Stories tagged: "Betsy DeVos"


Election Guide: Where Do Michigan’s Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Education?

Whoever sits behind the governor’s desk in Michigan over the next four years will play a critical role in protecting public education.

The Will of the 8%: Michigan’s Legislative Loophole

A four-part investigation into Michigan's legislative loophole, the indirect initiative.

Voters cast their Election Day ballots at a rural high school. (AP Photo/Janie Osborne)
Michigan Voters May Decide Four Ballot Proposals in November

Voters in Michigan could decide the fate of four separate ballot issues at the general election.

Photograph of Kathleen Lucas, courtesy of Kathleen Lucas
A Michigan Mom Envisions a Less Divisive Future for Public Schools in this Q&A

As part of this Q&A series, we’re talking with Michigan parents, teachers, students and others involved with public schools.

FILE - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a briefing at the Department of Education building in Washington on July 8, 2020. Former Education Secretary DeVos on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, backed a Michigan ballot drive to let students attend private schools and pay other educational expenses with accounts funded by tax-free corporate and individual donations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Michigan Lawmakers Defeat One Education Voucher Scheme, But Another From Betsy DeVos is On The Way

HB 5859 would have required the state to use $500 million in federal funds to contract with private vendors, to supply students with educational supplies, opportunities, and services. Opponents criticized the Republican-introduced bill as a ploy to direct public money to private, for-profit institutions that aren’t accountable to parents or the public. 

Cascade resident Becky Olson wants Michiganders to 'decline to sign' the Let MI Kids Learn petition.
Reader Opinion: The ‘Let MI Kids Learn’ Voucher-Like Plan Threatens Why We Moved to Michigan  

An investment in Michigan public education is an investment in Michigan overall. This investment in our public schools helps to attract talent, support industry, and boost real estate values. By Becky Olson CASCADE, Mich.—After touring the beautiful private religious school in our urban Chicago neighborhood, my husband and I sat at the dining room table...

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 08:  U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the U.S. Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Vice President Pence and the task force members discussed the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and the reopening of nation's schools in the Fall. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Michigan Parents and Teachers Join Together to Oppose Betsy DeVos’ Latest Voucher Scheme

Her plan could hit taxpayers hard, as it would cost Michigan $500 million in 2022 alone, and more than $1 billion each year by year five.