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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Resigns, Effective Today

News broke last night that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has submitted her resignation, effective today. This was first reported last night by the Wall Street Journal, which said that DeVos's resignation letter to President Trump stated, "There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me," referring the attack on the Capitol building by a large pro-Trump crowd on Wednesday.

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who is also the spouse of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), also resigned her Cabinet post yesterday in the aftermath of the attack.

Regarding the DeVos resignation, Inside Higher Education reports: "By leaving office, DeVos removes herself from the debate over whether to use the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment says that the vice president, and a majority of Cabinet officers, can remove the president and install the vice president in his place."

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that DeVos's resignation letter went on to say: "We should be highlighting and celebrating your administration's many accomplishments on behalf of the American people. Instead, we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people's business. That behavior was unconscionable for our country."

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