Betsy DeVos says minimum progress for students with disabilities is “preposterous”

Sep 13, 2017 by

U.S. education secretary is on national tour of schools that are rethinking education

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, flanked by school officials at a private autism center in Denver, called on the nation’s public schools to work with parents to better serve students with special needs.

Minimum progress for students with disabilities, she said, “is preposterous. Our students deserve better.”

DeVos’s statement comes nearly six months after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that set a new — and higher — standard for how the nation’s public schools educate students with special needs.

DeVos spoke Wednesday after touring the Firefly Autism center as part of her first multi-state tour as education secretary. The tour aimed to highlight a mix of schools — district-run, charter, private — that were “rethinking” education.

“We must rethink what education means for every student,” she said. “Different students living in different places demand different solutions.”

The Denver-based autism center was chosen because of its role in the landmark Supreme Court case that involved a south suburban Denver family.

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