Secretary DeVos Proposes New Funding Priorities for Teachers’ Professional Development

Secretary DeVos Proposes New Funding Priorities for Teachers’ Professional Development

April 15, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos introduced a proposal last week that would empower teachers “through stipends or vouchers, to select and access professional development courses and opportunities that are relevant to their personal needs or career goals instead of having one-size-fits all programming dictated to them by the state or local education agency.” This shift in funding priorities would happen under the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program, which is authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Department of Education is now soliciting feedback from the public about this proposed change.