability of its 37 member institutions.
House Republicans took aim at graduate students with provisions to tax their benefits. Those were dropped from the tax deal but they could return in a separate bill.
The education secretary, Betsy DeVos, who made a career of promoting local control of education, is taking a tough line on enforcing new federal standards.
The department will not consider civil rights investigations mandatory, loosening rules that spurred broad looks at issues from sexual assault to disciplinary actions.
The education secretary attended private Christian schools, sent her children to private Christian schools and has been the benefactor of a private Christian school.
The education secretary, often criticized as an out-of-touch billionaire, has staffed her administration with a diverse set of subordinates, some from unlikely sources.
The education secretary defended plans to divert money to a school choice agenda, including funds for vouchers to private school, which she said states should regulate.
The education secretary gave her first commencement address at a historically black university amid some jeers and turned faces.