5 Great Reforms Betsy DeVos Will Bring to the Department of Education
On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie in the U.S. Senate to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos. Liberals have launched numerous attacks on DeVos, even protesting her nomination with a 24-hour "speechibuster" reminiscent of Ted Cruz's anti-Obamacare message in 2013.
Liberal attacks have branded her an elitist, a religious extremist, and a foe of public education. But what will DeVos actually do as secretary of Education? Here are 5 things to expect from the newly confirmed secretary.
1. Decentralize education, abolish Common Core.
When asked what DeVos will actually do at the Department of Education, Friends of Betsy DeVos spokesman Ed Patru told PJ Media, "I think you'll see a concerted effort to return decision-making back to states."
Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips praised DeVos as "someone who understands that better outcomes can't be dictated from Washington."
Along those lines, DeVos released a statement last year announcing her full opposition to the Common Core Education Standards. DeVos supports "high standards, strong accountability, and local control," her statement explained. She noted that many of the organizations she supported also backed Common Core, but added that "along the way, it got turned into a federalized boondoggle."
2. Put kids before unions.
"I also think you'll see a Department of Education that, before every decision, asks itself: 'Is this policy in the interest of kids, or is it in the interests of teachers, administrators and organized labor leaders?'" Patru added. He argued that under DeVos' leadership, "the interests of kids will always take priority."
Black leaders have also praised DeVos for her concern about all kids, regardless of race. "She's not African American, but she's concerned about our children," Dr. Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), declared in December. Montgomery said DeVos will be committed to "make sure that every child is in an environment to receive the education that is in the best interest of the child."
The new secretary of Education will "have a commitment to education, not just public education," Montgomery declared. This may involve shaking up the status quo, to put the needs of children ahead of the education establishment.