Specifically, the priorities are designed to encourage grantees to empower parents and educators; reduce red tape; utilize and build evidence of what works; and, most importantly, take strides toward ensuring equal access to the high-quality, affordable education every American student deserves in an educational environment that is safe and respectful of all viewpoints and backgrounds.
*Empowering Families to Choose a High-Quality Education that Meets Their Child’s Unique Needs.
*Promoting Innovation and Efficiency, Streamlining Education with an Increased Focus on Improving Student Outcomes, and Providing Increased Value to Students and Taxpayers.
*Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills.
*Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills that Prepare Students to be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens.
*Meeting the Unique Needs of Students And Children, including those with Disabilities and/or with Unique Gifts and Talents.
*Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science.
*Promoting Effective Instruction in Classrooms and Schools.
*Promoting Economic Opportunity.
*Encouraging Improved School Climate and Safer and More Respectful Interactions in a Positive and Safe Educational Environment.
*Ensuring that Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Have Access to High-Quality Educational Choices.
“Since her confirmation hearing, I have voiced concern that Secretary DeVos would abuse her position to prioritize privatization, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing. Instead of listening to the millions of students, parents, and teachers who stood up against her extreme ideological agenda, her proposal will allow her to prioritize applicants that would siphon taxpayer funds away from the public schools that serve the vast majority of students. This is shameful and I urge Secretary DeVos to implement laws and award federal funding as Congress intended — not as she sees fit.”
“The US Department of Education’s top priority should be to support state and local education leaders in providing a quality public education, from pre-K through college, for all students — regardless of where they live, how much money their parents make, or how they learn. Despite the lack of evidence proving the effectiveness of vouchers, the Secretary is proposing to divert taxpayer dollars to private schools and for-profit interests through the use of supplemental priorities. This is not aligned with the will of Congress nor taxpayers. I urge the Secretary to heed the advice of the overwhelming majority of Americans and prioritize investment in public schools and the students they serve.”