ESSA and Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos’ Education Agenda

ESSA and Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos’ Education Agenda

November 30, 2016

Elizabeth Mann, a fellow in governance studies at Brookings, discussed the impact that ESSA will have on Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos’ education agenda. Mann concluded that since ESSA prohibits the “secretary from requiring states to adopt specific standards,” DeVos’ best way to impact policy will be to “incentivize state leaders to cooperate with her.” Under ESSA, however, DeVos will have opportunity to impact education reform by approving state accountability plans.