One on one with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - President Donald Trump is requesting that Secretary of Education, and Holland-native Betsy DeVos review every policy and regulation from the department that may be intrusive to local schools.
Newschannel 3’s political reporter Nick Minock got to speak with Secretary DeVos after the President signed the new executive order.
In the exclusive interview, we asked if DeVos plans on repealing Common Core.
In November of 2016, Ivanka Trump was very direct about her father’s plans for Common Core.
“He would repeal it,” said Ivanka.
Now, that the new Trump administration is in place, Newschannel 3 put the question to Secretary DeVos.
“Is that your plan?” asked Newschannel 3’s Nick Minock.
“Well, with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, in essence, Common Core is not a national program or mandate anymore,” said DeVos. “Power has been returned to state and local entities to be able to decide what standards and what expectations they are going to have of their students. Now I’m very hopeful that every state will set their expectations high. We want them to shoot high on behalf of their students, but the reality is there is no more federal Common Core and it’s not mandated from the federal level.”
“Looking at parochial schools, charter schools, how are they augmenting public schools?” asked Minock. “Your critics say the voucher system takes away money from the public school system. What say you?"
"What I say is that every parent should have choices like I had for my children and they should be empowered to make a choice that's best for their child, the best education environment for them,” said DeVos. “It can take a variety of avenues or manifestations of that, but they should all be empowered to make those types of choices for their kids."
During her confirmation hearings, the Michigan native was criticized for her support of charter schools, taking a lot of flak from the Michigan Education Association.
We asked DeVos how it felt seeing backlash from her home state.
“The critics don’t really bother me,” said DeVos. “I know where my heart is, and I know that I am advocating for them, for all kids. So that allows me to sleep well at night.”
But not every kid sleeps well at night. Newschannel 3 pressed DeVos on what she plans to do to improve educational outcomes in low income areas like Flint and Detroit.
"Well, the Department of Education is not going to mandate what state A, or B, or C does,” said DeVos. “That again is the commitment of this administration to return power to the states because states are different, communities are different. Those closest to students and those closest to the issues are best equipped to solve the problems and address the needs at the local level."