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AOC hits back after Betsy DeVos warns ‘free college’ push is ‘socialist takeover of higher education’

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

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Outgoing Education secretary Betsy DeVos says free college amounts to a ‘socialist takeover’

In a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden’s education plans, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday blasted the push for free college as a “socialist takeover of higher education” that could damage the nation’s economy.

Speaking at an online conference hosted by the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid office, DeVos did not mention Biden by name. But she railed against “politicians” who have issued “shrill calls” to cancel federal student debt or make college free.

“Make no mistake: It is a socialist takeover of higher education,” DeVos said. “Now, depending on your personal politics, some of you might not find that notion as scary as I do. But mark my words: None of you would like the way it will work.”

DeVos has long opposed free college proposals and has been accused of undermining federal programs that allow some borrowers to get their student loans forgiven. A federal judge held

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DeVos says free college amounts to a ‘socialist takeover’

In a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden’s education plans, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday blasted the push for free college as a “socialist takeover of higher education” that could damage the nation’s economy.

Speaking at an online conference hosted by the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid office, DeVos did not mention Biden by name. But she railed against “politicians” who have issued “shrill calls” to cancel federal student debt or make college free.

“Make no mistake: It is a socialist takeover of higher education,” DeVos said. “Now, depending on your personal politics, some of you might not find that notion as scary as I do. But mark my words: None of you would like the way it will work.”

DeVos has long opposed free college proposals and has been accused of undermining federal programs that allow some borrowers to get their student loans forgiven. A federal judge held

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DeVos knocks free college push as ‘socialist takeover of higher education’

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos knocked the push for free college as a “socialist takeover of higher education” during an online conference Tuesday.



a person wearing a blue shirt: DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education'


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DeVos knocks free college push as ‘socialist takeover of higher education’

DeVos criticized the push during the Federal Student Aid office’s virtual conference, cautioning that a free college program would ruin the American economy. Her comments regarding the “truly insidious notion of government gift giving” come as President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration looms 50 days away.

“We’ve heard shrill calls to cancel, to forgive, to make it all free,” she said during the conference. “Any innocuous label out there can’t obfuscate what it really is: wrong. The campaign for free college is a matter of total government control.”

“Make no mistake: It is a socialist takeover of higher education,” she continued. “Now, depending on your personal politics, some of you might not find that

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Mississippi Governor Proposes $3 Million for Patriotic Education Fund to Reverse ‘Far-Left Socialist’ ‘Indoctrination’

To prevent the “poisoning” of an entire generation, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is looking to give $3 million to schools and nonprofits to educate young people on the “incredible accomplishments of the American way.”



Tate Reeves wearing a suit and tie: Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves speaks on COVID-19 testing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on September 28. In his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, Reeves proposed using $3 million to create a Patriotic Education Fund to reverse indoctrination in "far-left" socialist teachings.


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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves speaks on COVID-19 testing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on September 28. In his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, Reeves proposed using $3 million to create a Patriotic Education Fund to reverse indoctrination in “far-left” socialist teachings.

Part of the governor’s job is to submit his proposal for the upcoming executive budget and this year, Reeves prioritized the economy, the pandemic and education. Along with $5 million for training teachers in computer science and increasing math coaches, Reeves wants to create a “Patriotic Education Fund” to combat the “indoctrination in far-left socialist teachings.”

Those teachings, Reeves wrote in the budget

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Mississippi governor proposes $3M ‘Patriotic Education Fund’ to combat ‘indoctrination’ from ‘far-Left socialist teachings’

Students in the state of Mississippi will be taught “the American Way” if Gov. Tate Reeves gets his way.

The Republican included a call for $3 million to create a “Patriotic Education Fund” that will “combat the dramatic shift in education” toward what Reeves called a “revisionist history” of the United States.

“Across the country, young children have suffered from indoctrination in far-left socialist teachings that emphasize America’s shortcomings over the exceptional achievements of this country,” Reeves wrote in a budget plan for the upcoming year released Monday. “Revisionist history has aimed to tear down American institutions, and it is poisoning a generation. Capitalism, democracy, and other uniquely American values have been the victims of a targeted campaign from foreign and domestic influence—aiming to destroy the pillars of our society.”

Reeves called the U.S. the “greatest country in the history of the world” before proposing a $3 million investment in

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