Reston, VA – It is to be expected that some in the education community will agree with Betsy DeVos’s education positions, and others will not. What is unexpected, and frankly disappointing, is that three and a half hours of Senate HELP committee testimony produced no new information about the nominee’s policy positions. The drumbeat of non-answers and a demonstrated weak understanding of the few policy issues addressed in the hearing did little to supplement a thin education record–and provided the nation’s school leaders little content to consider. All of us with a stake in the academic success of students deserve to know where the nation’s chief education officer stands on crucial issues. Given a paucity of information and our continued opposition to voucher proposals that shift funding away from public schools, the nation’s school leaders cannot encourage the Senate HELP Committee to approve Ms. DeVos’s nomination.


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