Could Betsy DeVos Reject a State’s ESSA Plan for Not Embracing Choice? No. | Education Week

Posted on April 11, 2017

Betsy DeVos

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By Alyson Klein

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told an audience at the Brookings Institution Wednesday that she wouldn’t necessarily approve every state’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act right off the bat.  And at the same event, she continued to push her favorite policy: school choice. (More from Andrew here.)

DeVos didn’t say specifically that states would have to embrace choice in their plans in order to pass muster with the department. But the juxtaposition still had some folks nervous, including Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who told Politico that she hopes DeVos “clarifies her comments and makes it clear that she does not plan to threaten states or hold their proposals hostage unless they conform to her privatization agenda.” UPDATE: A department official did, indeed, clarify DeVos’ remarks to US News and World Report. DeVos wants to “encourage” states to consider choice in developing plans for the law, the official said.

Could DeVos legally reject a state’s plan because it didn’t include choice, even if she wanted to?

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