Since she was first nominated by President Donald Trump to be the United States secretary of education, Betsy DeVos has come under fire for one reason or another. This week, the problem with DeVos, who has been known to be hostile to public schools for decades is that her published schedule doesn’t seem to mirror her actual schedule.
US News is reporting there are quite a few people noticing this little anomaly. It also doesn’t appear the secretary is letting people know what she is planning on doing from one day to the next. Devos’ most recently updated schedule ends on October 20. The schedule being slow to update is only part of the problem.
On the last week that the office has published every day is notated as “There are no public events scheduled at this time.” The problem is that it appears she was making plenty of appearances.
On October 27, DeVos gave a speech at the Future Farmers of America convention. She also made an appearance at a round table that was geared towards figuring out how the department of education could better serve children with special needs.
The most interesting thing about both of these tidbits is that DeVos’ appearance at either one of these events would not be considered even a little bit controversial. So why is she hiding them?
Those who have been studying the way DeVos carries herself say that she simply does not go out of her way to make sure the public knows where she’s going to be. While this is not the biggest problem the federal government has ever faced, it’s clear that there are plenty of watchdog groups that aren’t happy her schedule is being kept off the books.
For now, the people looking into her schedule would just like the secretary of education to do a better job allowing the public to now her schedule.