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Trump's Pick for Education Secretary Reopens School Accountability, Voucher Debate

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Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the next Secretary of Education, testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Billionaire philanthropist and school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is among the incoming administration’s most controversial cabinet picks. DeVos favors a free-market approach to education and has long advocated for charter schools and school voucher programs. While her supporters hope that her appointment will lead to more options for students, others fear it will hurt public schools and weaken charter-school accountability. We discuss what DeVos’ confirmation could mean for schools nationally and here in California.

Guests:

Ana Tintocalis, education reporter, KQED News

David Plank , executive director, PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education)

Rick Hess, director of education policy studies, American Enterprise Institute

Eric Heins, president, California Teachers Association

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