May 22, 2018 - Economy

Betsy DeVos: Teachers deserve better wages

Betsy DeVos testifying before Congress

Betsy DeVos testifying before Congress. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told the House Education and Workforce Committee Tuesday that teachers, who are striking across the country for better wages and work conditions, should be "better compensated" when asked about teacher strikes around the country.

Why it matters: DeVos doesn't often speak directly about teacher pay — in April, she told the Dallas Morning News that teachers should "stay focused on what's right for the kids" — though she has expressed in the past that she believes teacher's deserve betters wages. Nonetheless, DeVos and her department have yet to address the issue in a policy way.

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