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In her resignation letter, DeVos reportedly cited the Capitol breach carried out by violent pro-Trump supporters Wednesday as an inflection point.
DeVos is now the second White House cabinet member to resign due to the Capitol breach. Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoWhite House aides head for exits after chaos at CapitolTrump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positionsTrump to name Giuliani’s son to role on Holocaust Memorial CouncilMORE tendered her resignation on Thursday, directly citing the events that occurred at the Capitol.
The Hill has reached out to the Department of Education for confirmation.
During her time as education secretary, DeVos has faced a great deal of controversy, much of it stemming from her lack of experience in education. Before Trump tapped her for the position, she had been a major donor to Republican campaigns.
DeVos on Monday sent a letter to Congress as one of her last acts as secretary making a case to expand federal tax dollars going to private schools, a cause DeVos supported long before she became education secretary.
During a virtual meeting in December, DeVos reportedly told Department of Education staffers to “resist” the incoming Biden administration.
“Let me leave you with this plea: Resist, DeVos said. Be the resistance against forces that will derail you from doing whats right for students. In everything you do, please put students first always.