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Education Objectives of Trump Administration: Educational Choice

ArmchairPoliticianEducation, March 31, 2017, by Brad Peery, ArmchairPolitician.US

Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education spoke at the Brookings Institution and outlined the objectives of the Department of Education.

Children and parents should have school options where the children can learn, grow and be safe.

She said that there should be “no one delivery mechanism of education choice: Open enrollment, tax credits, home schools, magnets, charters, virtual schools, education savings accounts and choices not yet developed all have their place.”

Also, “state and local leaders are best equipped to address the unique challenges and opportunities they face, not the federal government. Locally driven innovation and customization are far more likely to generate meaningful results than are top-down mandates.”

There are those that say that the answer to improving schools is to throw money at the broken schools, but that has been tried with no success.

The Obama Administration spent $7 billion on School Improvement Grants (SIG).

on trying to fix targeted schools.

A report was issued on January 18, 2017 of this year that stated, “Overall, across all grades, we found that implementing any SIG-funded model had no significant impacts on math or reading test scores, high school graduation, or college enrollment.”

DeVoss said: “To improve school results we need to change the culture of these schools? The current defends a system at the expense of the very students it is supposed to serve. We can change the culture by embracing innovative disruptors and empowering parents and students with choice. The education debate needs to be student-centric. Choice alone is not a panacea, but there is evidence it works.”

Education should focus on the students, and their needs, not the schools and their physical structures.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion:

Secretary DeVos’s plans need to be looked at in the context of the proposed Trump Administration Budget. Spending on education is scheduled to be $60.2 billion a reduction of $9.2 billion, or 13.2%. The impact of these cuts was not mentioned.

On another note, the Trump Administration plans to increase the GDP growth rate to 3.1%, which will require improved education. In addition to technical innovation, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education can improve these results. Education is a long-term undertaking, but technology is improving rapidly.

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