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2017 Outlook for New Jersey Public Education

New Jersey public education in 2017 will be defined by the influence politicians play on policy during a likely turbulent year ahead. 

The election of Donald Trump as president and his selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education has created concern among public educators as the Secretary Designee has campaigned personally and contributed money to promote charter schools and vouchers. Once confirmed, Ms. DeVos will be in a position to influence what happens on the state level as regulations implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are finalized within the federal Department of Education. By nature of her position, she will hold the education “bully pulpit” in the new administration, exerting her influence on state policy. It will be interesting to watch her actions as president-elect Trump was elected in part on cutting back on federal power and regulation. Read more...