Local schools districts are reacting to the country’s new Secretary of Education. Betsy Devos was confirmed to the post Tuesday, after a close Senate vote.
The Superintendent of Bloomington’s District 87, Dr. Barry Reilly says while it appears Devos lacks experience dealing with public education, he believes the new Every Student Succeeds Act gives more power to the states to make educational decisions. He believes the local leaders are in a better position to make impactful decisions.
“We certainly rely much more on our local people who are here and who know much more about what’s going on, and that starts with our locally elected board of education. They’re the ones who are in the best position to make decisions about the education of the kids,” he explains. “My hope is that, like any leader, she surrounds herself with very good people who really are the ones who do the work in the weeds. You know, public education is extremely important.”