The U.S. can learn a lot from Switzerland's apprenticeship program, which allows students to prepare on the job for careers in health care, finance, and law, said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a speech Thursday to the International Congress on Vocational & Professional Training in Zurich.
Much of the advice offered to the federal school-safety commission at a listening session appeared to be out of line with policy preferences of the Trump administration and congressional Republicans.
The education secretary will explore K-12 and post-secondary education in three European countries that outperformed the U.S. on the Program for International Student Assessment or PISA: Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
U.S. Ed Secretary DeVos has approved plans for 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Still waiting: California, Florida, Oklahoma, and Utah.
The education secretary's comment at a Senate education subcommittee hearing seemed to contradict prior White House statements that the commission she heads will look at age restrictions on certain firearms.
Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., will take over as the chairman of the group in the next Congress starting in 2019, assuming he wins re-election this fall.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' team is working on guidance to help districts and states puzzle through changes to the law's "supplement-not-supplant" provisions, which are supposed to go into effect next school year, multiple sources say.
In the June 4 letter, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., who questioned Betsy DeVos about undocumented students and ICE in May, claimed that DeVos' comments were not only inaccurate, but dangerous.
Under ESSA, states must figure low testing participation into school ratings, but just how to do that is totally up to them.
The Santa Fe Independent School District near Houston will receive a $1 million federal grant to cope with the aftermath of a mass shooting that left ten educators and students dead earlier this month.