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Published 12:45 p.m. ET Oct. 1, 2020 | Updated 12:51 p.m. ET Oct. 1, 2020

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on July 8, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/ AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. education chief Betsy DeVos will not seek an appeal over a judge’s ruling denying her the ability to give federal coronavirus funds to private schools.

The CARES Act, Congress’ $3 trillion coronavirus relief plan, included over $13 billion intended for schools with low-income students.

DeVos, who has been Education Secretary since 2017, originally said she wanted the money to go to private schools based on enrollment, not the number of low-income students. This would’ve given private schools a much greater amount than originally intended.

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The U.S. Department of Education is setting aside $17.7 million in coronavirus relief funds for a new small business incubator at Hampton University.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the grant in a visit to campus Friday morning. Virginia is one of eight states that won part of over $126 million set aside for workforce programs as part of the federal government’s COVID-19 response.

The Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center will be a partnership between the university, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development and Old Dominion University.

“This program is for all kinds of students, of all ages, including and especially adult learners seeking new knowledge and skills to grow and evolve their own businesses,” DeVos said. “I’m excited to see how this center will expand Hampton’s influential role in this community and throughout Virginia.”

The announcement is the latest announcement connected to the relationship between Hampton President William

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  • Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos is being investigated under the Hatch Act, Politico reported. 
  • The investigation is into comments she made on a Fox News interview slamming Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. 
  • The Hatch Act bars top-level government officials, excluding the president and vice-president, from partaking in political activity.
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is being investigated by the Office of the Special Counsel for potentially violating the Hatch Act when she slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during an interview with Fox News, Politico reported. 

The Hatch Act is a federal law that bars top-level government employees, excluding the president and vice-president, from partaking in political activity.

Politico reported that OSC Hatch Act attorney Eric Johnson told Scott Peterson, the head of investigative watchdog blog Checks and Balances about the investigation during an interview. 

In an interview with Fox News, DeVos criticized

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Judge Dabney Friedrich, the U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia (and a Trump appointee) this week became the third federal judge to stymie Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s plan to direct additional CARES money to private schools. This ruling is the most decisive of the three, not merely imposing an injunction but issuing a summary judgement against the secretary.

The issues was this: Congress set aside some CARES relief money to be distributed among public and private schools based on the number of students from low-income families. DeVos issued first a guidance, then a ruling,

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A Massachusetts judge on Thursday blocked the Department of Education from restricting CARES Act funds to college students who are U.S. citizens.



a close up of Betsy DeVos: Another judge blocks DeVos from withholding coronavirus relief money from undocumented students


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Another judge blocks DeVos from withholding coronavirus relief money from undocumented students

In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Leo Sorokin barred Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from enforcement of the rule for students attending Massachusetts universities.

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In guidance issued after the passage of the coronavirus aid measure, DeVos wrote that students must meet the eligibility requirements for federal student aid to receive the emergency grants in the package. The rule would exclude both undocumented students and some community college students.

“It’s clear the CARES Act was written to help Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic,” DeVos said in a statement to The New York Times in June. “U.S. taxpayers have long supported U.S. students pursuing higher education, and this rule simply ensures the continuity

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This is a rush transcript from “The Story,” September 1, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

MARTHA MACCALLUM, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: We sure will, it looks great out there. Bret. Great show tonight.

Here we go, folks. 63 days until the election. So, how many news cycles does 2020 have in store for us between now and Election Day? It’s anybody’s guess because in January, this remember was going to be the deciding factor.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. NANCY PELOSI, D-CA, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: So today, we will make history. When we walked down – when the managers walked down the hall, we cross a threshold in history delivering articles of impeachment against the President of the United States.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MACCALLUM: So, who can forget that procession down the hall? Remember that. But then with the economy taking off

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