Public Schools
Associated Press/Photo by Carolyn Kaster, File

Trump picks charter champion for education secretary

Education | Betsy DeVos is a longtime Republican donor and advocate for school choice
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/23/16, 03:48 pm

School choice advocates are giving President-elect Donald Trump an A-plus for his education secretary pick, but opponents of Common Core are much less enthusiastic.

Betsy DeVos, a longtime Republican donor and charter school champion, was considered a supporter of the much-maligned standards. In a tweet following her nomination announcement, she attempted to allay concerns: “Many of you are asking about Common Core. To clarify, I am not a supporter—period.”

In a Q&A on her website, DeVos acknowledged some organizations she’s joined with have supported Common Core.

Read more

Facebook

Protecting parental rights

Education | Texas bill forbids public schools to come between children and their parents
by La Shawn Barber
Posted 11/23/16, 02:52 pm

Konni Burton introduced a bill in the Texas state Senate that bars public schools from hiding or withholding information from parents about their children. If passed, her bill would give parents the right to see all written records related to their children’s test scores, grades, disciplinary records, etc., including records related to their physical, psychological, and emotional well-being.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat

‘Yuge’ changes in store for American education?

Education | Donald Trump promised big school reform, but shift could be more subtle
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/11/16, 03:22 pm

Conservative education reformers went into Tuesday’s election prepared to play defense for the next four—or eight—years, fighting the continued advance of a federally focused education policy playbook. But Donald Trump’s surprise victory upended the reform fight, putting conservatives on offense and giving them the chance to make their case for big changes.

Read more