Statement from Secretary DeVos on the Government Reform Plan

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement:

“President Trump campaigned and won with his promise to reduce the federal footprint in education and to make the federal government more efficient and effective. Today’s bold reform proposal takes a big step toward fulfilling that promise. Artificial barriers between education and workforce programs have existed for far too long. We must reform our 20th century federal agencies to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

“This proposal will make the federal government more responsive to the full range of needs faced by American students, workers, and schools. I urge Congress to work with the Administration to make this proposal a reality.”

Note by COABE and NAEPDC: The changes would require approval from Congress, but it isn’t clear that lawmakers have the appetite to undertake a far-reaching reorganization, especially at this point in the year. With Congress set to consider Appropriations bills, immigration, and other contentious issues, there is virtually no time left on the Congressional schedule before the November midterm elections. During the Clinton Administration, Republicans proposed merging the departments of Education and Labor, and calling the new agency the Department of Education and Employment. That proposal failed.