Trump Chooses Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary: School Choice including Vouchers Are on the Agenda

Trump Chooses Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary: School Choice including Vouchers Are on the Agenda, by the National Review.

Donald Trump has chosen conservative reformer Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary. A better choice would be hard to find. …

Betsy DeVos, 2005

DeVos has long been bullish about the prospects for school choice in its many forms, observing that the ineffectiveness of the public-school monopoly, often ruled by thuggish teachers’ unions, has become obvious. …

School choice — a term, she has said, that ought to encompass everything from “vouchers and tax credits [to] virtual schools, magnet schools, homeschooling, and charter schools” — is taking root as a viable, and better-performing, alternative.

As education secretary, DeVos will be in the ideal position to roll back the mess of federal regulations that have hamstrung teachers and kept students in failing schools, to restore to states a measure of power over their own education systems, and to help make the government a resource for, not an impediment to, student success.

Australia desperately needs more school choice. If it succeeds under Trump, maybe we can coy the better reforms here. The real fight is about removing our children from their schools, where they are currently propagandized.

hat-tip Stephen Neil