A Senate committee has approved Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos — wealthy philanthropist, political donor, and advocate of private and charter schools — for education secretary. The nomination now goes to the full Senate for confirmation. If confirmed, DeVos would oversee about 50.4 million students who attend about 100,000 public schools and 34,000 private schools. About 35…

Young people can’t tell the difference between real news and advertising, according to a study by Stanford University. “Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak,” researchers wrote. The study was conducted by Stanford’s History Education Group and published under the title, “Evaluating…

Questions have been raised about a Chinese company paying thousands of dollars to top universities in the United States, according to Reuters news service. Reuters says the money was given in exchange to help Chinese students apply to those schools. In October, Reuters reported that eight former employees of Dipont Education Management Group had changed or improved students’…