Tuesday, February 7, 2017

DeVos confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education: Here's what she can, can't do

Excerpt from the Philadelphia WHYY piece by Avi Wolfman-Arent:

Despite surprisingly robust opposition, Betsy DeVos became U.S. secretary of education Tuesday, thanks to a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.


So what can Betsy DeVos actually do in her cabinet post? And how might those actions trickle down to local schools?


"In Trump's inauguration speech, he basically said schools are awash in cash, and they're not getting any better," said Ashley Jochim, a research analyst at the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education. "I can't imagine there's a big emphasis on increasing or offering more dollars to federal education programs."


On a more general note, ESSA returns more power to the states.

"The secretary of Education is expressly prohibited from requiring states adopt or rescind any standards or assessments" under ESSA, said Jochim.


Read the full article.