DeVos: Leave school choice to states

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

CAM­BRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Betsy DeVos says any fed­eral man­date on school choice would lead to a "moun­tain of medi­ocrity."

In­stead, DeVos told an au­di­ence at Har­vard Univer­sity Thurs­day night that states will de­cide the fu­ture of school choice — the move­ment to give stu­dents op­tions be­yond their lo­cal pub­lic schools. She made the com­ments dur­ing her key­note ad­dress at a con­fer­ence on school choice in Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts.

DeVos was a sup­porter of school choice in Michi­gan be­fore be­com­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's ed­u­ca­tion chief, but had yet to share any na­tional plans.

She says Wash­ing­ton's role will be to "as­sist states who are work­ing to fur­ther em­power par­ents."

Some Har­vard stu­dents protested DeVos and her re­cent de­ci­sion to re­voke Obama-era rules guid­ing col­leges on how to han­dle cam­pus sex­ual as­sault cases.

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