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Through her divisive rhetoric, Education Secretary DeVos leaves a troubled legacy of her own

By Mark Hlavacik, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of North Texas
Dustin Hornbeck, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Texas Arlington
Kevin Welner, Professor, Education Policy & Law; Director, National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado Boulder
Nicholas Tampio, Professor of Political Science, Fordham University
Stanley S. Litow, Visting Professor of the Pratice, Public Policy, Duke University
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Editor’s note: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos resigned from her post effective Jan. 8, 2021, saying there was “no mistaking” the impact that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric had on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Here, five scholars offer their views on DeVos’ legacy at the federal agency she headed for four years.

Mark Hlavacik, associate professor of communication studies, University of North Texas:

In her resignation…

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