On August 9, 2016, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook published an article by Dale Mezzacappa about the appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Education. The article cited PennCAN’s Executive Director:
Cetel, head of PennCAN, agrees with El-Mekki that it is necessary to balance school choice and accountability. But, he noted, the power of the federal government over states has lessened with the demise of the federal No Child Left Behind law regulating K-12 education and the enactment of its successor law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.
“States drive policy,” Cetel said. Without more details on what DeVos actually plans to do to inject the federal government into areas like choice and the use of Title I dollars, “it is impossible to oppose or support her. It’s impossible to start criticizing until we know what the policies will be.”
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