Yesterday, on February 7th, Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate as US Secretary of Education in President Trump's administration. Her extensive background in business, entrepreneurship, politics, and education meant she was the perfect choice for President Trump. DeVos is a strong advocate of school choice, voucher programs, and charter schools.
Today NCGOP Chair Robin Hayes congratulated new education secretary Betsy DeVos on her confirmation and immediately invited her to visit North Carolina, where Republicans dedication to school choice is improving the quality of education and choices for parents and students across the Tar Heel State.
- "As leaders in the school choice movement, we would be thrilled to host Secretary DeVos at the earliest possible time. We look forward to showing her North Carolina's success, and examine ways how we can expand school choice with a now willing federal government."
- -NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes
According to her website: "Active in politics for more than 35 years, Betsy was elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party four times, and she has served in numerous leadership roles with campaigns, party organizations, and political action committees. Today, her political efforts are focused on advancing educational choices."
Not really sure what "school choice" means? Click on the video above by edchoice.com to understand all of the different elements.
School choice in NORTH CAROLINA!
North Carolina is a leader in school choice thanks to Republican leadership and policies set forth during the past four years. We have two educational choice programs. Click on the programs below for more information on each!
North Carolina - Opportunity Scholarships (Voucher)
North Carolina - Special Education Scholarship Grants for Children with Disabilities (Voucher)
In North Carolina this year, over 6,000 special needs and low income children will be receiving a voucher so they can attend a school of their choice, whether that's a public school, private school, or charter school. We have well over 90,000 children attending nearly 170 different charter schools across the state. Since 2011, the NCGA has advanced school choice more than any other time in state history.
North Carolina families need more options. We can't expect one education system to meet the needs of every family. This is in no way a detriment to the public school system. Rather, these programs are being put into place to compliment the public school system. North Carolina Republicans have an increasing commitment to sustaining these programs for the long-term. Republicans have pledged to increase funding in these programs and make sure the number of eligible children who want to attend these schools will continue to increase as well.
- Contact: Emily Weeks