Jun 21, 2017
Alyson Klein of Education Week and Andrew Kreighbaum of Inside Higher Ed discuss recent developments on the federal policy front, and what’s been a busy month for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The Education Department has hit the “pause button” on regulations aimed at reining in for-profit colleges, announced plans to scale back civil rights investigations, and suggested federal scrutiny of state accountability plans for K-12 education could be more forceful than some people -- particularly Republicans -- were expecting. How do these actions fit with President Donald Trump’s campaign pledges to have a lighter federal footprint on education matters, while also reversing some of the Obama administration’s signature initiatives? And what has DeVos staked out as her priorities in the handful of public speeches she’s given so far, including to the nation’s largest gathering of charter school advocates?