Charter school advocates in North Carolina where 82,000 students are enrolled in the alternative education program are cheering the confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, McClatchy DC reported.
"She's going to be thinking outside the box," Donald Bryson, director of North Carolina's chapter of Americans for Prosperity, told McClatchy DC. "Families need real choice and real options and real reform."
DeVos, a billionaire, is a strong supporter of school choice who has limited experience with public education. She had one of the most contentious confirmations in history when Vice President Mike Pence had to cast a vote to affirm her, the first time a VP had been summoned to the Capitol to break a tie on a cabinet nomination. The vote was deadlocked at 50-50 with two Republican Senators voting no.
In North Carolina, charter school backers including Lee Teague, Executive Director at N.C. Public Charter Schools Association, hope DeVos' department will approve federal charter-school funding for the state. Enrollment in the alternative education program has nearly doubled since 2011. There are 158 charter schools in the state.
"We know that on far too many occasions, a family's income is the biggest determinate as to if a child will be adequately educated," Darrell Allison, president of the N.C. Parents for Educational Freedom, told McClatchy. "We have to really put action to rhetoric if we really want to remedy that. We need every tool in the tool box."
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