U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, recently spoke at ALEC’s 44th annual meeting. In case you’re wondering who ALEC is, their website states that they are “America’s largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism.” Coincidentally, the tenets of limited government, free markets, and federalism align perfectly with the Republican Party, which makes it baffling how ALEC successfully advertises itself as a nonpartisan organization.
In any case, DeVos made several superficially common-sense statements during her seventeen minute speech that were unfortunately interwoven with gross inaccuracies.
At the beginning of her speech, she made the inarguable point that there needs to be more local control of public education. “Leaders in each state are better able to understand their own circumstances. They are more able to devise solutions than someone perched in Washington, D.C.” The reason why this point is inarguable is because it is not open for debate. Secretary DeVos apparently fails to understand the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed last year so that states could have more autonomy over their own education systems.Read More