Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Education one year ago this week. The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools marks this anniversary with a Report Card on her tenure.
To assess the Secretary’s leadership, we reviewed the U.S. Department of Education’s mission and purpose statements, and identified four specific roles in public K12 education on which to review her work.
In each area, it is clear that the Secretary, far from leading the agency to fulfil its mission, is taking us in exactly the opposite direction. This is not based on incompetence, but on a fundamental disdain for the historic role of the federal government in ensuring access and equity to public education for all children.