In a copy of her remarks to the Education Department, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos encouraged her staff to “resist” when President-elect Joe Biden and his administration take office in January.

“Let me leave you with this plea: Resist,” she said in a virtual meeting with the department. “Be the resistance against forces that will derail you from doing what’s right for students. In everything you do, please put students first — always.”

She highlighted her reconstruction of Title IX, which concerns sexual assault, on school campuses.

“In everything we accomplished was to do what’s right for students… four years later it’s still my focus and it’s still my hope for all of you,” she said.

The Education Department fought against the coverage of her statements, saying that they were interpreted entirely wrong, and that they “missed the point.”

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“The Secretary urged the staff to always put students first, and resist anything that distracts from that mission. Too many in Washington for too long have put the needs of adults and the education ‘system’ first. Secretary DeVos worked tirelessly for four years to reorient the conversation around students, especially disadvantaged students, and she urged everyone to keep students at the center of every decision,” said press secretary at the Department of Education Angela Morabito. 

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