DeVos has tried to reduce the federal footprint in public education, because the more than $1 trillion she says has been spent has not produced positive results.
During his State of the Union address,
I asked DeVos who is paying for it?
"The one for her is being privately funded," she says (an aide later told me DeVos is the benefactor and donates her government salary to charities, including school scholarships).
How many others are on waiting lists for school choice scholarships?
"I don't know if there is a good figure for tax credit type scholarships," says DeVos. "I do know there are over one million families on wait lists for charter schools. I imagine there is close to that number who would opt to do something different if they had the opportunity. In fact, some recent polling data found only about 30 percent saying they would choose the school their child is currently assigned to. The rest would choose a different school in a different setting."
DeVos sees her block grant proposals as "a very compatible step to
I remind DeVos that during the 2016 presidential campaign,
"We know that 83 percent of African-Americans support this federal tax credit proposal," DeVos says, citing figures from the
What about student loan debt, which some
"There are other ways to get at this ... without congressional action," she says. "One of the things we've done is to add a lot of important information to what is called the College Scorecard. Students can go and compare field of studies between institutions to see how much it will cost ... and then what their first year (after graduation) earning potential is. It is based on real data of those who completed the programs before. We hope students will use this information to make better and wiser decisions of what they are going to pursue from a higher-ed perspective."
DeVos hints she might not stay for another four years if the president is re-elected. She'd have to be asked to stay. But if she succeeds in her proposed reforms, she will have improved the education of millions of children. That would be an enduring legacy.
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