Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos may have plagiarized Obama administration official’s press release. 

Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos may have plagiarized Obama administration official's press release.
Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos may have plagiarized Obama administration official’s press release.

Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos may have plagiarized Obama administration official’s press release.

Democrats have submitted hundreds of questions to Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos. In response to a question from Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the committee, on bullying of LGBT students, DeVos almost directly — and uncited — quoted Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of Obama’s Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.

The questions — which totaled over 1,000 — were answered in DeVos’ name, but it’s unclear what role aides and staffers played in answering the queries.

“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.”

Gupta was credited with nearly the same quotes in a May 2016 press release on ensuring the civil rights of transgender students.

Gupta wrote:

“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment that allows them to thrive and grow.” 

CNN has more details here.

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