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Betsy DeVos Takes Aim at Previous Administrations' DoEs

January 17, 2018

School Choice Weekly #206

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos isn’t mincing words when it comes to her views on how previous administrations’ departments of education operated:

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took to task previous administrations – both Democratic and Republican – for taking too heavy-handed an approach in driving education policy, resulting in stagnant academic achievement despite billions of federal dollars spent.

“Politicians from both parties just can't help themselves,” she said. “They have talked about painting education in new colors and even broader strokes. But each time, reform has not fundamentally changed the system. Each attempt has really just been a new coat of paint on the same old wall.”

She then went on to do exactly that, criticizing everything from the heavy-handed accountability system included in the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law to the billions of dollars in competitive education grants that the Obama administration relied on to persuade states to adopt its policy preferences.

Actions generally speak louder than words, but let’s hope in this case, DeVos’ policy initiatives are at least as powerful as her rhetoric.

SOURCE: U.S. News and World Report


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Teresa Mull is a policy advisor for education at The Heartland Institute.
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