Three Takeaways for Authorizers: Education Secretary-Nominee DeVos Hearing

Stay Updated With The Latest News

NACSA is committed to sharing regular updates on the latest federal COVID-19 information available in an effort to highlight education policies taking place during the pandemic. Primarily, these updates will focus on the latest packages Congress is considering and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

Three Takeaways for Authorizers: Education Secretary-Nominee DeVos Hearing

On 1/17/17 the Senate Help, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee conducting its hearing on Secretary-Nominee Betsy DeVos.

Here are three short takeaways for charter school authorizers:

  • Charter schools—specifically charter school oversight and accountability—were a big discussion topic. Charter school authorizers (in the form of charter “overseeing bodies”) were explicitly referenced by the Secretary-nominee in one of her responses on accountability. The 74 has a good summary of her answers on charters and choice.
  • Any large scale changes to education funding—such as the $20B school choice proposal from President-elect Trump—will have to go through Congress. The Secretary-nominee said she would not use her position to mandate that states adopt a particular choice program.
  • Secretary Nominee DeVos clearly views parent choice as an integral aspect of her education philosophy: “Why, in 2017, are we still questioning parents’ ability to exercise educational choice for their children? I am a firm believer that parents should be empowered to choose the learning environment that’s best for their individual children.”

Most Recent Posts
4 Reasons You Should Attend #NACSAcon
Smart, proactive public charter school authorizing can transform public education. We’ve seen it happen in cities across the country.  How did they do it? What lessons can you take from...
Holding Up a Mirror: What to Expect at 2021 NACSA Virtual Leadership Conference for Charter School Authorizers
As educators, we need to recognize the significance of this moment for charter school authorizers. The pandemic has interrupted schooling for millions of children–widening achievement and opportunity gaps that we...
Wyoming Gets a New Authorizer Is the Headline, But There’s More to the Story
Last month we touched on a Wyoming bill, SF130, which created a new authorizing pathway in the state. But there is more to the bill that deserves to be highlighted: through a comprehensive overhaul, SF130...