Report: DeVos has no plans to step down

Report: DeVos has no plans to step down
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Democrats with their new majority in the House might be poised to launch investigations into policy decisions of Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Bush memorial service in Houston | House passes two-week spending measure | Markets drop after Chinese executive's arrest The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Congress to act soon to avoid shutdown Yes, student loans really are making millennials go broke MORE come January, but the nation’s top education official has no plans to step down from her role, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Her press secretary Liz Hill told the outlet the rumors are just that: rumors.


“The Secretary has no plans of stepping down,” she said, according to the report.

Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, reported in a blog post last week that rumors were starting to circulate that DeVos’s departure is imminent.

He said House Democrats could be looking to launch investigations into DeVos's decisions to rewrite sexual assault guidance for colleges, do away with guidance that let transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity and repeal rules that aimed to protect students from being defrauded by for-profit colleges.

“The question facing Secretary DeVos is whether to participate in these show trials,” Petrilli wrote. “She has another option, one she has earned through her flinty resolve these past twenty-three months: She can choose to step down and gracefully exit a thankless, no-win scene.”

DeVos was a controversial appointment due to having had no education background before President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony MORE nominated her as Education Secretary.

She had a contentious confirmation to the post, with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote to confirm in February 2017.