After her bumpy confirmation hearing Tuesday night, President-elect Donald Trump’s Education secretary pick was a social media sensation Wednesday. Video snippets showed DeVos struggling to answer questions about the best way to measure student performance. Her suggestion that allowing states to permit guns in and around schools could help protect against grizzly bears was relentlessly mocked on Twitter. Perhaps most damaging was DeVos’ suggestion that states should handle enforcement of a federal law that protects the civil rights of children with disabilities.Sound bad? Not if you actually listen to what she said.
Al Franken asked a rambling and incoherent question about testing proficiency and growth, and she answered:
“I think if I am understanding your question correctly around proficiency, I would correlate it to competency and mastery, so that each student is measured according to the advancements that they’re making in each subject area,” DeVos said.Franken went on to rant about having limited time to ask questions, but he wasted all his time to give a speech.
The answer seems completely correct to me.
Earlier, Tim Kaine had asked DeVos whether all schools that receive taxpayer funding should be required to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.The point of Kaine's question was whether she would continue the extremist Obama administration policy of using the federal govt to force local schools to allow boys to use the girls bathrooms and locker rooms.
“I think that is a matter better left to the states,” DeVos responded.
I sure hope she wants to leave the matter to the states and local school boards.
The grizzly bear comment came in response to questions from Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) about gun control in schools. DeVos said decisions on gun access should be made by local and state governments. She then referred to a small rural school in Wapiti, Wyo., where earlier in the hearing, Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) had said the school had to ward off grizzly bears.The point is that if a Wyoming school neads to take measures to stay safe from bears, then the feds should not interfere.
“I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies,” DeVos said.
DeVos is hated by the leftists and public school teachers associations because she wants parents to have some choice about where they send their kids to school. The Democrats depend on brainwashing the next generation, and the last thing they want is a parental right to opt-out of the brainwashing.