Rumors About Betsy DeVos’ Resignation Squelched

Published November 8, 2017

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has shown no signs of leaving her post, contrary to media reports:

Betsy DeVos haters can rejoice it seems: The secretary is planning to resign from Trump’s cabinet, according to a much-shared Salon story.

But it’s not true — there is no indication that DeVos is planning to quit.

The story, originally published on the progressive site Alternet, claims in its headline that “Officials expect DeVos to resign from Trump administration.” A piece for the website Raw Story also made a similar claim.

As of this morning, the Salon version had racked up over 250,000 shares on Facebook. Prominent people have posted it on Twitter, including American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, who described it as “breaking news,” and an Ohio congresswoman.

In fact, the article does not rely on any original reporting, but simply draws from a lengthy Politico profile of DeVos, focusing on the constraints she has hit as head of the Department of Education.

It seems the Salon writers are spewing wishful thinking as fact, and turning fiction into a narrative they hope will come true – much like they do with every story they publish on education choice and public schools.



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