DeVos touts rising support for school choice, charter schools as families seek ‘more control’

By: Valerie Richardson
The Washington Times
8/21/2019
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a huge proponent of school choice, and it turns out she’s not alone. An Education Next survey released Tuesday found rising support for charter schools, taxpayer-funded vouchers, and tax credits for private-school vouchers, programs aimed at expanding options for parents looking beyond traditional public schools. Ms. DeVos said the survey results show that “American families want more control and more options when it comes to education,” and put in a plug for her Education Freedom Scholarships proposal.

Public Support Grows for Higher Teacher Pay and Expanded School Choice

By: Michael B. Henderson, David Houston, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West
Education Next
8/20/2019
With the 2020 presidential election campaign now underway, education-policy proposals previously at the edge of the political debate are entering the mainstream. On the Republican side, the Trump administration has intensified its campaign for school choice. U.S. education secretary Betsy DeVos is asking Congress to enact $5 billion in tax credits annually to encourage donations to state-approved organizations providing scholarships that, if the state allows, could be used to attend private schools.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visits the Upstate, pushes for Education Reform Scholarships

By: Renee Wunderlich
WYFF4
7/18/2019
TAYLORS, S.C. — U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, visited Taylors on Thursday afternoon to promote Education Freedom Scholarships. She, along with Gov. Henry McMaster and state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, held a roundtable discussion at Hidden Treasures Christian School about school choice.

Perspective: Classroom Disruption — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shares her vision of ‘education freedom’ with The Gazette

By: Wayne Laugesen
The Colorado Springs Gazette
7/7/2019
“Freedom.” U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos cites the principle routinely when explaining her vision for disrupting the educational establishment. DeVos wants more freedom for kids enduring economic and racial segregation. She wants freedom from stigmas that favor white-collar jobs over blue-collar jobs. Freedom of religion. Freedom to learn in the manner that works best for individuals from limitless walks of life. DeVos envisions an educational landscape that forgets no child, strands none in schools that do not perform and treats students with dignity — whether they’re headed for Harvard, trade school or a job at the market down the street.

74 Interview: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Freedom Scholarships, Why Parents Deserve More School Options & the ‘Noisy Status Quo-Protecting Cabal’ Fighting Her Agenda

By: Esmeralda Fabián Romero and Laura Greanias
The 74 Million
6/19/2019
During a recent trip to California en route to a school in San Diego, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sat down for a detailed interview about her education philosophy, policy priorities and top critics. Among her more noteworthy insights, DeVos talked about why she believes she’s made progress toward her goals (because “we hear the opposition yelling louder than they have for a long time”), why she believes education freedom is inevitable and “is the answer to just about everything,” and why she remains wary of the “very noisy status-quo-protecting cabal that is keeping kids from having a better chance and a better future.”

How Education Freedom Scholarship Can Supplement Educational Choices

By: Scott Walker
Washington Times
4/11/2019
Now, the federal government is joining the fight. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is working with lawmakers on legislation to create Education Freedom Scholarships. The program will provide for a $5 billion annual federal tax credit for voluntary donations to state-based scholarship programs.

A First Step Toward Fixing Education

By: Jeanne Allen
Washington Examiner
3/14/2019
Last month, federal lawmakers unveiled the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, which would expand federal support for innovation, opportunity, and access to high-quality education for students across the country.

DeVos Scholarships Would Give Control to Parents, not Bureaucrats

By: Quin Hillyer
Washington Examiner
3/14/2019
It was surprising to learn, from Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute, that some opposition is brewing from the Right against a new scholarship plan proposed by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. One must assume that conservatives who oppose the plan must not understand it.