Reston, VA – NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti issued the following statement on President-Elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education:

NASSP congratulates Betsy DeVos on her nomination as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. We look forward to working with her and the new administration toward our common goal of educating each child and helping them reach their full potential.

NASSP remains steadfast in its belief that universal public education provides an essential foundation for a democracy that aspires to involve all of its citizens. Where the secretary-designate’s policies aim to enhance public education and address areas of weakness, she will find in NASSP an ally and a partner. Misguided policies that weaken public education by diverting public funds from already-strained public schools or by enriching private companies at the expense of our neediest students, however, will continue to meet NASSP’s vigorous opposition. Once the nomination and approval process is completed, we look forward to sharing our concerns with Ms. DeVos directly and to constructing with her a powerful vision for public education as we move forward.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.