Another Common Core Apologist Opts Out of Trump Admin Job

Prominent Indiana businessman Alan Hubbard just recently announced his withdrawal from consideration as Deputy Secretary of Education, the number two position under current Secretary Betsy DeVos. In his statement, he cited the significant financial sacrifice his family would need to make as far as selling assets for him meet ethics requirements in order to take the job. This is fabulous news for parents, citizens, and activists fighting against the Common Core/Fed Ed machine. Hubbard is a strong ally of both Betsy DeVos and the pro-Common Core American Federation for Children, as well as working closely Jeb Bush and with disgraced

2 Reasons Why DeVos’ Education Reform Plan Would Be a Disaster

Charter school and voucher expansion has been a hot topic across the nation at both the state and federal levels. Interest and grave concern about this expansion, especially at the federal level, has intensified from all points on the political spectrum in light of several recent developments: Florida’s bill serving as a trial run, the release of President Trump’s first federal education budget, Secretary DeVos’ recent testimony and speech, and the Jeb Bush-led promotion of these ideas. Betsy DeVos is very correct when she remarked in her prepared testimony about the federal education budget at the US House Appropriations Committee this

National School “Choice”: A Solution Worse than the Problem?

This piece was co-authored by Emmett McGroarty, a senior fellow at the American Principles Project. In her recent appearance before a House subcommittee, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos again made the case for school choice (allowing some semblance of public funding for private education, whether through vouchers, tax credits, or other mechanisms). But the questioning she received from Democrats on the subcommittee illustrated the most serious danger of publicly funded school choice: that such programs open the door to government regulation of private schools. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) cited a private school in Indiana that supposedly said it may not

Betsy DeVos’ Latest Speech Should Keep Conservatives on Edge

Conservatives have been waiting for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to unveil how much federal muscle she’ll exercise to push school choice. In a speech Monday before the American Federation for Children (AFC), an organization she previously chaired, DeVos hinted at but didn’t lay out the plan. In fact, her messages were decidedly mixed. Throughout the Fed-Ed Era of the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, most of what the feds did through No Child Left Behind and then the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) had no grounding in the Constitution. Education isn’t a constitutionally delegated power, so the opinion

Why Conservatives Should Rethink Their Support for School Vouchers

C.S. Lewis wrote, “Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts…” Such is the gradual, nearly imperceptible edging of both federal and state government into private and parochial education. When the name of freshly-minted Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is bandied about, the pendulum swings widely in both directions. As an advocate of private and parochial school vouchers, DeVos has disciples and detractors common to any hotbed issue. The division is largely partisan with predominantly progressive teachers and education associations opposed to the concept, and

Did Betsy DeVos Just Steal Jeb Bush’s Common Core Talking Points?

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos just can’t seem to avoid making misleading statements on Common Core. After suggesting — falsely — on a couple occasions that Common Core is no longer an issue, she repeated this claim yesterday, along with a statement which appeared to imply states which have moved away from Common Core may be setting the bar too low: “Well, with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA], in essence, Common Core is not a national program or mandate anymore,” said DeVos. “Power has been returned to state and local entities to be able to decide

President Trump Issues Order to Rein in Department of Education

This piece was co-authored by Jane Robbins, an attorney and senior fellow at the American Principles Project. On Wednesday President Trump issued an executive order directing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to determine which regulations and guidance documents issued by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) have unlawfully overreached on education policy to the detriment of state and local control. According to a senior USED official, Rob Goad, the order “puts an end to this overreach, ensuring that states and localities are free to make educational decisions as required by” three federal statutes that prohibit federal “direction, supervision, or control”

Why Does Betsy DeVos Keep Making False Claims About Common Core?

Monday, in an appearance on Fox News, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos once again asserted that “[t]here isn’t really any Common Core anymore” and that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed last year by Congress and signed by an enthusiastic President Obama, “essentially does away with the whole argument about Common Core.” You can watch DeVos’ full interview below: BILL HEMMER: When it comes to Common Core, will the administration withhold funds for states that pursue Common Core education, in order to get them to change their mind? DEVOS: Well as you probably know, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which