Pompeo and DeVos warn about Confucius Institute influence in US classrooms and campuses

The leaders of the State Department and the Education Department joined forces to warn that K-12 classrooms and universities nationwide are being targeted by the Chinese Communist Party’s influence operations, including the presence of Confucius Institutes on campus.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sent letters on Friday to the chief state school officers for all 50 states related to grade school and high school education, as well as to the presidents of U.S. colleges and other institutions of higher learning, warning about China’s influence on learning in the United States and specifically calling out Confucius Classrooms and Confucius Institutes.

This comes as the State Department ramps up its critiques of China’s actions (including its coronavirus cover-up, the oppression of the Uyghurs, its power grab in Hong Kong, the military build-up in the South China Sea, China’s potential use of Huawei and apps such as

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DeVos touts school choice during pandemic in Waukesha visit

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks with parents about schools operating during COVID-19 at the Waukesha Expo Center on Thursday. (Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos touted school choice in a visit Thursday with parents in Waukesha, saying many families have been unhappy with education during the pandemic and should be able to decide what school is best for their children.

DeVos took part in a roundtable discussion with parents, all of whom had moved children to private schools — some through taxpayer-funded vouchers — so they would have in-person instruction.

“We know that the last several months have been tough for families, for parents and for kids,” said DeVos, who described the educational experience in Wisconsin and across the country as “uneven.”

“More than ever, parents have a keen understanding of what their children need to learn, how they learn,”

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Betsy DeVos was with Trump days before his COVID-19 diagnosis

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 and “will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.”

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ office didn’t immediately say Friday whether she has been tested for coronavirus following the news that President Donald Trump and his wife have tested positive. 

DeVos, a prominent Michigander and member of one of the state’s richest families, attended an event with the president on Monday at the White House. The event was outside and DeVos was some distance from the president, but it was not immediately known whether they met more closely at some time before or after the event.

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Early Friday, after the president tweeted that he and his wife, Melania

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announces grant award at Hampton University

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education Scott Stump were at Hampton University Friday to announce that the university was one of eight locations to receive grant funding to provide students the opportunity to develop new skills in high demand areas.



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The recipients will leverage the expertise and facilities available on college campuses to spur entrepreneurship and foster business development and innovation, as the country starts to recover from COVID-19-related disruptions to education.

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Hampton University received $17,735,349.43. Through Hampton University, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development will establish the Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.

The center will provide opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs to help grow the recovering economy, such as new education and training opportunities.

Hampton joined California, Hawaii, New York, and other states that will use the

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Betsy DeVos announces $17.7 million for small business program at Hampton University

The U.S. Department of Education is setting aside $17.7 million in coronavirus relief funds for a new small business incubator at Hampton University.



a group of people that are talking to each other: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, left, elbow-high-five with Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President of Research and Associate Provost Dean, Graduate College, after her visit Hampton University during the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.


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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, left, elbow-high-five with Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President of Research and Associate Provost Dean, Graduate College, after her visit Hampton University during the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the grant in a visit to campus Friday morning. Virginia is one of eight states that won part of over $126 million set aside for workforce programs as part of the federal government’s COVID-19 response.

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The Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center will be a partnership between the university, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development and Old Dominion University.

“This program is for all kinds of students, of all ages, including and especially

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under investigation for potential Hatch Act violation: report

The Office of the Special Counsel has started investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act for her comments during an interview with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum, according to Politico.

During the interview on “The Story”, DeVos had been asked about Biden’s promise to roll back her school choice policies.

“Today he’s turned his back on the kids that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the teachers union and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s really shameful,” DeVos said.

The interview was then promoted through the official channels of the Department of Education, according to an email shared by the outlet.

EDUCATION SECRETARY DEVOS WARNS ABOUT WAVE OF PRIVATE SCHOOL CLOSINGS: ‘THAT’S A CRISIS IN THE MAKING’

The complaint, shared by Politico, alleges that DeVos’ comment “attacked Democratic Presidential Candidate Vice President Joe Biden and

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Education Secretary Besty Devos under investigation for potential Hatch Act violation: report

The Office of the Special Counsel has started investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act for her comments during an interview with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum, according to Politico.

During the interview on “The Story”, Devos had been asked about Biden’s promise to roll back her school choice policies.

“Today he’s turned his back on the kids that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the teachers union and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s really shameful,” Devos said.

The interview was then promoted through the official channels of the Department of Education, according to an email shared by the outlet.

EDUCATION SECRETARY DEVOS WARNS ABOUT WAVE OF PRIVATE SCHOOL CLOSINGS: ‘THAT’S A CRISIS IN THE MAKING’

The complaint, shared by Politico, alleges that Devos’ comment “attacked Democratic Presidential Candidate Vice President Joe Biden and

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