DeVos approves Evers’ state education plan that Walker rejected


U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos approved Wisconsin’s education plan this week. Though Gov. Walker refused to sign it last year, saying it lacked bold reforms, state schools superintendent Tony Evers — who’s running for governor — said the plan gives local districts flexibility to innovate and a greater say in turning around failing schools. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin submits Evers’ Education Accountability Plan to Trump, DeVos


Wisconsin has submitted a federally required school improvement plan to President Trump’s administration over objections from Gov. Walker and conservative groups that it doesn’t do enough to embrace innovative ideas, such as expanding private school choice programs. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has four months to review Wisconsin’s plan and is likely to approve it. > FOX 21 Superior

In Waukesha, Trump touts ‘earn while you learn’ jobs push


At his event today at Waukesha County Technical College, President Trump convened a roundtable to showcase his administration’s efforts to boost apprenticeships, which he dubbed “earn while you learn,” with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. > The Hill

Watch it: Baldwin among senators taking DeVos to task over her proposed budget

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared before a Senate education subcommittee this week to defend her department’s proposed 2018 budget amid charges that it would make college less affordable and increase student debt. Watch Baldwin’s questioning on YouTube, or read about it here.

Watch Pocan grill DeVos, and get a 101 on Wisconsin’s experience with school vouchers

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Rep. Mark Pocan grilled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Wednesday about the performance of Milwaukee’s voucher program, asking if she’d send her kids there.  DeVos deflected, but in their 6-minute exchange (video at link), Pocan and DeVos managed to explain the entire history and controversy over school vouchers in Wisconsin. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

DeVos, other school choice backers have given Wisconsin $1.5 million in last decade, with Walker getting lion’s share

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The Associated Press has examined political contributions over a 10-year period by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and nearly 50 other individuals and couples who have been major contributors to advancing school choice measures. Donations since 2007 totaled nearly $1.5 million in Wisconsin — with more than a third going to Gov. Walker.  >  AP / Star Tribune

Schimel declines to join multi-state appeal to protect student borrowers

Attorneys General from across the country – including Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa –have joined together to oppose President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos’s plan to repeal consumer protections for student loan borrowers. But Wisconsin’s AG Brad Schimel is absent from the effort.  >  One Wisconsin Now