Education Secretary Betsy DeVos slammed calls to “cancel” student debt or make college free, making a case this week against what she called a “socialist takeover” of education — and prompting a fiery rebuke from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
DeVos, who almost certainly will be replaced once President-elect Biden is inaugurated, has been a lightning rod for controversy since her tenure began in 2017; she’s pushed deregulation and aimed to increase due process on college campuses, to applause from conservatives and harsh criticism from Democrats.
But with an incoming administration likely to take the Department of Education in a sharply different direction, one of President Trump’s longest-serving Cabinet secretaries made one last case against “total government control” of higher education Tuesday at the 2020 Federal Student Aid Training Conference.
“Policies should never entice students into greater debt. Nor should they put taxpayer dollars at greater risk. There are too many politicians