Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has spent parts of two days in Nebraska, visiting a variety of schools.
DeVos says she wants to return education flexibility to the states.
“Most creative and innovative solutions to rethinking school and to meeting students’ needs are going to come at the local level,” DeVos tells reporters after her visit to the Lincoln Public Schools “Zoo School” held at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.
DeVos spent parts of two days in Nebraska, touring first the Midland University Omaha campus Wednesday evening. DeVos visited Nelson Mandela Elementary School in Omaha Thursday morning, then dropped in on classes at St. Mary’s Catholic School across the from the state Capitol in Lincoln and visited the innovative “Zoo School,” a science focused program Lincoln Public Schools holds at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.
DeVos makes no apologies for visiting a Catholic elementary school along with visits to public schools.
“The reality is there’s no one size fits all way for students to learn and I think we need to be open to new ideas and to new solutions in order to make sure every student,
every student has an equal opportunity to get a great education,” DeVos says.
DeVos says her “Rethink Schools” tour of the Midwest emphasizes flexibility in education, flexibility she wants to return to the states and, in turn, see the states return to local schools.
As for her advocacy of charter schools and vouchers for parents to send children to private schools, DeVos says it is up to the states to decide such issues.
State Education Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt
believes DeVos saw Nebraska provides flexibility for its schools.
“So, I’m really proud of what we’ve done in Nebraska,” Blomstedt tells reporters. “I hope what Sec. DeVos takes away is that’s she’s seen those opportunities in a very different way.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]