DeVos tells big-city school superintendents she believes in ‘great public schools’ — but some remain skeptical

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the Council of the Great City Schools legislative conference in Washington. Photo Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the Council of the Great City Schools legislative conference in Washington. Photo Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP

According to Emma Brown of the Washington Post, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke to urban school superintendents on Monday sharing that her agency intends to support their work and that “great public schools” should be among the education options available to families.

“I trust parents, I trust teachers, and I trust school leaders to do what is right for the students they serve,” said Devos, emphasizing her latest push to shrink the federal government’s role in local schools. “When Washington gets out of your way, you should be able to unleash new and creative thinking to set children up for success.”

Brown described the speech as ",...a conciliatory message from an education secretary who has spent nearly three decades promoting vouchers, charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools."

The speech did not satisfy everyone at the annual legislative conference of the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of 68 big-city school systems. 

“I think we heard the kind of philosophical statements that everyone can support,” said Allegra “Happy” Haynes, a Denver school board member. “They were a little short on details.” Read more here.