Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on the President’s Strategy and Policy Forum Listening Session

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Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on the President’s Strategy and Policy Forum Listening Session

April 11, 2017

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos joined fellow Cabinet members and White House senior staff in a listening session with the President’s Strategy and Policy Forum. After participating in breakout groups and remarks from the President, Secretary DeVos gave the following statement:

“In a rapidly changing economy, it is imperative that we give our students the skills they need to succeed outside of the classroom. This starts by returning decision making powers back to state and local governments and giving them the flexibility they need to meet the unique challenges they face. When the federal government gets out of the way, we remove a major obstacle blocking states from implementing common sense reforms.

“The best workforce is an educated workforce, and this Administration is committed to increasing access to career and technical education for college students and adults alike. By encouraging public-private partnerships, we can help connect students with prospective employers and provide those students with the necessary skills to find a good-paying job in their communities.

“Today’s event was a great opportunity to listen and learn from some of America’s best innovators and job-creators. I look forward to collaborating with them on how we can maintain our nation’s global competitiveness.”