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Betsy DeVos: America's Students Need to Be Back in School

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 December 2020 01:55 PM

The remote schooling ordered in many districts because of the coronavirus pandemic is not working out for America's students, and they need to be back in school in person, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Wednesday. 

"We've been saying for months that kids need to be back in school in person, and the data continues to support that in every way," DeVos said on Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "All of the medical professionals have pointed to the fact and yet too many kids today are having to learn remotely, and it's not working for too many of them."

She added that families must be allowed to make choices concerning education that are right for their children. 

"Families whose children are learning remotely or, in fact, in too many cases not learning remotely and don't have the resources to do something different, that's got to change," said DeVos. "Policies at the state level, policies at the federal level have to support families making those choices, now more than ever. It's clear this needs to happen and those standing in the way need to get out of the way."

DeVos also doubled down on her comments from Tuesday that free college equals a "socialist takeover" of the nation's schools. 

"There's nothing free," she said. "We know somewhere, somebody has to pay for it. What is being suggested with free college is essentially a government takeover of higher education, and that will end up being a socialist system rationed with the quality and choices going down and going away."

America's higher education is the "envy of the world," DeVos said. 

She also argued that loan forgiveness "sounds great," but someone would have to pay for it. 

"When you think about the fact that two out of three Americans don't pursue a four-year college, why should any of them be asked to subsidize and pay for those who do choose it?" she said. "The students that have faithfully paid student loans and have sought out value for their education, have made decisions and choices based on that, why would they be asked to also subsidize and pay for somebody else who didn't make those good judgments and choices?"

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The remote schooling ordered in many districts because of the coronavirus pandemic is not working out for America's students, and they need to be back in school in person, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Wednesday. "We've been saying for months that kids need to be...
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