« As Congress Probes the Shift to ESSA Under DeVos, Here's What to Watch For | Main | House Lawmakers Cast a Critical Eye on ESSA Oversight »

DeVos Tells Special Educators: Parents 'Shouldn't Have to Sue' for K-12 Choices

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reiterated her call for vouchers and other forms of school choice at a gathering Monday for special educators, my colleague Christina Samuels reports over at On Special Education

Speaking at a federal gathering for special educators, DeVos talked about the parents behind a recent Supreme Court case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. That case lead to a verdict that students with disabilities be given an "appropriately ambitious" education.

DeVos said she agreed with that outcome, but added, "Most families don't have that advantage and thus they don't have a choice. This is neither right nor just, and it's fundamentally at odds with the American value of equal opportunity. Every family should have the ability to choose the learning environment that is right for their child. They shouldn't have to sue their way to the Supreme Court to get it." 

DeVos also criticized the Obama administration's approach to civil rights enforcement, which she said made resolving complaints difficult. And she touted the department's new website for the main special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Much more over at On Special Education. 

Don't miss another Politics K-12 post. Sign up here to get news alerts in your email inbox.

Follow us on Twitter at @PoliticsK12.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments