Best Quotes from Betsy DeVos

Our nation’s commitment is to provide a quality education to every child to serve the public common good. Accordingly, we must shift the paradigm to think of education funding as investments made in individual children, not in institutions or buildings.

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You have to have teachers who are empowered to facilitate great teaching.

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Teaching is hard. It takes a lot of skill. Not everyone who tries can do it well. We need to admit that and act accordingly. We should reward and respect great teachers by paying them more, and we should stop rewarding seniority over effectiveness.

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I don’t think Donald Trump represents the Republican Party… I think more and more people are going to realize that they really don’t trust him.

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No student should feel like there isn’t a way to seek justice, and no student should feel that the scales are tipped against him or her.

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I expect there will be more private schools.

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I do support high standards, strong accountability, and local control.

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Above all, I believe every child, no matter their ZIP code or their parents’ jobs, deserves access to a quality education.

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I will not be deterred from my mission of helping kids in this country.

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One of the hallmarks of higher education and of democracy is the ability to converse with people with whom we disagree.

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If you can’t get cell phone service in your living room, then your particular provider is failing you. You should have the option to find a network that does work.

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There isn’t really any Common Core any more. Each state is able to set the standards for their state. They may elect to adopt very high standards for their students to aspire to and to work toward. And that will be up to each state.

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We won’t accomplish our goals by creating a new federal bureaucracy or by bribing states with their own taxpayers’ money.

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If the question is around gun violence and the results of that, please know that my heart bleeds and is broken for those families that have lost any individual due to gun violence.

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We’re not proposing any shifting of funding from public schools to private schools.

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We can focus on differences that divide us, or we can choose to listen and learn from each other’s experiences.

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It is not fair to think that when students transit through a K-12 system that is not preparing them for beyond, that somehow we are going to wave a magic wand and things are going to be perfect for them at the higher-ed level.

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As we know, lots of people working together to solve problems doesn’t happen often enough, particularly here in Washington.

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When governors such as John Engler, Mike Huckabee, and Mike Pence were driving the conversation on voluntary high standards driven by local voices, it all made sense.

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Social justice and economics are both issues to me.

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Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.

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I look forward to talking about how we can work together to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students while also refocusing the federal role in education.

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If politicians in a state block education choice, it means those politicians do not support equal opportunity for all kids.

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At my direction, the Department’s Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying, and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools.

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Assault in any form is never OK, and I want to be very clear on that.

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I support accountability.

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I can now video chat with my grandkids from any corner of the world, listen to music, or order food and have it delivered to my front door.

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Homeschooling represents another perfectly valid educational option.

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I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal.

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We’ll be examining and auditing and reviewing all of the programs of the department and really figuring out what is the core mission and how can the federal department of education really support and enhance the role of the departments in the states.

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Parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child. And they know other options exist, whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, faith-based, or any other combination.

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The bigger goal of giving all parents more choices is one that will have to be discussed and undoubtedly roundly debated, but we are going to have to continue to build the case. The momentum is there on the state level in many states. That’s where the energy needs to be harnessed in a new way.

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I need to stress that I could not be more supportive of great teachers and great teaching, no matter what kind of delivery vehicle they are teaching through. We have to support great teachers. They just have to be freed up to do what they do best.

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The bottom line is we believe that parents are the best equipped to make choices for their children’s schooling and education decisions.

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Too many children today are trapped in schools that don’t work for them.

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HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice. They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality.

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All schools that receive public funding should be accountable, yes.

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Federal law must be followed where federal dollars are in play.

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I can assure you I have never made decisions on my mother’s behalf on her foundation’s board.

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It would be fine with me to have myself worked out of a job, but I’m not sure that – I’m not sure that there will be a champion movement in Congress to do that.

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I expect there will be more public charter schools.

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I expect there will be more virtual schools.

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I expect there will be more schools of any kind that haven’t even been invented yet.

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We knew we had the resources to send our kids to whatever school was best for them.

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We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues.

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There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education.

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Discrimination in any form is wrong. I don’t support discrimination in any form.

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Let me say, I fully embrace equality, and I believe in the innate value of every single human being and that all students, no matter their age, should be able to attend a school and feel safe and be free of discrimination.

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When we had segregated schools and when we had a time when, you know, girls weren’t allowed to have the same kind of sports teams – I mean, there have been important inflection points for the federal government to get involved in some of the areas around protecting students and ensuring safe environments for them – there is a role to play.

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That’s where my heart has been for three decades is to really empower and allow all families the same kind of opportunities I’ve had for my kids.

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Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made a determination about the merits of the complaint.

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Dick and I became increasingly committed to helping other parents – parents from low-income families in particular.

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