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Betsy DeVos Appoints Former FIRE Official as New Deputy Assist. Sec. of Higher Ed Programs

Betsy DeVos Appoints Former FIRE Official as New Deputy Assist. Sec. of Higher Ed Programs


Anyone who is good enough to work for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is a safe bet to work in this position. This was an outstanding choice.

Inside Higher Ed reported:

DeVos Appoints First Amendment Advocate to Key Position

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has appointed Adam Kissel, formerly of the Koch Foundation and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs, the department confirmed Monday. Politico first reported the hiring.

As director of the Individual Rights Defense Program and vice president of programs at FIRE, Kissel was a frequent critic of universities the group has accused of violating the free speech rights of students and faculty.


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A WONDERFUL choice! F.I.R.E. has been actively advocating for students’ rights and alerting parents and students to the pitfalls on college campuses since my kids were in high school- and they’re in their thirties now!

Based on the numerous reports from around the country on the prevalence of flagrant violations of student’s rights in Title IX actions, as well as the near universal imbalance in protection of free speech rights by administrators, he will have a lot of work to do.

    Walker Evans in reply to Topnife. | June 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    If his past record is any indication – and it usually is – a lot of soi disant institutions of higher learning are going to be in real trouble! Couple this with President Trump’s threat to cut funding to UC Berkeley for free speech violations and you’ve got a ‘yuge’ incentive to get your school’s stuff in order … fast!

Another reason to be thankful for Trump. You can tell that she is going to do good things by the level of squealing by the teacher’s unions.