JUST IN: Betsy DeVos Caught In The Biggest Scandal Of Her Career (DETAILS)


What happens when kids cheat on their term papers? After Democrats caught the Donald Trump Department Of Education secretary nominee Betsy Devos cheating, breaking copyright laws, is she still acceptable? DeVos already had a lot going against her, far more than being totally ignorant of public education and a lifetime committed to dismantling it. DeVos broke the law against plagiarism. This is how.

Prior to testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Betsy DeVos had to answer a questionnaire. The Michigan billionaire lifted complete passages from other sources without citing the authors. She even copied one of President Barack Obama’s civil rights officials. Plagiarism is illegal.

Nominee Betsy DeVos submitted a questionnaire to the committee, which voted to pass her Tuesday, 12 to 11 along party lines. In answering a set of questions addressing LGBTQ students, the Washington Post reported that DeVos wrote:

‘Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.’

According to WaPo, DeVos lifted this quote in May of 2016, a blatant act of plagiarism:

‘Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment that allows them to thrive and grow.’

Committee Democrats already had deep doubts about her ability to advocate for public schools, given that she is committed to a voucher program for privatization and has financial links to that industry. Certainly, Devos knows little about federal civil rights laws.



Rather than write her own answers, DeVos casually lifted entire passages from “federal statutes and Education Department materials” without sourcing the information. Asked about listing schools which were currently being investigated for Title IX civil rights violations, she wrote:

‘Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made a determination about the merits of the complaint.’

DeVos was blatant in her copyright infringement, even lifting that comment from the Education Department website! The site reads:

‘Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that OCR has made a determination with regard to the merits of the complaint.’

She certainly earned an F.

Check out this tweet about Betsy DeVos’ plagiarism below:

Featured Image: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla.

H/T: Washington Post.