Alexander Calls Betsy Devos Excellent Choice For US Secretary Of Education

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander released the following statement Wednesday on president-elect Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to become the next United States Secretary of Education:

“Betsy DeVos is an excellent choice. The Senate’s education committee will move swiftly in January to consider her nomination. Betsy has worked for years to improve educational opportunities for all children. As secretary, she will be able to implement the new law fixing No Child Left Behind just as Congress wrote it, reversing the trend to a national school board and restoring to states, governors, school boards, teachers, and parents greater responsibility for improving education in their local communities.

"I also look forward to working with her on the upcoming re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, giving us an opportunity to clear out the jungle of red tape that makes it more difficult for students to obtain financial aid and for administrators to manage America’s 6,000 colleges and universities.”



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