Betsy DeVos alludes to an “ambitious expansion” of school choice but offers no details

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Betsy DeVos) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Betsy DeVos) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Andrew Pillow

Betsy DeVos was in Indianapolis Monday night to deliver a speech to the American Federation for Children's National Policy Summit attendees. She was expected to offer details about the Trump administration’s school choice plan.

That plan reveal was the principal reason the State Teacher's Association showed up to protest her visit.

However, the reveal of the new plan never really materialized.

DeVos did however, offer an impassioned defense of the school choice policies that the Trump administration will eventually seek:

“We must acknowledge that the future is bleak for millions of students if we only continue to tinker around the edges with education reform..."
"It shouldn't matter where a student learns so long as they are actually learning.”

DeVos also praised Indiana’s school choice programs and highlighted the example of a student named Reyna Rodriguez:

“Because of the financial help they receive from Indiana's Choice Scholarship, they're able to send Reyna and three of her siblings to schools that meet their individual needs…"
"Here in Indiana, we've seen some of the best pro-parent and pro-student legislation enacted in the country. More than 80,000 students take advantage of the state's public and private school choice programs.”

While it’s obvious that DeVos’s main goal is to implement school choice programs all over the country, she maintains that the Trump administration would leave such decisions up to the individual states.

DeVos was expected to unveil further details about the controversial Tax-Credit Scholarship Program. Critics of the plan say it allows wealthy businesses to turn a profit off of charitable donations. There were no further details on the program but DeVos is planning to visit Indianapolis’s Providence Cristo Rey High School Wednesday morning. Almost a third of the school’s students are scholarship recipients.

Read all of Betsy DeVos remarks here. (ed.gov)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.