DeVos: It’s a ‘good thing’ that pandemic will force schools to make long-overdue changes

“We highly value education as a nation and again, I think the last six months have really revealed the fact that the system that most students have been a part of has been a very static, one-size-fits-all system that is unable in way too many cases to pivot, to be nimble and flexible and to adjust to new and different circumstances.

And I think this is a good thing because I think it’s going to really force changes that should have happened many years ago. And most of that’s going to happen when families themselves are empowered to make those choices and those changes and those decisions.

And I think about a really important bill that’s been introduced in both, now both, houses of Congress, called School Choice Now, which would help families who are more vulnerable and don’t have the resources that many better-off families have had, to go and make these decisions on what’s best for their child. This would empower many other families to be able to do the same thing, and it was just introduced this week in the House, and there was bipartisan support in introducing the bill.

And yet there hasn’t been any mainstream media attention paid to it. Parents are demanding that they have choices, and whether the system wants to acknowledge it or not, is becoming less and less relevant because the demand is continuing to increase.”

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