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DeVos Says Accountability Systems Could Promote School Choice

The Department of Education is considering rejecting states’ proposals for new accountability systems if they do not include options that empower parents or provide them with additional educational choices for their children.

“I think there’s certainly going to be a lot of discussion and back and forth as we go through this process,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Wednesday in answering a question about whether her agency would reject a state’s accountability proposal if she views it as “antithetical to serving parents’ interests.”

“The goal is clearly to implement as Congress has intended and to really push it back to the states to step up and create and innovate in ways they haven’t done before,” said DeVos, who since being confirmed as education secretary has pounded the importance of parents having choices for where they send their children to school.