Betsy DeVosI want to begin by saying it’s time for us to break out of the confines of the federal government’s arcane approach to education. Why now? Because Washington has been in the driver’s seat for over 50 years with very little to show for its efforts. We’ll never be able to solve a problem unless we acknowledge it exists, so here’s the current reality:

…The system is based on the Prussian model implemented in the early 1800s. Yes, courtesy of a country that no longer exists.

—Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Remarks to the 2017 ASU GSV Summit, May 9, 2017

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