May 24, 2017

DeVos: "Parents are the best equipped to make choices"

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified in front of a House Appropriations Subcommittee today on the White House's proposed 2018 budget — but found herself in a testy exchange with Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), who asked if there were situation where the federal government might step in and prevent discriminatory schools from using voucher programs:

DeVos: "The bottom line is we believe parents are the best equipped to make choices for their children's schooling and education decisions, and too many children today are trapped in schools that don't work for them. We have to do something different than continuing a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach. And that is the focus, and states and local communities are best equipped to make these decisions and framework on behalf of their —"
Clark: "I am shocked you cannot come up with one example of discrimination that you would stand up for students."

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