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DeVos has scuttled more than 1,200 civil rights probes

A ProPublica analysis of data on more than 40,000 civil rights cases has found that, under Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Department of Education has closed more than 1,200 civil rights investigations that were begun under the Obama administration and lasted at least six months. The cases were closed without any findings of wrongdoing or corrective action, often due to insufficient evidence.

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DeVos’ code words for creationism offshoot raise concerns about ‘junk science’

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick for education secretary, says she supports science teaching that “allows students to exercise critical thinking.” This seemingly innocuous statement has raised alarms among science education advocates, and buoyed the hopes of conservative Christian groups that, if confirmed, DeVos may use the U.S. Department of Education to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools.