National education
Delay sought in DeVos’s confirmation

Democrats are pushing to delay the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, until a federal watchdog agency finishes reviewing her background and financial investments for possible conflicts of interest or other ethics concerns.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing Wednesday for DeVos, a Michigan billionaire. She is one of several Trump nominees whose wealth and financial holdings have overwhelmed the bipartisan Office of Government Ethics, which is responsible for vetting Cabinet nominees.

— Emma Brown

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Percentage of kindergartners invited to participate in Montgomery County’s language-immersion programs who are Hispanic, despite Hispanic students accounting for 31 percent of kindergartners districtwide. The county is looking to bring more diversity to the programs.