DeVos Suggests Scrapping HEA Reauthorization

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday delivered a keynote address at an education technology conference in Salt Lake City, calling for significant changes to the federal government's approach to K-12 and higher education, Politico Morning Education reported.

On the higher education front, DeVos said that lawmakers should "start afresh" rather than reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). Both Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (VA), Republican chairs of the Congressional education committees, have stated that reauthorizing the HEA—which directs nearly $150 billion to federal student loan and grant programs—is a priority. However, DeVos questioned "why would we reauthorize an act that's like fifty or sixty years old and that has continued to be amended?"

She noted that the needs of students and individuals should be the focus, rather than "systems" and "buildings" in both K-12 and higher education, Education Dive reported.


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