Trump’s Discussion About Higher National Standards With Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos speaks at the 2016 American Federation for Children Policy Summit.
Betsy DeVos speaks at the 2016 American Federation for Children Policy Summit.

There was something in the readout that Trump’s transition released of the meeting that President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence had with Betsy DeVos that I glossed over that needs to be revisited now that she will be his nominee for Secretary of Education.

The readout said their meeting “was focused on the Common Core mission, and setting higher national standards and promoting the growth of school choice across the nation.”

Setting higher national standards?

I don’t want to jump to conclusions. I don’t want to put words in their mouth, but that is a peculiar way to describe the meeting with the President-elect who said he wanted to get rid of Common Core and that education decisions should be local.

There should be no national standards and there should be no federal influence over state standards – period so this statement in the readout is disturbing and I know I would appreciate some clarification from the Trump transition team as it seems like the focus with DeVos’ appointment is on school choice.

Why did President-elect Donald Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos discuss setting higher national standards? Or was this a screw-up by their communication team?

One thought on “Trump’s Discussion About Higher National Standards With Betsy DeVos

  1. I agree with you. If States were free of Federal control, there are several pre-common-core state standards available to them. Trump could pick those qualified standards as well. I think Trump and DeVos will choose to do a common core re-branding. Jeb can show them how its done. This is where Trump’s primary supporter need to start “holding his feet to the fire”. So far, not even a whiff of smoke.

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