DeVos urges career staff to ‘be the resistance’ as Biden takes over

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/15/betsy-devos-biden-education-department-445900?fbclid=IwAR1Ld26PzLSzCZGmfTexmtDhIz-Am6Z3A7Btf7f-jGl6PB7f4vKrwK46ODQ

So much for the Republicans wanting to work with the Democrats?   This shows the people claiming the Democrats need to reach out to the Republicans just what the Republicans think of Democrat’s being in the Presidency.  Simply put the Republicans think they were born to rule, they have the right to rule, that Democrats should not have power, that Republicans as rulers do not have to follow rules or laws.   Republican elected officials really think they are superior to the people.    Hugs

Remember that Devos has been invested in destroying public educations, she is invested in charter and private schools, and she also has investments in student loan companies.   When the courts ordered her to forgive the loans she twice refused until she was held in contempt and then allowed her underlings to do it.  Hugs

 

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged career employees at the Education Department on Tuesday to “be the resistance” when the Biden administration comes into power next month, according to a recording of her remarks obtained by POLITICO.

During a department-wide virtual meeting to discuss the shift to the new administration, DeVos acknowledged that most of the agency’s thousands of career employees “will be here through the coming transition and beyond.”

“Let me leave you with this plea: Resist,” DeVos said. “Be the resistance against forces that will derail you from doing what’s right for students. In everything you do, please put students first — always.”

 
 

An Education Department spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the remarks. The department also would not say whether DeVos plans to stay in office until Jan. 20.

DeVos’ words: The secretary told Education Department employees on Tuesday that her goal “in everything we accomplished was to do what’s right for students,” adding that “four years later it’s still my focus and it’s still my hope for all of you.” She touted her overhaul of Title IX rules governing sexual assault and misconduct in schools and colleges as one of her major accomplishments.

The secretary’s remarks come after nearly four years of frequently sparring with the career employees of her department. She tangled with the agency’s union over reorganizations and workplace policies, such as teleworking rules, and blamed bureaucrats at the agency for making it difficult to get things done.

“This building has caused more problems than it solved,” DeVos said of the Education Department during an interview with Reason magazine this fall.

Political appointees at the Education Department also sought to investigate and punish career employees who they suspected of leaking information to the press. Across the government, Trump administration officials frequently derided the “Deep State” and accused career employees of trying to continually subvert the president’s agenda.

DeVos’ use of the word “resistance,” in reading from what appeared to be prepared remarks, mimics liberal opposition to President Donald Trump.

The transition: Department officials announced during the all-hands staff meeting that they have lined up career officials to take over in an interim capacity in roles that will be vacated by an exodus of political appointees in the coming weeks.

 

The Trump administration plans to tap Phil Rosenfelt for the role of acting secretary of Education, according to a list obtained by POLITICO.

Rosenfelt is the department’s deputy general counsel and a longtime career employee. He played the same role during the transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration in 2017, serving as acting secretary of Education from late January of 2017 when Secretary John B. King Jr. left office until early February of that year, when DeVos was sworn in.

Background: Rosenfelt in 2019 was at the center of a controversy over the Trump administration’s efforts to replace the acting inspector general at the Education Department.

Trump appointed Rosenfelt to replace Sandra Bruce, the No. 2 official in the inspector general’s office, who had been serving as the acting inspector general. But the White House backtracked on the decision several days later amid backlash from Democrats, who opened inquiries into the matter.

Top Democrats accused the Trump administration of attempting to influence Bruce’s investigation of DeVos’ decision to reinstate a controversial accreditor of for-profit colleges. Education Department officials deny those charges.

2 thoughts on “DeVos urges career staff to ‘be the resistance’ as Biden takes over

  • Well bless her shrunken little heart. Isn’t she something?

    It isn’t a strange thing that folks living up there in the rarified air on the top floor suffer from a disconnect from reality and a sense of priviledge that they actually expect everyone down here in the scratch-off world to be obediant, even in their absence. Trump didn’t drain the swamp. He just moved many of them into the administration. In case anyone has missed it, DeVos is a member of that ultra-conservative Chriatian Dominionist group they call the Council on National Policy, who intend to privatize education, do away with the education department, and close down public education altogether. Shades of Justinian.

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    • Hello Cagjr. They say she almost single handedly destroyed the public education system of Michigan before she bribed tRump to be his Education Secretary. It was her mission to interfere and defund public education while strengthening / increasing church schools. She really fits the Dunning-Kruger effect perfectly. Hugs

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