The U.S. Secretary Of Education Comes Out Against Government’s Role In Education
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos blasted her own agency’s role in public education on Saturday, claiming that education policy in the U.S. has centered on the interests of teachers unions and other special interests at the expense of children.
The Detroit Free Press reported that DeVos’ comments came during her speech at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan — her home stomping grounds.
"Over the past 40 years the federal government alone has invested well over $1 trillion in K-12 education," she said, and yet American students still lag behind their global peers, ranking 24th in reading achievement, 25th in science and 40th in math.
DeVos lamented that the only proposals currently on the table are “for more of the same — more spending, more regulations, more government." The secretary said family is and should be the first school.
An advocate for charter schools, including parochial schools, DeVos has been a major supporter of school choice while at the same time railing against the public school system.