To some, the end of days are approaching. For others, the end of federal interference in education is near. Regardless of one’s perspective, we can all agree that a new day for federal education policy is coming under the banner of the Trump Administration.
Despite what may excite or frighten us, one thing is clear. We know very little about what education policy will look like under President Donald Trump. We know he has called for a $20 billion fund for school choice. We know he has selected an Education Secretary, in Betsy DeVos, who has been an advocate for similar school choice issues. But that’s about all we know (other than the President Elect is anti Common Core).
We don’t know where the incoming administration will go on issues such as early childhood education, teacher evaluation, student loans, equity, STEM, or career and technical education. We don’t know where it is going to come down on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act or on the enforcement of the Every Student Succeeds Act. In fact, there is far more we don’t know than we do.
I pursuit of some of the answers to these unknowns, Eduflack is happy to announce he is hosting a new regular radio program on BAM Radio Network on the Trump Administration and its education policy work. TrumpED will look to take a deep dive into the edu-thoughts and policies of the incoming administration, though a non-partisan (some may say Pollyannish) lens.
THe first episode of TrumpED is now available. I hope you’ll give it a listen and give it a chance. And if any loyal Eduflack readers have ideas for future segments or suggestions of potential guests, please shoot them my way.