(National Sentinel) Education: President Donald J. Trump’s pick to head up the Department of Education is doing precisely what he selected her to do: Help him drain the D.C. swamp and relinquish Washington’s iron-fisted control over all Americans, one agency at a time.
Betsy DeVos has declared that the swamp will no longer be dictating school choice to states, thus returning power to locally elected legislatures, governors, and school boards.
As reported by Politico, DeVos said the Trump administration plans to introduce a historic school choice plan, but that states could opt in if they wanted:
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promised Monday night that the Trump administration would propose “the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history,” but said that states, rather than Washington, D.C., would make the decisions.
“When it comes to education, no solution, not even ones we like, should be dictated or run from Washington, D.C.,” she said.
DeVos added that the aim of the Trump administration proposal is “to empower states and give leaders like [Indiana] Gov. Eric Holcomb the flexibility and opportunity to enhance the choices Indiana provides for Indiana students.”
“We won’t accomplish our goals by creating a new federal bureaucracy or by bribing states with their own taxpayers’ money,” she said. “We should have zero interest in substituting the current big government approach for our own big government approach.”
Left-wing education groups are naturally opposed because the Trump administration is proposing these changes. Oddly though, conservative groups are also opposed, claiming that the program is somehow an expansion of the Department of Education – when clearly DeVos and the president are attempting to devolve power from Washington to the states, which is Federalism 101.
Meanwhile, the corrupt and politically compromised National Education Association voiced its typical opposition using a well-worn scare tactic: “It couldn’t be clearer: Betsy DeVos’ goal as Secretary of Education is to slash funding for public schools, using voucher schemes to funnel taxpayer dollars to unaccountable private schools,” it said.
The NEA’s opposition alone should be enough for most conservatives to back the DeVos plan.
What the NEA really fears is accountability. DeVos told the Senate Health, Education and Pensions Committee in January that she would be “a strong advocate for great public schools,” but added that “if a school is troubled, or unsafe, or not a good fit for a child … we should support a parent’s right to enroll their child in a high-quality alternative,” Fox News reported.