President-Elect Donald Trump on Education


President-Elect Donald Trump… what will he mean for education? I wrote about his education policy before and I just wanted to refresh our memories. He said in a video on his website:

I am tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level. We can not have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education. So Common Core is a total disaster, we can’t let it continue. We are rated 28 in the world, the United States, think of it – 28 in the world, and frankly we spend far more per pupil than any other country in the world by far it’s not even a close second.

So here we are, we spend more money and we are rated 28. Third world countries are ahead of us. We are going to end Common Core. We are going to have education, an absolute priority.

He has had good instincts on Common Core. Ultimately that is something that will need to be stopped at the state level. Having a presidential administration that doesn’t push it will be helpful however.

I wrote at the time.

The primary problem I have with Donald Trump when it comes to education policy is the lack of specificity. Why does he believe Common Core is bad? Why does he believe education needs to be at the local level. I want to know he understands the issue and isn’t just spouting off talking points.

How will he end Common Core when states have adopted these? Does this mean he’ll end the carrot and stick approach to federal education funding? Will he work to repeal the Every Student Succeeds Act? Will he work to end the U.S. Department of Education?

I will also be curious how he will navigate a Congress who has passed several bad education bills of late. All that said I know Hillary Clinton would have been a disaster, and I suspect Donald Trump will be better if follows through on devolving education policy to the states – something that wouldn’t have happened under a Clinton administration.

Another ray of light with Tuesday’s results. Bill Evers is advising him on education policy. Secretary of Education Bill Evers has a nice ring to it.

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