Education Dept Apologizes For Misspelling Black Leader's Name

Department of Ed. honors W.E.B Du Bois and then spells his name wrong news Betsy De Vos 1

Department of Ed. honors W.E.B Du Bois and then spells his name wrong news Betsy De Vos 1

But the effort to highlight Du Bois' famous words backfired-because whoever sent the Tweet misspelled Du Bois' name, as "DeBois".

On Sunday, the Education Department - which is overseen by Betsy DeVos - tweeted out a quote by African-American scholar and NAACP co-founder W.E.B.

Maybe the Department of Education should have double-checked the spelling of W.E.B.

The response was ruthless, with Twitter followers of the agency lampooning the misspelling.

The U.S. Department of Education has been posting links and quotes that pay tribute to icons in celebration of Black History Month.

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Another tweet followed, apologizing for the apology.

But she faced a hard Senate confirmation process in large part because of her support for voucher programs and other alternatives to public education and because she purportedly never taught in a public school.

The Senate narrowly confirmed DeVos last week despite a firestorm of complaints about her nomination. One commenter tweeted: "I love that your initial apology for a typo included a typo".

The Du Bois error was left unaddressed for almost four hours before the department posted a corrected version of the tweet and issued an apology - which also included a typo. "We don't need any further proof that DeVos runs this account".

A spokesman for the Education Department said Sunday the misspellings had been made by a longtime department employee.

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