Monday, January 23, 2017

What Trump’s pick for education secretary means for the future of school choice

Billionaire philanthropist and longtime education activist Betsy DeVos, who is President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, faced harsh criticism from Democrats this week during her Senate confirmation hearing, but school choice advocates are electrified by the possibility that, together, Trump and DeVos might turn America’s education system upside down.
TheBlaze spoke Wednesday with perhaps one of the nation’s highest profile school choice advocates. Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week, once worked with DeVos at the national school choice advocacy group, the American Federation for Children. National School Choice Week is next week, Jan. 22-28.
Campanella said he is encouraged by the policies Trump and his education secretary-designate have set forward because, in Campanella’s opinion, they will “expand educational options for families” and get rid of the “strings attached” to federal education dollars that can stifle creativity and innovation in America’s classrooms.


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