‘ON OUR CHILDREN’S SIDE’ Trump education pick DeVos voices support for public school alternatives

Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos voiced strong support for public school alternatives at her confirmation hearing Tuesday, telling senators that “parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning fits the needs of every child.”

DeVos told the Senate Health, Education and Pensions Committe that she would be “a strong advocate for great public schools” if confirmed, but added that “if a school is troubled, or unsafe, or not a good fit for a child … we should support a parent’s right to enroll their child in a high-quality alternative.”

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DeVos, 59, also said she will seek to address rising higher education costs and massive student debt, but also advance trade and vocational schools as well as community colleges because “craftsmanship is not a fallback — but a noble pursuit.”

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of DeVos to lead the Department of Education was harshly criticized by teacher’s unions, who have claimed that DeVos wants to undermine the public education system, which provides instruction to more than

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