US education secretary to gut regulations, seek a “major shift” in higher education—Part 1 By Nancy Hanover
20 April 2019

This is the first part of a two-part article.

Behind the quiet rule-making activities of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration is dealing hammer-blows against the edifice of public higher education.

Betsy DeVos (Credit: Gage Skidmore)

A series of policy and budgetary decisions are being proposed which will have catastrophic implications for students and educators. They include opening the regulatory door for a frenzy of privatization while exacting budget cuts from programs to aid students.

The budget request for 2020, released in March, demanded a $7.1 billion reduction in the Education Department, a restatement of prior year Trump administration budget proposals which aim

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