New Education Secretary Delivers First Public Message

Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently delivered her first public message to her new staff. Her contentious confirmation hearing ended when Vice President Pence cast a tiebreaking vote to make her our country’s next Education Secretary. (Click here to read our last post on DeVos)

DeVos’s supporters say that she’s a change agent, while detractors (including many teachers’ unions) say she’s unqualified and unsupportive of public schools. She was also criticized for saying she wouldn’t support a ban on guns in schools in case of “potential grizzlies.”

 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) “DeVos pledged in a nine-minute speech to challenge the Education Department to examine its policies and practices — and to listen to her new colleagues.” – Washington Post’s Emma Brown

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) “DeVos pledged in a nine-minute speech to challenge the Education Department to examine its policies and practices — and to listen to her new colleagues.” – Washington Post’s Emma Brown

In DeVos’s first message earlier this week, she laughed off her tough confirmation, joking that it was “a bit of a bear.” She also assured her staff that they would “find common ground and put the needs of our students first,” and that she plans to listen to her staff instead of just telling them what to do.

At Elevate Teachers, we hope that DeVos keeps her promise to serve our country’s students and listen to different points of view.  We plan to pay close attention to how she talks about and creates policies affecting teachers.

What do you think about DeVos’s speech? Leave your comments below.

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