Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Breaks Tradition, Declines to Address Education Reporters at Annual Convention

President Trump listens as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a meeting with parents and teachers at the White House on Feb. 14. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
President Trump listens as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a meeting with parents and teachers at the White House on Feb. 14. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Every U.S. education secretary has found time to address the Education Writers Association convention, and the organization was hoping that Betsy DeVos would agree to do the same thing at its 2017 convention in Washington. It’s not happening.

Caroline Hendrie, EWA executive editor, said the association invited DeVos to speak at the convention right after she was confirmed by the Senate as education secretary on Feb. 7 (which, you may remember, happened only after Mike Pence broke a tie in the Senate, becoming the first vice president in history to do so for a Cabinet nominee).

When no response was forthcoming, Hendrie said the invitation was renewed several times, but it was not until late April that a staff member at the Education Department called to decline. Why? According to Hendrie, “They couldn’t make it work for her schedule.”

The Education Department did not respond to a query about why they couldn’t make it work.

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SOURCE: Valerie Strauss 
The Washington Post