by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | December 11, 2016 6:44 pm
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is vowing to end Common Core. If she is serious about that, it will mean finally that Common Core will die an agonizing death as it should. She made her statements Friday night at a “Thank You” rally with Trump in Michigan. Devos is a longtime school choice advocate and a billionaire GOP donor. Trump is impressed with her depth of knowledge concerning education policy and her dedication to improving public education and expanding charter schools in the Great Lakes State.
“One of the most critical issues we have to tackle is education,” Trump told supporters in Grand Rapids, Mich., before inviting DeVos onstage. “We’re going to reform our broken education system to put students and families first.” Trump described DeVos as one of the “the top education reformers in our nation and someone … who has devoted decades to helping our students.”
From the New York Post:
Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, will put the brakes on the contentious Common Core standards if she is confirmed by the Senate.
“It’s time to make education great again in this country,” she said at a Trump rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday. “This means letting states set their own high standards and finally putting an end to the federalized Common Core.”
DeVos, a prominent Republican donor and the former head of the Michigan GOP, is known as a charter-school advocate and a booster of school choice and education vouchers.
DeVos’ five-minute speech echoed her new boss’s stance.
“The answer isn’t bigger government — it’s local control, it’s listening to parents, and it’s giving more choices,” she said.
Advocates on both sides of the bruising battle over the federalized education standards said they were cautiously optimistic about the incoming administration’s position.
DeVos is not without her detractors. Oddly enough, Breitbart is going after her. And they aren’t alone.
A member of the leadership team at Stop Common Core in Michigan says their activists are “not fooled” by Trump education secretary pick Betsy DeVos’s claim she is not a supporter of Common Core.
“Parents, educators, and grassroots activists across the state of Michigan know exactly who DeVos is and her position on Common Core,” Karen Braun tells Breitbart News the day after DeVos joined Trump in Grand Rapids at a “Thank You” tour stop in her state.
“We’re not fooled by a single, carefully parsed statement on a webpage that she is ‘not a supporter – period,’” she says. “We know the truth. We experienced it first hand. So have many Michigan lawmakers; but for some reason they continue to stay silent and give DeVos a complete pass. Loyalty to DeVos trumps loyalty to the truth, apparently.”
DeVos has promised to scrap the education standards, which are currently used in more than 40 states, if confirmed by the Senate. I don’t know much about her, but I pray she keeps her word. Our children and grandchildren are depending on it.
“This means putting kids first,” she said to cheers. “This means expanding choices and options to give every child the opportunity for a quality education regardless of their zip code or family circumstances. This means letting states set their own standards and finally putting an end to the federal Common Core.” DeVos continued, “The answer isn’t bigger government. The answer is local control. It’s listening to parents and it’s giving more choice. And if I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed as your secretary of education, our kids, your kids will have someone fighting for them every single day.”
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