Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to overhaul America’s Department of Education, has teachers unions and liberals scared for their lives.
During a recent speech, DeVos echoed Trump’s call to return education standards to the states: “The answer isn’t bigger government – it’s local control, it’s listening to parents, and it’s giving more choices.”
From New York Post:
Advocates on both sides of the bruising battle over the federalized education standards said they were cautiously optimistic about the incoming administration’s position.
“I’m happy to hear it,” said Michael Reilly, president of Community Education Council 31 in Staten Island, “but I’ve heard this kind of rhetoric in the past from both sides of the aisle.”
“We still see the measurement of our schools tied to testing,” Reilly said. “Until we move away from that, parents are not going to buy into the Common Core and the testing that goes with it.”
“This may actually allow us to go back to a previous era, when rigorous school standards were not this kind of pitched partisan battle,” said Marc Porter Magee, CEO of 50CAN, a national network of pro-Common Core advocates.
“When state and local leaders make their own decisions on school standards, they are much more likely to reach pragmatic decisions that will last,” Magee said.
Congressman Ryan Zinke summed up the value of having DeVos lead the Department of Education in one tweet:
— Ryan Zinke (@RyanZinke) December 13, 2016
For years, conservatives have pledged to dismantle the Department of Education, and while the department may not be abolished under President-elect Trump, it appears highly likely that his administration will return much of our nation’s education policy back to the stands and in the hands of parents, not Washington, D.C. and the teachers unions.